If you’re like me, you’ve always dreamed of playing in the NBA. You’ve pictured yourself crossing someone over, penetrating down the lane and dunking over a big 7 foot center! If you’ve ever seen Kevin Johnson, Michael Jordan, Jason Kidd, John Stockton, Magic Johnson, Chris Paul, you’ll know that they’re are just some of the best ball handlers in the history of the game. If you want to get to that level though, you’ll need to understand the importance of basketball dribbling drills.
This is probably the one fundamental that is overlooked so often. People focus on shooting drills and defensive drills but ignore dribbling drills because it’s seems so basic. If you think about it though, if you’re a good ball handler you can create so many options on the offensive end. You can get past your defender either create an open shot, penetrate down the lane for a layup and you also break down the defense and get your teammates open for an open look.
I’m going to give you 5 basic basketball dribbling drills that will improve your ball handling instantly.
1. Dribble Kill:
Start by dribbling the ball at waist height for a few seconds and then “kill” the dribble by dribbling the ball as low as possible for a few seconds, then bring the ball up to waist height again. Repeat this for a few minutes.
2. Under the legs, back and forth:
Start off with your right leg extended, crouch slightly and repeatedly dribble the ball under your leg from your left hand back to your right hand. Try to gradually increase the speed in which you dribble the ball. Do this drill for around 30 seconds and then switch legs.
3. Shuffle dribble:
Start off by jumping slightly with one leg going forward and the other leg going back, dribble the ball in between your legs and then switch legs. Do this repeatedly for around 1 minute. This will help your between the leg dribbles.
4. Figure 8 low dribble:
This basketball dribbling drill starts out with your legs spread apart, dribble the ball as low as possible and begin to dribble the ball in a figure 8 motion in between and around your legs. When you’ve done this for around 1 minute, do a low dribble around one leg only with one hand, then switch over to the other leg with the opposite hand.
5. Frond V Dribble:
Start off by dribbling the ball to your side, then your next dribble with come to front of you as if you were going to do a crossover, but instead of switching hands, bring your hand over the ball and then next dribble will go back to the same side. Repeat this for around 1 minute then repeat this drill with your opposite hand.