It takes more than talent and desire to become a professional basketball player. Due to the sport’s popularity, one of every 500 high school players will become a pro. It’s an accomplishment to get picked up by agents to join their roster and to become a professional basketball player. You’ll need competitive experience and proper training if you want to excel in this field.
Learn All the Game’s Rules Like the Back of your Hand
Just like other things, the more you know the sport, the better you’ll be able to play it. The good thing to do is to ask players or better ask coaches, check web sites or join a team. Keep playing regularly until it becomes a part of you.
Basketball is both mental and physical sport. You should focus on both areas. If a zone lacks in you, try to improve in this field without forgetting the other. For example, if you’re working on your dribbling skills, just finished working on it and try dribbling up to the hoop from half-court then shoot a layup.
Get Yourself in the Best Physical Shape
Start working out by getting down to a gym. You can outrun and outlast your opponents even if they’re much talented than you. As Michael Jordan said, best players are good scorers, good team player, and good defensive player. You have to be in good shape to have all three, and these exercises will help you out:
- Push-ups.Take a lot of push-ups in different varieties, like the fingertip push-ups. This will contribute to making your palm and fingers strong. You’ll be amazed at how better you can palm the ball even if you don’t have large enough hands. It can be possible with strong fingers.
- Core Workouts.Having a strong core will help you take a hit and still finish strong at the rim. So, work your core strength with planks, lower back extensions, leg lifts, and crunches.
- Jump Rope.It seems like a weak activity, but it works! Jump as hard, long and as fast as you can. This will surely improve and will result to have a more rapid footwork on the hard court.
- Jumping.Improve your vertical leap. Tall guys don’t have to put all their efforts in rebounding since they are tall enough to get the ball. So, if you are agile, fast and can jump high, you can get the rebound over a taller opponent. You can beat them if you focus working on it.
Dribble like a Madman
If you find yourself like you need to concentrate on dribbling, then you’re not good enough to be a pro. You have to feel where the ball is at all times, have perfect control over it, and you should be able to do anything with the ball.
- Use a lot of time in dribbling the ball. Dribble up and down the court whenever you’re training. Try it with different variations, like dribbling faster, harder, lower, and even out of control.
- Try dribbling without even touching it on the palm. The best way is to hold it with your fingertips.
Observe and try to imitate the actions of the best shooters in the game. The right way is to assign your left hand as support on the side while your right hand is put on the ball’s back.
Practice good shooting by lying down and shooting the basketball and release it with an arc into the air. Do it repeatedly for hours. You should also feel like the ball is a part of your hand and don’t to do it with a follow- through.
Shoot free-throws as many as possible. You shouldn’t miss a shot being undefended. Practice shooting as long as possible, especially when you are tired and you can’t see straight. That’s the best time to shoot free-throws.
Remember “BEEF” when Shooting
If you want to be a professional basketball player, this strange acronym is everything that you should bear in your mind while you shoot and play on hard court. These details will be helpful to you:
- B= Balance.You should stabilize your balance before shooting.
- E=Eyes.Make your eyes concentrate on the basket while shooting.
- E=Elbow.Point your elbow towards your body when you shoot.
- F=Follow Through.After a shot don’t forget to have a follow through. It just like you are about to reach into a cookie jar. This would able you to control your shot.
Practice Shooting with One Hand
Flex your legs for power and hands for the touch and put a spin on the ball; it’s the right way to shoot with one hand.
- Line up the ball into the palm of your dominant hand. Use your fingers and hold the ball in the center. Make sure you can see light through all your fingers.
- “Touch” contains pass/shoot harder or softer depending on the situation and on which of the basket you are shooting.
- “Flex” requires not being too rigid/stiff or over-extended.
Learn to Spin the Ball and Use your Non-dominant Hand
Realizing that the contrary on the side may put some different control and “English” (spin) on the ball just place your off hand on the edge of the ball. Then make sure that the force coming is from your dominant hand.
- If you are new to English (or spin), constant practice and experiment to observe how it affects the shots. It depends on the touch and which side of the basket you are to shoot.
- If you are ambidextrous, practice both hands as the power vis-à-vis the offhand for offside shooting.
Be a Confident Team Player
Always pass the ball to an open man even if you want to make a shot. Remember, you’re playing as a team and not as an individual. Involved your teammate in the game, don’t just shoot o your own.
Don’t hug the ball, this will make your coach and teammates get annoyed with you and will be labeled as a selfish player.For a more certain game, choose the right basketball shoes that fit for you and your game style. Take a meal which is rich in carbohydrates and protein. Take a breather and get back if you’re feeling discouraged.
Remember, no path to greatness has ever been so easy so you must follow all these tips if you want to become a professional basketball player.