You want to improve your game you have to work for it. Michael Jordan used to practice every night in his teenage years to reach the level he achieved. But before you can practice you need to now how to. So here are 4 practice drills to get you started.
Ball Handling Drill:
This drill is great for improving your hand strength and hand-eye coordination. You start with firmly slapping the ball for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Once finished, you quickly bounce the ball back and forth off of the fingertips of your hands for 1 minute. Then you will rotate the ball around your head 10 times quickly, then around your waist, your legs together, then each individual leg, all 10 rotations each, then you do it again but reverse the rotation.
Your dribbling will become much smoother after doing this enough. Start off in the universal stance, where your legs are spread apart and your knees bent, dribble in a figure-8 shape around your legs for 2 minutes. Then, maintaining the same stance, you will powerfully dribble the ball once with your right hand then cross it over, between your legs, to the other hand. From there, cross back over, in front of your body, back to the other hand, and repeat that for 2 minutes. Then do it in reverse, starting with the left hand, for another 2 minutes.
Your agility and endurance will be greatly improved after performing this drill, commonly known as the ladder. You start at the baseline of the court and sprint to the free-throw, do a quick turn, then sprint back to starting position. Then sprint to half-court and back, other side’s free throw then do a full court sprint, then back. Then do it all in reverse. Try to aim for 3 to 5 of these. Here is a look at some other agility drills.
You need to practice your shot if you want to gain that laser accuracy. Start off by choosing at least 8 positions around the court where you shoot from most during a game. From each spot, shoot at least 20 to 40 times, completing all shots at one position before moving to the next. Once completed for all positions, practice your lay up shot, 20 to 40 times from the right, and the same on the left.
Keep in mind, consistency trumps intensity. If you do the work, you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life. That’s a hard fact, so stay true to the game, get out there and practice!