Basketball’s Best Shortcuts: A blog about the most efficient strategies for playing basketball
The world of sports is filled with interesting characters and controversial events. The sport of basketball is no exception. Basketball’s Best Shortcuts will be a blog dedicated to the history of basketball, including famous players and coaches, as well as important games and events, such as the Harlem Globetrotters and slam-dunk contests. In addition to providing background on important people and events in the sport, I will also discuss some of my own favorite plays and strategies, which I hope will be useful to readers interested in improving their own basketball skills.
Basketball’s Best Shortcuts is a blog about the most efficient strategies for playing basketball.
The content on this blog is designed for two kinds of readers:
1. Players who want to learn how to play better, faster.
2. Coaches who want more advanced skills and knowledge than what they learned in coaching school.
Most of the posts are about basketball strategy but there are also some other topics such as sports psychology, sports training and weight lifting, sports nutrition, and sports injury prevention.
Basketball’s Best Shortcuts is written by Christopher Sarama who has been involved with competitive basketball since he was seven years old and now has over 20 years experience as a player and coach. He is the founder of Basketball HQ which offers online basketball training videos, ebooks, and webinars to help players master their game.
But the most efficient way to play basketball is not the way you see on TV. Basketball’s most efficient strategy is to take advantage of rules that the NBA has chosen to emphasize in recent years. There are two such rules:
1. The first one nets a free throw, which is worth one point, if a player is fouled while shooting at the hoop.
2. The second nets the defensive team two points if during the course of play they manage to get hold of the ball and shoot it into the offensive team’s hoop.
This is what happens when you focus on efficiency rather than beauty.
I love to shoot 3s.
I also love to be efficient.
So I had a thought: what is the most efficient basketball play?
I set out to answer that question by simulating basketball games with thousands of lineups across various skill levels, possession lengths, and game margins.
The results were surprising.
It turns out that the best teams don’t take the smartest shots. Instead, they take the shots their opponents give them.
It’s 3:30 am and you’re still up. You’re not sure why you can’t sleep, but you can feel the creeping sensation of self-doubt coming over you as you lay there in the dark.
Maybe it was that time your coach subbed you out during a game. Or maybe it was when your best friend started talking trash about you when he joined the other team. Or maybe it was when a girl who used to be your friend texted you “I heard what happened to your mom. Sorry about that.”
It doesn’t matter what the reason is; the fact is:
You’re afraid of being worthless.
You’re afraid of being a failure. You tell yourself that life isn’t fair, or that everyone is judging you too harshly. You tell yourself to “just focus on basketball, everything else will work out if I just focus on basketball, basketball is my safe space, I should just focus on basketball…”
But even though you keep telling yourself this lie over and over again…it doesn’t make it true.
Shooting a basketball is a very difficult task. Depending on the size of your hand, most players can barely palm the ball. That makes it hard to control.
The most important part of shooting well is controlling the ball, and to control the ball you have to be able to palm it. So if you want to shoot well, one of the first things you should do is learn how to palm a basketball.
For those who don’t know what palming a basketball means, it’s when your hand is wrapped around the ball and only your fingers are touching the surface. If you think about how you normally hold a basketball, only three or four fingers are touching the surface. When you palm a basketball, all of your fingers touch the surface of the ball and your thumb is tucked underneath. By doing this, your wrist becomes more stable and it allows you better control of the ball.
In order to palm a basketball, there are five things that you need: finger strength, wrist strength, hand size, grip and technique. You need finger strength to be able to support the weight of the ball in your hand. Wrist strength is needed because when shooting a shot, you have to have a firm wrist in order for good rotation on the shot as well as
Consider the simple act of shooting a basketball. There are two components: making the shot, and getting yourself into a position to make the shot.
You can practice both of those skills individually. For example, you can practice your jump shot by shooting standing in one place (or dribbling into a stationary jump shot). You can practice your ball handling skills by dribbling stationary cones.
In fact, that’s how most basketball players do practice them. But there is also value to practicing them together. If you try to dribble past a defender while shooting, you are working on both skills at once. Even if it isn’t as efficient for improving either skill individually, it is more efficient for improving the way they work together.