These two transition drills are from Drew Hanlen’s Transition Drill Book.
Drew is an NBA Strategic Skills Coach & Consultant that has helped over 25 NBA and NBA pre-draft players including David Lee and Bradley Beal.
Drew is the Head Skills Coach for Pure Sweat Basketball.
He has run his internationally renowned Elite Skills Clinics in over 30 states and 4 countries over the past four years.
He is also the Head Skills Coach for the Reebok Breakout Challenge and has worked various events for Nike Basketball.
Push it 4v4
Set Up: Players will be divided into four teams. A team of four will start on offense, a team of four will start on defense and another team of four will start on each baseline.
Step 1: Black Team will play live 4v4 against the Red Team in the half-court. On the shot (regardless make or miss), the Blue Team will transition against the Black Team who will transition back on defense.
Step 2: Blue Team will play live 4v4 against the Black Team in the half-court. On the shot (regardless make or miss), the Green Team will transition against the Blue Team who will transition back on defense to continue the drill.
Additional Info: If the defense gets a steal, they will transition in the full-court against the team that turned the basketball over. On the score, the team waiting on the baseline will transition against them to continue the drill.
We Need You Back Conversion Drill
Set Up: Players will be divided in two teams. The Black Team will start with a rebounder (1), a defender (5), an outlet player (2), an attacking guard (3) and a player at half-court ready to transition (4) in a two on one situation. The Red Team will start with a defender (x1), a trailing defender (x2), an outlet player (x4), an attacking guard (x5) and a player at half-court ready to transition (x3) in a two on one situation.
Step 1: Player 1 will outlet the basketball to Player 2 who will advance the ball to Player 3, who will attack x1 in a 2v1 situation with Player 4. x2 will sprint back and try to drop to the level of the basketball. Offense gets one shot attempt to score.
Step 2: Offensive player that shoots (or turns the basketball over) must sprint back on defense, while the defender must secure the rebound or get the made field goal out of the net and then outlet the basketball to their teammate at the angle. If the defender gets a steal, they can quickly outlet the basketball to their teammate at the angle as well. As soon as the player receives the outlet, they will advance the basketball to their teammate that is ready to attack on the wing. As soon as the basketball crosses half-court, the waiting offensive player at half court can attack.
Step 3: Offensive player that does not sprint back on defense will rotate to the half-court waiting position. Defender that made the outlet pass will rotate to the outlet line, while the other defender will become the waiting defender in the paint.