These observations are from Alan Stein’s blog. This excerpt from the series was originally put together by 5 Star Basketball Camps.
Today’s lists are part 1 of the entire group. There is a link to part 2 at the bottom of this article.
I hope these are some thoughts you can use to give more purpose to the roles you have defined for your team.
- Great Guards are relentless on both ends of the court.
- Great Guards use pump-fakes and ball fakes often. They set up the defense to go one way and pass/go the other way.
- Great Guards know not to telegraph their passes. They use their eyes to create deception.
- Great Guards welcome defensive pressure. They see it as an opportunity to score an easy bucket for their team.
- Great Guards are patient with the basketball. They read the defense & act accordingly.
- Great Guards facilitate every facet of the offense.
- Great Guards don’t try to find the ball, they let the ball find them!
- Great Guards are ALWAYS communicating with their teammates to ensure cohesiveness.
- Great Guards hustle back on D when they get beat. They set the defensive tone!
- Great Guards rebound their position – they don’t leave that to the ‘big guys.’
- Great Guards push the ball up the floor and try to find an opening in the defense for themselves or a teammate.
- Great Guards get everybody involved by sharing the basketball.
GREAT POST PLAYERS
- Great Post Players knock down their free throws when they get to the line.
- Great Post Players have go-to moves with either hand to use in the paint. They also have a countermove for every move.
- Great Post Players enjoy banging on the interior and setting solid screens.
- Great Post Players are exceptional at help defense. They stop the ball when it’s in the paint!
- Great Post Players can hedge on the perimeter and get back to their man QUICKLY.
- Great Post Players draw double-teams, recognize them and react quickly to get the ball to an open teammate.
- Great Post Players never over dribble.
- Great Post Players run the floor – rim to rim – on offense and defense.
- Great Teammates call out screens so their teammate doesn’t get clobbered.
- Great Teammates don’t care whether they start or come off the bench – they just want to win!
- Great Teammates HYPE their team UP before the game and during halftime.
- Great Teammates are an extension of the coach – on and off the court.
- Great Teammates are positive, supportive, honest, and enthusiastic.
- Great Teams dig in on defense until they get the ball or the buzzer sounds. They NEVER give in because they’re tired.
- Great Teams listen to their coach – they understand that he/she is looking out for their best interests!
- Great Teams know who they want to get the ball to in the clutch – they have a game-plan.
- Great Teams close out games and know how to play with a lead. They also know how to fight back when they are down
- Great Teams are willing to share the ball on offense – they don’t care who scores they just care that they
- Great Passers make scoring easy. They put the ball where it needs to be, when it needs to be there.
- Great Passers can throw every type of pass – with either hand – depending on the situation.
- Great Passers make the simple play, not the flashy play. All they care about is a positive outcome, not
how it looks.
- Great Passers fake a pass to make a pass.
- Great Rebounders are quick off the floor – they anticipate where the ball is going and go get it!
- Great Rebounders just don’t want the other team to get the ball – they clear out space for teammates to
get the rebound.
- Great Rebounders assume ‘shot is taken, shot is missed.’
- Great Rebounders protect the ball after the rebound.
- Great Rebounders attack the glass on both ends of the floor.
- Great Rebounders have soft hands and great body balance.
- Great Rebounders always think the ball belongs to them.
- Great Rebounders find their man when the shot goes up, make contact, block out, then pursue the ball.
Click here for Part 2 of Characteristics of Great Basketball Players