Long-time NBA coach Del Harris has shared some great tips concerning several different aspects surrounding the game of basketball. Check them out below and let us know what you think.


Our teams have won almost 90% of our games when we have shot 50% or more from the field. It is the most important statistic in winning basketball games, followed by the percentage the defense allows the opponent (WHICH NEEDS TO BE BELOW 45%).

REWARD THE POST PLAYER WHO GETS GOOD POSITION. On offense encourage to pass to open men in the paint–do not reward the post people with catches outside of the paint. Simply swing the ball and use another option if the post man loses the “battle for the paint.” Or, tell him to come out to set a pick/roll.

CUT HARD ON ALL CUTS. Floating on cuts jams the middle and allows the defense to rest and read the play.Mavericks V Lakers

THE MOST IMPORTANT PASS IS THE FIRST REVERSE PASS. The first reverse pass makes the defense have to shift. If you are trying to score off the drive, pass or quick shot too often on the first side of the offense, you are always going against the defense when it is its strongest. That first reverse pass established the team as a ball and player movement team and an unselfish one. It also shows the opponent that they are going to have to beat the entire team, not just the man with the ball.

FAKE A PASS, MAKE A PASS. While you do not have to do this every time, it is a good habit to learn. The fake pass tends to freeze the ballhandler’s defender. It also allows the ballhandler doing the faking an opportunity to read all situations. It gives him an opportunity to read whether to pass inside, drive, swing pass or to snap the pass back in the direction from which it came.

Thanks to Glenn Wilkes at Basketball’s Best for sharing these great coaching points that we have passed onto you.

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