This drill came from Drew Hanlen’s Pure Sweat Basketball Competitive Shooting Challenges Drill Book.
I like the way the drill incorporates several moves to attack the way the defense plays the cut. I hope it gives you some ideas to do the same with the shooting drills that you use the most.
Drew is an NBA Strategic Skills Coach & Consultant that has helped over 25 NBA and NBA pre-draft players including David Lee (Warriors) and Bradley Beal (Wizards). 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.
Tight Pindown Series 2 Shooting Drill
Step 1: Start under the rim, then use the tight pindown and curl to the elbow. Simulate that the defender is sightly trailing, but you do not have enough separation to get oft a clean shot, so you will make a realistic shot fake, get the defender off balance, then rip through and shoot a one dr1bble pull-tip.
Step 2: After shooting, sprint back under the rim, then use the tight pindown screen and curl to the elbow. This time, simulate that the defender is slightly trailing. so you will make a realistic shot fake, get the defender off balance, and then rip through. Simulate that the defender might be able to recover and contest a one dribble pull-up, so make a step back. selling the drive, so that the defender will slide to cut off your driving angle, while you are hopping bock to create space for an uncontested shot.
Step 3: After shooting, sprint back under the rim. Then use the tight pindown screen and curl to the elbow. This time, simulate that the defender got through the screen and is trying to recover and square you up. You will catch and reverse wheel, pivoting on your outside foot, then throw the ball out to gain separation and shoot a one dribble pull up jump shot.
Step 4: After shooting, sprint back under the rim, then use the tight pindown screen and curl to the elbow. This time, simulate that the defender got through the screen, but is still slightly trailing. You will shot fake, then Jordan pivot, by spinning on your inside toot towards the outside, then throw the ball out to gain separation and shoot a one dribble pull-up jump shot.
Continue repeating these four reads and try to see how many shots you con make in two minutes. A good goal is to finish the drill with at least 12 made shots.
Record: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) made 17 shots.