When it comes to individual workouts and skill development, Boston Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman is a legend. Here are Coach Eastman’s four “must haves” when it comes to drill work:
1. Weak Hand Development
It’s imperative, if you want to become a better basketball player that you learn how to use your weak hand. If you’re right handed you must be able to make the same moves going left and vice versa. As a young player, this will separate you from the competition. So when you’re working out, make sure you do your drills going both ways.
2. Footwork & Balance Emphasis
Footwork and balance are key in the game of basketball. Good footwork can mean the difference between having an open jump-shot and a contested jump shot. Balance is also very important. If you watch the great shooters in the NBA, they are almost always squared up and balanced when taking their shots.
3. Playing Thru Contact
Another “must have” in your workout is learning to finish plays, as well as getting open, with contact. If you have a friend or family member that can bump you as you make your “V” cuts, or bump you when you go up for a shot, you’ll see the results when you get bumped in your games.
4. Contesting Shots
If you have a partner available for your workout, contest each other’s shots. In your games you’re going to have defense and you’re going to have to shoot with a hand in your face, so it’s important to simulate this in your workout.