As any good coach or individual skills trainer will tell you, there is a huge difference between “shooting around” and actually working on your shot. To be most effective skill work needs to focus on game shots at game speed and if those shots can be taken in a competitive environment then even better.
This past week I came across a shooting drill that fits each of those criteria.
Pick a specific spot on the floor; let’s use the top of the key in this example. Catch the ball at the designated spot and square up to the basket.
Give a ball fake and then take one or two dribbles to the right and shoot a pull up jump shot.
You start the drill with 5 points and you subtract a point every time you make a shot. Every shot you miss you add a point.
The drill is over when you get down to zero points and then you change spots.
Variations: Compete against a friend or teammate and the first one who gets down to zero wins and the loser has to do pushups. If you are by yourself you can compete “going right” versus “going left.” Don’t limit this drill to just shots off the dribble. It can be used for three pointers, post moves, driving floaters, etc.