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Scoring vs. Shooting

Hustle and Desire is What Puts Points on the Board

Many players are under the misconception that they have to be a great shooter or shoot a lot in order to score. Still others are constantly being pressured and influenced into shooting more during a game by parents and/or so called "advisors". In most cases, this selfish advice is given out without regard to a total team effort or to the outcome of the game. In addition, players spend countless hours working on their shooting form and individual moves. However, players should realize that to become a proficient and consistent scorer it only requires hustle, aggressiveness and determination (not shot attempts or shooting form).

Scoring Inside

You do not have to be a great shooter to score. If you are an inside player, hustle and determination on the offensive boards will produce a least one putback shot opportunity each half. If you paly aggressively you will get fouled and go to the line at least one time per half. As a result, if you make your free throws, you have will have scored eight (8) points without taking a shot from the field.

Backcourt Scoring

For back court players the same results apply. If you hustle and play tough on the defensive end of the court, you will be able to steal or deflect a dribble (or pass) to a teammate and receive a return pass for an easy lay-up at least once per half. If you are aggressive and constantly move on offense, you will get fouled and go to the line at least one time per half. If you make your free throws you have will have scored eight (8) points without taking a shot from the field.

Therefore, in games when you are shooting well, you may score 15 to 30 points. On nights when you may be shooting poorly, you will still score in double digits.

Scoring Consistency

Coaches cannot count on "scorers" that score 20 points one game and 4 points the next. They would prefer to have a player score 10 points every game. Consistency is a characteristic found in all great players. Just take a close look at the present best players in the game. They all have one thing in common. Because of their all out hustle and determination style of play, they will achieve their basic eight points (and then some) in every game they play.

Become a complete play and do not expect coaches to hand out playing time based solely on points scored. Make hustle and effort your trademark.Work on your attitude, determination, and hustle in every drill in every practice. Go all out after loose balls. During a game, play every play with the same intensity as if it was the last play of a close game.

Scoring Efficiency (P/S)

Points per shots (P/S) is a new statistic that is now being compiled and analyzed by coaches on all levels. Points per shot is an indication of a player's scoring ability, and is an important statistic for coaches to know, especially during crunch time at the end of a close game when they need your best scorers on the court.


Seven Scoring Tips

  1. Know your shooting range (See "Range Finder" drill next page).
  2. Get open before you receive the ball. Movement creates opportunity.
  3. Get the ball to the open player. You will be surprised how many times it will be YOU!
  4. Be on balance and take good shots. "Hoped" or hurried shots rarely go in the basket.
  5. Be an aggressive offensive rebounder. Over 50% of all shots and 35% of free throws will be missed.
  6. Take good shots. Passing up a good open shot is worst than taking a bad shot.
  7. Lastly, acknowledge the passer on every assist. This will usually result in getting more and better passes.


For shooting tips see:   "Ten Sure Ways to Improve Your Shooting"


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