Effective, not flashy...
First of all, the players must be effective, not impressive!
Regardless of the offensive system or the position they are playing, the players must be able to catch and shoot, shoot of the dribble, be able to pass the ball from one side of the court to the other - even the post players. They must attack the defensive player at the correct angle, pass the ball under pressure, as well be able to get open.
Most of the drills we do at Coach P Basketball not only develop the individual skill set like - shooting or ball handling and footwork, but also teach how to read the defense and make the right decisions.
A lot of the times the players ask me to show them some cool move to beat the defense, they want to look flashy, they want their friends to jump up and down out of excitement after breaking somebody's ankles, while all you have to do in most cases is just attack straight - body to body. It doesn't look cool but it's effective, and doesn't generate as many turnover as all the "east-west" moves.
A great example of effective and not impressive is JJ Redick. Of course his ability to shoot is impressive, but we don't see him take multiple dribbles finished with a "jelly"...
At 35, Redick signed a 2 year $26 million contract with the Pelicans, not for the flash but for the ability to execute when needed.
Flashy and effective is a very rare combination. Yes, Kyrie... Unfortunately there's only a handful of players who can play the way Kyrie does. We don't see a lot of flash in college, we don't see a lot of flash in any of the European leagues including the second best league in the world - the Euroleague. With the way European basketball is taught and played there's no room for flash, as soon as you're flashy and don't execute you'll land on the bench no matter how good you are (although you can't be good if you can't execute...)
No matter how awkward you're moves are if you're able to execute, you are much more valuable to the coach and then team than all the "jelly masters" all together. It doesn't matter you can do a wind mill in the warm up if you can't execute of a dribble hand off.
Master all the basics first!
Patryk Janiszewski M.Ed
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