Lots of players would like to be able to increase their shooting range and become a good 3-point shooter. We all know of examples of players, like Robert Horry, who are recruited to join teams mostly because of their ability to make 3-point shots. "Big Shot Rob" has seven--that's right, seven--NBA championship rings. Shooters with deep range have helped teams on every level win championships.
Coaches like Rick Pitino used the 3-point shot to revolutionize the game and propel his coaching career. Pitino went from Providence College, a mid-level NCAA Division I program, to the University of Kentucky, one of the best programs in the country. Pitino ultimately made it to the NBA as head coach of the Boston Celtics.
Here are three incredibly simple drills and concepts that can help any player extend their shooting range and add to their scoring arsenal.
Jog (but never walk) through each of these shots. This will help you work up a sweat.
Start around five feet from the basket, and shoot untill you make a shot all-net before moving back one step. Repeat the process until you get all the way back to the 3-point line. Continue shooting until you make an all-net 3-pointer.
Initially, do this from the baseline and work your way back to the 3-point line in the corner. Then do the other (right or left baseline) and finally go down the middle and finish with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Finally, do your normal stretching routine.
This next part of your practice shooting is best done with a rebounder and a passer. However, if shooting on your own, simply pass to yourself, shoot, rebound and speed dribble back to the spot.
You are now repeating the process of working your way back, only this time going as fast as you think you can, then speeding up your perception of what you think is going fast, and go even faster! Obviously this is great conditioning.
There are several kinds of footwork currently being used by good shooters. These include: the classic inside foot 1-2 step (which is what we teach at 1on1 Basketball Academy), the 2-foot jump stop, the plant rear foot and step-in, and hop into the shot (1-2 step or 2-foot jump stop). Ask your coach before deciding what do to.
Make one all-net shot of each of the following types of shots and work your way back from three distances: start at 10 feet out, then move to 15 feet and finally to 3-point range. Do both a catch-and-shoot and a shot off the dribble, moving left-right-center. That's six made all-net baskets from each spot.
As before, you must make an all-net shot before progressing to the next type of shot and distance.