How to Become a Better Scorer

On every basketball team different players have different roles. One player is the leader, one is the playmaker, and one player needs to be the scorer.

Depending on the team, there may be more than one player that assumes each role, but in order for a team to be successful, players must work together and every player must understand his or her job.

The player that scores the most points usually gets the most recognition, and most basketball players want to assume this role, but simply wanting it is not enough. Being a scorer requires a certain mentality and a strong work ethic. You have to learn what it takes to be a good scorer and you have to be willing to work for it.

During my junior and senior year of college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, I was one of the leading scorers on my team. In that two-year period I had a 38-point game, 39-point game and multiple 20-point games. Putting together high scoring games requires a lot of practice and individual work, but my basketball coaches also helped me and taught me how to be more aggressive and score more points. Here are a few tips that I picked up along the way that can help you become a better scorer.

Build Up Your Arsenal

You probably have a couple go-to moves that you use while playing one-on-one, but in order to be an offensive threat, you need to have several techniques and multiple strategies to take the ball to the basket.

If you're only a spot-up shooter, you don't make the defense work as hard because they know how to adjust in order to stop you. A good scorer can not only shoot the ball when he's open, but he's also able to create shots off the dribble and score out of the triple threat position.

My biggest strength as a player was shooting the basketball, but I used that strength to make myself better at driving to the basket, and I learned to finish at close range as well. This way if the defender took away my shot or overplayed on defense, I could take the ball to the basket and beat him off the dribble. If you're only a one-dimensional scorer, you limit your effectiveness on offense.

To improve your game you need to consistently practice different moves you can use in a game to score. Practice things like head and ball fakes, the eurostep, jab steps, the crossover dribble and dribbling at different speeds. Practice these moves over and over again and master them before you try them in a game.

Many scoring techniques such as moves off the dribble and methods of creating your own shot require different skills like ball handling, and strength. You can develop your strength and athleticism with a basketball workout plan. If you're not strong enough or quick enough to get past your defender and finish at the basket, then you're going to be limited in your scoring opportunities.

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