Point Guard's Guide to Feeding the Post

A point guard needs great passing skills. One of the most important skills involves feeding the post and getting the ball to your inside players. To build up this skill, start with this simple basketball drill.

Have a coach above the top of the key with a ball; your point guard, defended, on the perimeter a little above the free throw line extended; and a post player, defended, in a low block. The coach throws the basketball to the point guard, and the post player flashes to the elbow area. To start with, the post player's defender will take up a definite position and stay in it. Your point guard's job is to deliver a pass to the post player that is "away from the defender." Again, you can start this drill with token pressure on the point guard.

You should point out where the feed should be made as determined by where the defender has positioned himself. The more types of passes your guard has mastered, the more options he has in delivering the pass.

  • If he is using a two-handed delivery, he should make the pass with a quick wrist-flicking technique rather than an arm wind-up technique. The quicker the delivery motion and the fewer clues that it gives the defender that a pass is on the way, the more effective the feed will be.

  • Ball fakes, eye fakes, and no-look passes all add to the effectiveness of your point guard. You can easily incorporate these techniques into the feeding drill. For instance, you can include a sequence in which the guard will ball fake to the area that he is not going to pass just before he passes to the actual target area.

    This has got to be a quick fake, and it should get the defender to commit even more to the area that he is already favoring. You could have another sequence in which you require the point guard to pointedly look at a defended target area and pass to the actual target. Finally, you could include a sequence in which you have the guard deliver the feed while looking at the target using only his peripheral vision.

  • Point guards should be able to feed the post one-handed off of the dribble, too. This can be perfected to the extent that your point guard can hit the post with a behind-the-back dribble.

Your point guard should be able to use bounce passes, regular "air" passes, and effective lobs. Furthermore, he needs to know when to use which. One part of knowing which pass to use involves knowing the catching skills of his post players. It doesn't make any sense at all to throw a pass to a post player who can't handle the angle or location. Some post players don't have the reflexes to catch no-look or other "tricky" passes, either. Using this post feeding drill in a "live" context will help to establish this kind of specific team knowledge.

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