Feeding the post is one thing. Shooting 3-pointers is another.
But a complete perimeter player is one who can drive the lane, slash through traffic and attack the rim to get points. Players with the confidence to drive do numerous positive things for their team--score points, draw fouls and open up opportunities for teammates through drive-and-kick and other chances.
Here's your guide to driving the lane, with video tips on different moves to try, and drills you can do to be more comfortable taking on traffic.
Basketball Tips and Drills for Driving the Lane
• 4 Tips for Finishing Around the Basket -- These tips will cut down the chance of a turnover when you're in the high-traffic inside area.
• How to Execute a Perfect Layup -- Here's a step-by-step breakdown of how a fundamentally sound layup should look.
• Video: 2 Drills for Attacking the Basket -- Going strong to the basket gives you the best chance at finishing. Here are two drills that help develop that aggression.
• Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Eurostep -- Here's a high school player showing how you can do a basic Eurostep to shake a defender.
• 5 Finishing Moves Off Both Feet -- This video shows five different ways to drive the lane, get separation, and get a good unguarded shot off in traffic.
• 2 Transition Finishing Drills for Guards -- These video tip by the Duke University coaching staff shows two drills you can use to get more comfortable driving.
• Video: Breaking Down Eurostep Options -- The Eurostep has many variations. Learn them all here.
• 4 Fast-Break Options for Guards -- Whether it's pulling up for a shot or crossing over and attacking the rim, here's how guards can take advantage of the fast break.