MUST DO Basketball Drills For Power Forwards and Centers

Do you battle inside the sacred paint of big men only “get out of my house” territory?!

Are you a big man seeking to to dominate and destroy your competition on the block?!?! 

If you answered affirmatively, the following post move video is for you.

Go forth young post baller.

Before we get into finishing drills, let’s make sure your big guy ball-handling is on point.

The fundamentals of post dribbling aren’t flashy, but what they may lack in entertainment, they clearly make up for in ridiculous effectiveness.

When you only need 1 or 2 fundamentally solid backdown dribbles to posterize someone… why cross-over, hesi, jump-stop, pivot, fade-away? If you can make a move look simple, easy, and effective, that’s the true essence of what dominance is.

So, what drill can post players use to perfect their ball-handling?

Crab Dribbling Drill

Crab Dribbling is simple and effective. As in the video above, simply take two back-down dribbles, exchange hands while you spin, and orient toward the other angled direction.

It’s essentially the movement a crab would take to get from point A to point B.

An important tip with this drill: make sure to reach with your foot. You’re more likely to stay balanced and stable when you trying to get past a physical player when you can easily shift your weight to an advancing foot.

Also, if you have a crash pad available, have your buddy push you during the Crab Dribble Drill. Learning how to execute a powerful and controlled dribble under low post defensive pressure is much better than dribbling with no one there. The difference might be like shadow-boxing to actually sparring. It’s good, and will give you the proper motions of the dribble, but real human contact is something entirely more valuable.

Now that you’re an official Baller Boot Camp Crab, and can safely handle the ball in the post, let’s introduce some finishing drills.

There are an enormous amount of variations for all of them, but the important aspect of these drills, is the repetitions. If you connect to a variation, and find a move might be easily incorporated into your game, make sure to put in the work– the sheer number of repetitions– to intrinsically master the move.

Nothing beats muscle memory in basketball.

Not thinking about the execution of the move, while busting it out mid-game, is crucial to its success. Do you want to be the awkward guy who “attempted” a spin move and got called for traveling? Or would you want to be more prepared than that?


Post Player Finishing Drills: 

Classic Finishing Drill

First up, a simple one, but one that needs to be repped– no doubt.

Toss the ball off the glass, jump up to grab the board, and then put it back in.

Sounds easy enough right? You’d be surprised how many times players miss wide-open put-backs because they lack the constitution to stomach this drill.

For real though, this drill is tiring and boring.

Is it valuable? Hell yeah. (That’s why you need to do the drill!)

Suggested Makes: 20

Important Note: For this drill, make sure you keep the ball high. Everyone and their mom is looking to strip the ball from bigs when they bring it down to their level. Keep the ball high on the put back.

1st Variation of the Finishing Drill: Crab Dribble Opposite, Finish

Same finishing drill to start, but instead of going up after the rebound, use a crab dribble, and finish on the other side.

Suggested Makes: 10 on Each Side

2nd Variation of the Finishing Drill: Hook Shot

Same finishing drill to start, but with a hook shot. Do this on both sides with both hands.

Especially for smaller post players, this might be your go-to move. Especially in order to score over taller defenders. Using your body to shield the ball as he lays into you will allow you to safely float something up. Hopefully, something accurate. It’s an extremely valuable shot to have in your arsenal.

Essentially, some of you might want to shoot as many hook shots as a 3 point shooter shoots threes. All day. Repetitions.

Suggested Makes: 10 on Each Side

3rd Variation of the Finishing Drill: 

These last two variations are a little more difficult.

Again, same starting drill, but step back a little. This time cross-step, spin move, and finish inside. To both sides.

Remember to go up strong.

If you’re getting the dribbling mixed up, make sure to rep the Drab Dribbling, or just the dribbling involved in this drill, so your ball handling stays tight enough to score off of.

Suggested Makes: 10 on Each Side

4th Variation of the Finishing Drill: 

Same thing at the cross-step drill above, instead of a cross-step, shot-fake and then a step-through.

Do not drag your pivot after the step-through. That’s traveling. Make sure to get that distance to score, but not fudge up the footwork in the process.

Suggested Makes: 10 on Each Side

Post Feed, Fade-Away Drill: 

As in the video, have a partner feed you passes from the wing while you’re posting up. Instead of a normal post move, such as a drop-step, lean into your defender, get that space, and perform a controlled fade-away for the shot.

Do this on both sides.

I would highly suggest repping these until two things. 1.) You can reliably make the shot. (And after you can make the shot.) 2.) Have a partner defend you, so you’re used to shooting over the hand that’s probably closing out on you. Some players don’t understand how the move actually has to work in order to be effective.

There’s no greater teacher than your bro going “GET THAT S*** OUT” after a block.

Anyway guys, that’s all for these post drills. If you’re searching for something just a little bit more, something to dominate even further, I also this awesome post drill for Hakeem Olajuwon’s post move.

If you think these drills are gonna help your game, make sure to check the video out below… Just hit me with your email so I can send you free drills, guides, and promotions (No, I won’t sell your email or whatever).

Get these reps in!

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