Magic Johnson once said, “ask not what your teammates can do for you, but what you can do for your teammates.”
Day 3 of our 90 day improvement basketball plan continues with being a better teammate. We can all agree that there are many traits needed to become a good teammate. Someone that others will enjoy playing along-side of…
5 Effective Traits of a good teammate:
1-Shot Selection: Make sure you take good shots. Don’t force the issue. Run the offense and look for the best available shot. Stop dribbling into traffic and putting up off-balance shots.
2-Ball Movement: Stop turning the ball over. Unforced errors are a coach’s nightmare and you’ll find yourself on the bench. Don’t hold the ball too long, move it, reverse it, side-to side, look into the post.
3-Man Movement: Move without the ball. Don’t stand still. Cut, cut and cut. Don’t watch things happen, make things happen. Hit the glass on a shot. Run the floor hard.
4-Proper Spacing: Spread the floor. Don’t run to the ball. 12-15 feet apart. Corner, wing and top of the key. Low post block. Both elbows are all spots on the floor that should always be occupied.
5-Screening: Help your teammate get open. Screen away, screen the ball. Screen and re-screen. Set bone crushing screens. Hold your ground. Keep your hands down.
“When I watch a player out on the court, I ask myself two questions; ‘Would I want to play with that guy and would I want to coach him’.”
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