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5 Easy Signs That You Are A Good Basketball Player

Ways To Tell If You Might Be A Good Basketball Player.   


In today’s game, being a good basketball player means you possess certain qualities that help influence the outcome of each game in a positive manner.  Bad players do just the opposite.  If you have an eye for the game of basketball, you can usually spot a good player out from the crowd; something just makes them stand out above the other players.  Here is a list of some qualities that give a player a reputation as a good player:

1.  You Understand The Fundamentals

All good players have a strong foundation.  They learn to play basketball with more good habits than bad.  What are examples of good habits?  Not making one handed passes, setting effective and useful screens, boxing out their defensive target before every rebound…the list goes on. 

For good basketball players, it is easy to tell that they have had some coaching somewhere.  They have had the fundamentals ingrained into their game from an earlier standpoint and it shows.  Good basketball players usually seem a little bit more polished on the court, and make things look a little easier than the average player.  If you have not had the proper fundamental coaching to become a good basketball player, we suggest you sign up with the Morris Basketball Program to sharpen your skills!

2. You Give More Effort

Good basketball players not only have the fundamentals down, they give maximum effort to get the most out of each play.  There is a clear cut reason why it may seem like only some of the “lucky players” on a team get all of the meaningful stats– points, assists, rebounds, steals, etc.  These players MAKE things happen through giving continual effort for the entire game.  Whether your game is 32 minutes, 40 minutes, or 48 minutes, you can catch a good player giving it his all.

3.  You Understand Time/Score

Solid basketball players are always aware of the Time/Score of the game.  I’m not just talking about when theres under 10 seconds remaining and the game is on the line.  Good players are aware of this facet of the game from the opening tip until the final referee whistle.  Eight times out of ten,  if a player understands time/score, they will have a sturdy grasp of #4.

Good basketball players understand when there is a need to milk the clock to stretch out a small lead.  Conversely, they understand how to play with a sense of urgency when time is running out.

4.  You Play Within The Ebb & Flow Of The Game

An easy way to tell a good basketball player and a bad basketball player apart is to watch how they react to situations within the flow of the game.  Normally, good players will either blend in with the flow, and rack up their solid plays/statistics seamlessly in the game, or will only stand out for having more spectacular plays than bonehead plays.  The opposite holds true for bad players.  Bad players stick out, whether from turnovers due to #1, or maybe they stick out in a negative way for being too lackadaisical on the court.  This is also very easy to notice.

5.  You Work On Your Weaknesses

This one is simple.  Good players stay in the gym, and are constantly sharpening their skills.  We have alluded to this in previous articles, and there is just no way around this.  If you want to be good, you have to put the time in.  No one ever accomplished anything great with zero effort.  The Most Complete Individual Basketball Workout is a great way to nurture a well rounded game.  Developing your game takes time, patience, determination, and a desire to see incremental improvements!  Another way to work on your weaknesses would be to watch your favorite player, or another player whose strengths are your weakness!  Youtube is a great option for watching more experienced players play.

So there you have it. If you know anyone who exhibits these qualities in the basketball world, you know a good player.  If only a few of these qualities describe your game, you may just be an average player.  Or if not many or none of these qualities at all describe you, you may need to know the 5 Quick Signs You Are A Bad Basketball Player.  If you are a bad player, we recommend you join our program to increase your skills.  If you are already a good player, we encourage you to attend our Sunday Workouts and challenge yourself against better players.

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“To Be A Well Rounded Player, You Must Have A Well Rounded Workout Program”

By The Morris Basketball Program

Ever felt like you weren’t seeing enough improvement from your hours at the gym?  Ever wondered what makes up a college or professional-level basketball workout?  Ever needed basketball workout advice but don’t know where to turn?  Look no further.  We all know the key to a great workout is you get out what you put in.  By changing a few small habits, and incorporating a renewed mindset, you can immediately start reaping the rewards of a top notch workout.

The following should be included in each and every workout:

1. An Intense Warm Up

Every journey must start with a first step, and your workout is no different.  A proper warm up is meant to get your blood going, warm up tight muscles, & break a strong sweat.  But most players fail to recognize the mental aspect of warming up.  A good 10 minute warm up is all you really need to get both your mind and body stretched, warmed, locked-in and focused for the workout at hand.

2. Ballhandling/Shooting

These two things are essential to a proper work out.  Most players usually include a decent amount of ballhandling and shooting into their workouts.  I prefer to work on ballhandling before shooting because it helps me find my feel for the ball, giving my shot more confidence.

The key in this area is to always stay on your toes by changing the drills/workout routines with ballhandling and shooting.  If you continue to do the same drills over and over, you will stunt your growth as a player and playmaker.

3. Game Situations

This is an area where the majority of young players fail to take advantage.  You can do all of the ballhandling/shooting in the world, but if you can’t translate these skills into an actual game environment, you are working for absolutely nothing.  Here at the Morris Basketball Program, we are constantly putting our players through game-like situations to test their skills in a real environment.

Although this particular aspect of your workout is difficult with only one player, appropriately placed cones (as defenders) and a strong imagination can get the job done.

4. *Conditioning*

Believe it or not, this is the most important part of your workout!  If you are not in basketball game shape, it doesn’t matter how good you are.  If you can’t get up and down the court and keep up with your team or opposing player, you have no right to be on the court!! Basketball is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, so if you are not in prime shape (with enough stamina to last an entire game) you may struggle.

Being in the best shape on your team by itself can help you to Become A Better Off-The-Ball Scorer.

We suggest using conditioning as a consequence for every missed shot while working on #5.

5. Free Throws!!!

If you have done a good enough job with #’s 2, 3, and 4, you will find yourself at the free throw line.  A LOT.  If you can’t convert free throws, you are hurting yourself as well as your team.  If you struggle at the line, learn The 5 Steps To A Perfect Free Throw

Free throws should be shot during regular intervals between drills (while you are still tired).  Shoot at least 3-5, and make sure you do some form of conditioning as punishment for every missed free throw.


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