Shooting is an art that takes time to master. Every great shooter has put up thousands upon thousands of shots in the gym over their basketball careers. Kobe Bryant said that he shot about 2,000 shots per day in his prime. Stephen Curry claims to make at least 500 jump shots every day in the summer, most of the time more. Over time, they both have built consistent shooting form, great footwork, and ability to shoot accurately in a variety of situations.
They became great shooters because they took game-like shots at game-speed during their workouts. Push yourself during any drills you do. You want to feel uncomfortable, because if you’re not pushing yourself, you’re not getting better.
Take a quick look at one of Damian Lillard’s workouts:
Pay attention to how all of the drills are at game speed and focus on game situations. A lot of those drills look like plays that Lillard actually makes during a game.
The normal, lazy shooting around that most players do isn’t going to cut it. First of all, how often in a game do you have unlimited time to shoot the ball? Most often you either have to catch and shoot very quickly, or use your ball handling ability to create a shot. Great gym shooters are not always great game shooters.
Your workouts need to match the demands of basketball games. That means your drills should be executed at game speed, and should address a variety of different situations that you could encounter. Below I have listed some great drills that you should add into your workouts.
Think about what your weaknesses are. Do you struggle catching and shooting while coming off of screens? Or do you struggle with your pull up jumper while dribbling right? Choose drills that address your weaknesses and repeat them as much as you like.
The drills below mostly focus on improving your ability to shoot of the dribble. If you need to improve your catch and shoot ability, and your ability to shoot coming off of screens, check out my post “7 Game-Speed Basketball Shooting Drills That You Should Add To Your Workouts“.