Some of the best basketball shooting drills are the simplest, allowing players to focus on fundamental skills and simple power moves which can make the biggest difference in the game. Such is this drill, providing practice for developing clean, strong moves to the hoop, along with the ability to react appropriately as the situation changes.
And this is a drill players can practice on their own outside of regular practices - it requires no additional equipment, just a ball and a hoop.
The focus of the drill is not just on shooting skills but on ball handling as well, as the emphasis is on evading a defensive player and driving strong to the hoop.
Ensure as you set up and coach players through this drill that you emphasize that this needs to be practiced as if the player is guarded tightly - dribbling low, with the player's body between the ball and the defender/key and the free hand protecting the ball at all times. When players make the spin move, they stay low and explode out of the spin to drive hard to the hoop.
Like everything else, with practice these skills improve, but there is no point in practicing bad habits - enforce proper form in all skills drills.
Perfect practice makes perfect, and in this case, it makes an excellent power drive.
Spin Dribble to Power Drive
Like I said, it's a simple basketball shooting drill, but effective in developing a powerful move to the hoop.
For weaker ball handlers they will find this difficult at first, but as there is little complexity involved, this should serve as a good opportunity for them to develop a quick spin move.
And don't be afraid to mix it up a little with the moves being used - the spin dribble works in this case because it allows the player to pin his defensive man on his back and open up a drive to the hoop, but you could have them use a crossover or behind the back dribble as well, or have them perform a baby hook shot or straight-forward layup instead of the power layup.
Again, the overall purpose is to improve basic fundamentals - always enforce proper form and fundamentals, and it is tough to go wrong with this drill.
“Positioning, anticipation and technique create quickness. Therefore, you can always get quicker.”
– Don Meyer
Try UMass Head Coach Derek Kellogg's video package of drills