Most post drills that aim to improve scoring in the paint should be simple, because offense in the key is rarely complex. Rebound and put back. Power layup. Hook shot. Drop step. These can be elegant, fluid moves when done right, but they are quick and straightforward. There is no room in the key for complex, time-consuming moves.
More than any other aspect in the offensive end, scoring from inside the paint needs to be quick and decisive. In such close quarters, it takes no time at all for defensive players to close up on the man they are marking.
And more often than not, when an offensive player tries to be fancy in the key, they screw up. They lose control of the ball, or they miss what should have been an easy layup, or they allow the defense to close in on them. In the open court, when you have plenty of parquet between you and the defense, It's possible to be flashy. But in the paint, power and simplicity will always win out.
This post drill is a simple drill, but what I like most about it is that it creates muscle memory - doing the same thing over and over makes it automatic, and so by practicing these 'simple' drills, players don't think as much in the game. They act or react immediately, instead of freezing while considering all the possible options.
of this is that it makes the moves more aggressive, stronger and less
likely to be contested. When players go strong to the hoop, without
hesitation, defense very often backs off or doesn't react quick enough
to get in the way.
It also focuses on scoring immediately - getting the ball and without thought, going straight to the hoop. And that's what inside players need to do - go hard and quick to the hoop.
Run the drill for 30 - 60 seconds, making sure to mix up the calls so that players get practice with both jump shots and drives. As the players become more comfortable with the drill, encourage them to make quicker moves so that the movement becomes ingrained.
Also, make sure you are rolling the ball to both left and right - ensure players are practicing moves on both sides of the key, and that they are using left hand to drive on the left side, right hand to drive on the right side.
A simple drill with great benefits for players looking to score down low.