Decision making is the best Basketball skill

As an athletic sport, Basketball requires athletic qualities. Yet, the best player is not necessarily the quickest, the strongest, or the most athletic. I happen to think that the best players are those who make the best decisions on and off the court.[private] your text [/private]

On the court decision making

The first thing you need to be able to make good decision is a brain. Hopefully you have one. The second thing is an overall acceptable skill level. You must be good enough to dribble with both hands, shoot anywhere on the court, and see the floor. Remember that good defense can’t stop good offense. Defense can only give up shots that they think will be difficult. So if you can do it all, just accept what the defense gives you.

Do not predetermine what you are going to do.

Understand what the defense is giving up (a shot, a drive…) and take it. Examples:

  • If you have the ball and the defender is giving you lots of space, take and make the shot
  • If the defender puts pressure on you, drive.
  • If the defender thinks you have a weak left hand and make you go that way, keep going left (because you have a strong left hand)
  • If two defenders are on you – it’s called a double team: pass it to the open teammate.

Make intelligent choices

A mistake many young players do is they want to force the play; they don’t take what is available but rather try to make something happen. For instance, a player who wants to be nice will pass the ball to someone who hasn’t touched the ball in a while even if the pass is not opened. You need to make intelligent choices. A few examples below:

On transition offense

  • Always pass the ball to the guy who is ahead of you (unless he is a big man that can’t dribble)
  • Run your lane (Keep space on the floor)
  • Always look at the basket (triple threat)

On half-court offense


About The Author


I am a former college, semi-pro, and professional basketball player from Paris, France. I am a FANATIC of basketball (can literally talk about the game for hours!). I decided to write all my basketball thoughts down so I can let my friends speak! My goal is help my team (readers, and followers) become better player/coach by sharing the best tips to improve basketball IQ, skills, athleticism, and motivation.