Why thinking that much?

Are you one of these guys who thinks too much when playing basketball? It’s not helping your game, is it? Read this to find out why you shouldn’t think that much and why you probably do it.

Thinking too much get you in reaction mode

Basketball is definitely a sport of trickery, quickness and anticipation. I don’t care how smart of a player you may be, if you think too much on the court, you’ll always be a step behind. I forgot to say that basketball is a game of aggression. Like every other sport, the most aggressive party (or at least the one that initiates that aggression) often ends up winning. The problem with thinking too much on the court is that it takes away from your instincts.

Thinking too much makes you stress

Be honest with yourself. When you’re on the bench, what do you think about? “Why is coach not playing me? How many points do I have? I want to get in…” These are the kind of thoughts every player has had in his career. And the higher level you play, the more selfish these thoughts get because the game becomes linked to your livelihood.

The thing is this, these thoughts create unnecessary stress. That stress puts you in a negative mindset which has a bad impact on your game.

Thinking makes you do… dumb things!

Have you ever taken a dumb shot because you felt it was your turn to shoot it? Have you ever refused an opened shot because you had just shot the ball the play before? These two examples or only a couple of examples of dumb things players do because of too much thinking.

How to play without thinking?

It’s impossible. My point here is not to tell you to stop thinking and freestyle all the time. I just want you to understand there must be  balance between thinking the game and playing off your instincts. Both are equally important. Here’s the secret:

You must practice every aspect of the game at the game speed with real competition. That way your brain will have seen every possible alternatives of a play in practice and will process the information quickly in game time. It’s similar to speaking. Most of us don’t think 5 minutes before responding to someone (even though some of us should).

What’s the area of your game that makes you think the most?

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.