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1) Daily 3-minute finishing routine - Pro Training

- 10 makes each, regular and reverse Mikans
- from the left wing, finish with the outside hand, inside hand, Euro reverse layup (left hand), regular reverse (right hand), floater
- repeat from the right wing
- make 5 free throws.

Also see

a) Daily 5-minute routine

- 20 makes each, regular and reverse Mikans
- power finishes (inside-outside footwork)
- reverse power finishes
- from the right side, tap the ball off the backboard 15 times with the right hand then finish with the right hand
- repeat with the left hand, then switch sides
- running hooks from the top of the key.

b) Quick finishing drill

Toss the ball out to the foul line or top of the key, catch and square up, one dribble, do each finish 10 times (5 each way),

- pro hop
- spin move
- Euro-step.

c) 10-minute finishing routine

- Mikan drill, regular and reverse
- top of the key drives, e.g. off two feet, running hook
- baseline drives from the corners.

See Layups - Daily dozen, Basketball BC, Pro Training workout #8, workout #9.up

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2) Steve Nash 4-minute finishing workout - EGT

Everything is from the elbows. Make 5 of each finish from the right elbow, repeat from the left elbow. After each shot, dribble out to the elbow, go behind the back with a quick rotation opposite to square up. The finishes are

- outside foot, outside hand
- outside foot, inside hand
- floater (outside hand, inside foot)
- scoop reverse (one hand pickup, use the backboard).

See Shooting - Behind-the-back pull-ups, also Jordan Lawley - 7-minute finishing challenge (YouTube)

- 140 total makes
- 20 Mikans & reverse Mikans
- 10 makes each on both sides - scoop, overhand, sidehand, Euro-step, first step (outside foot and hand).

Also see Cody Toppert - 11 finishes for small guards (YouTube).
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3) Loop-around finishes - Collin Castellaw

4 cones, dribble around each cone from the outside, switch hands, finish with a regular outside-hand layup, progression

- scoop finish (one-hand pickup)
- goofy finish (outside hand and foot)
- go behind the back, between the legs or spin dribble to switch hands.

See Shooting - 5-spot series, Altizer challenge (W-out layups), Behind-the-back pull-ups, Layups - Speed.up

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4) Weak-hand finishing - Pro Training

Make 4 layups from 5 spots, always dribbling and finishing with the weak hand (the strong hand never touches the ball). The layups are

- off the glass
- finger roll (no glass)
- reverse layup off the glass
- reverse layup no glass.

See Layups - Pro Training workout #8 (
5-spot layups), workout #9 (5-spot reverse).up

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5) Stride-out finishing - Augie Johnston

4 cones, take a dribble outside the 3-point line, finish without another dribble.

Progression - reverse layups.

See Layups - One dribble.up

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6) Finish like Kyrie Irving - Collin Castellaw

a) Behind the back to outside-hand finish

Start on the block facing halfcourt, dribble to the elbow with the right (outside) hand, go behind the back, control it with the right hand, go behind the back at the other elbow, again control it with the right hand, use a one-hand pickup to finish with the outside hand. The left hand never touches the ball.

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Repeat coming back on the other side, the right hand never touches the ball.

Progressions

b) Leg wrap to inside-hand finish

Dribble out to the elbow, wrap the ball around the outside leg, catch with the same hand, repeat at the other elbow, finish by shifting the ball to the inside hand.
 
c) Inside-out behind the back to inside reverse

Dribble to the elbow, go inside-out behind the back to the same hand, repeat at the other elbow, finish with a reverse layup using the same hand (baseline hand).

d) Yo-yo dribble to outside reverse

Dribble to the elbow, yo-yo dribble and catch with the same hand, repeat at the other elbow, push crossover to the other hand, finish on the other side of the rim.up

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7) Footwork finishing - Augie Johnston

a)

With the ball in the outside hand, go inside-out behind the back, catch it with the same hand, drop step and spin to finish.

Alternate sides, make 10.

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b)

Dribble from the baseline to the elbow with the left (outside) hand, put it through the legs with the right hand (like a Shammgod), catch with the right hand into a two-step, no-dribble one-hand pickup finish.

Alternate sides, make 10.up

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8) Dirk Nowitzki drills - Augie Johnston

a)

From the foul line, take a lateral crossover step behind the foul line with one dribble, keep the ball in one hand, two steps outside the key, finish.




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b)

Cross-step with one dribble, drop step and spin to finish, only one hand on the ball.up

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