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Dribbling Series


See Jr. NBA - Stationary ballhandling, At Home, Off-Season Workouts - YouTube drills.

One Ball

Here are 4 comprehensive drills:

  • Work on handles without dribbling (Damin Altizer)
    • Maravich ballhandling if dribbling is not an option e.g. in an apartment
    • finger taps
    • wrap one leg, waist, other leg (change direction)
    • corkscrew (wrap legs waist head), change direction
    • wrap one leg two legs, change direction
    • ball slams
    • hikes
      • both hands front back
      • alternate one hand in front, one behind
    • lunge position toss-catch, change sides
  • Daily 5-Minute Routine (Tony Watson)
    • Ball slaps, finger tips.
    • Around head, waist, both legs, one leg, other leg, figure-8s, 1-leg 2-legs (reverse all of the these).
    • Dribbling - low (calf), pounds (waist), around each leg with one hand, quick-dribble figure-8s.
    • Windshield wipers (v-dribbles, both hands), walking the dog (both sides), dog wipers (front then side v-dribble).
    • Crossovers, between and under (double takes), figure-8s (two dribbles), behind the back.
    • Double moves - between-cross each way, between-behind each way
  • Another 5-Minute Daily Routine (Watson)
    • Head-waist-legs, figure-8s, 1-leg 2-legs.
    • Pound cross, pound between, pound behind.
    • Triple moves - cross cross between pound, between between cross pound, cross between behind pound.
    • Between between resets (rise up, hang), switch hands.
  • 3-Minute Ballhandling Warm-up (Jordan Lawley)
    • Pounds, front v-dribble, inside-out, leg wraps (one dribble), crossover (small, big), between, between and under (double take), behind (small, big).
    • Combo moves - between cross, between behind, cross between behind.


For more progressions see Off-Season Workouts - YouTube drills (ballhandling).


Two balls

  • Basic
    • pound, pistons
      • waist, shoulder, knee high
    • high-low (one ball high, one low, switch)
    • one-hand dribbling, both balls
  • Intermediate
    • circle one leg (pound the other ball), switch
      • alternate legs
    • alternating inside-out
    • traps - pound dribble high then low, repeat
    • front v-dribble (same-time, opposing)
    • side v-dribble (same time, opposing)
    • figure-8 (the balls follow each other), switch
    • half spider, switch
    • juggles, switch
    • pound cross (one ball stays in front, or circle then change direction)
    • pound between (cross the other ball), one leg, switch
      • alternate legs
  • Advanced
    • pound between behind, switch
    • push-thru (leg wrap)
      • pound push thru, switch
      • pound push thru double behind (Curry), switch
    • continuous cross
    • continuous between, alternating legs (reset)


Up and back

One ball (switch hands as needed), fullcourt, halfcourt or cross-court.

  • Basic
    • right hand, left hand
    • alternating-hand speed dribble
    • (pound) crossover, between, behind, inside-out (see tight moves to half)
    • stop and go (keep dribble alive)
    • slow and go (fast-slow-fast)
    • skip dribbles - strong hand, weak hand
    • hesitation - stutter, skip, pause and rise on one foot
    • Nash dribble jab
    • pullback, pullback cross (retreat dribbles)
    • figure-8 (pretzel) walking - forward, backward
  • Intermediate to advanced
    • Footwork ballhandling (continuous), see Dribbling - Jason Kidd fullcourt
    • Zig-zag
      • two dribbles (or 3), change of direction
      • one-dribble change
    • Double moves
      • (pound) double cross, double take, double between, double behind
    • Inside-out series
      • (pound) inside-out cross, inside-out between, inside-out behind
      • (pound) double inside-out cross, double inside-out between, double inside-out behind (wrap)
    • Wrap series
      • (pound) wrap, between wrap, inside-out wrap
      • (continuous) inside-out between wrap, between behind wrap, cross between behind wrap
    • Spin series
      • (pound) pound spin, inside-out spin, cross spin, between spin
      • (pound) between cross spin, between between spin, between behind spin
    • Dribble-jab series
      • Nash dribble-jab cross
      • switch-hand move, switch-hand cross
    • Hesi series
      • (pound) hesi cross, hesi between
      • (continuous or pound) cross hesi, behind hesi, inside-out hesi cross
      • (pound) cross hesi cross, between hesi cross, behind hesi cross
      • (continuous) double cross hesi, between cross hesi, double between hesi, behind cross hesi
      • (pound) double between hesi cross, between cross hesi cross, between behind hesi cross
    • Pistol Pete's - one hand, walking, dribble under the outside leg, over the other leg, switch hands

Two balls



Use zig-zag cones or a line of cones to work on secondary moves (changes of direction). A cone line can also be used for primary moves (inside-out, hesitation), behind-the-back wraps, and weaving. Cones can be tight or loose.

Attack the basket

Ball in the outside hand to start (can drop into a split stance), progress to inside hand, adjust finishes, attack from the top, and progress to shots, e.g. freeze pull-ups, crossover jumpers, stepbacks, drag pullbacks.

  • primary moves
    • hesitation, inside-out
    • finishes - regular layup, power, reverse, Euro-step, pro hop (slice, slide), early (one-hand pickup), inside-hand, pass fake, around the back, goofy-foot
    • freeze pull-ups
  • secondary moves
    • cross, between, behind, spin
    • primary-secondary, e.g.
      • inside-out cross, inside-out wrap
      • hesi cross, hesi between
      • cross hesi, between hesi
    • finishes - baby hook, tight scoop, half reverse, floater, runner, spin pullback
    • crossover pull-ups
  • Iverson crossover series
    • load-up move (skip hesi)
    • hesi cross (Iverson)
    • hesi inside-out cross
    • counters - inside-out, cross between, cross cross, cross hesi (glide) cross (Durant double-cross)
  • scissor series
    • between, between cross, hesi between, hesi between cross
      • hesi between inside-out
      • between wrap, between cross wrap, between cross cross
    • between hesi, between hesi cross
    • between and back under
      • between and under, cross
    • finishes - at the rim, or mid-range shots
  • other double (or triple) moves, e.g.
    • cross cross (Kevin Durant)
    • behind behind (Nash, Jamal Crawford)
    • behind, spin (Rocky Ullah)
    • cross spin, between spin (Tony Parker finish)
  • jab series
    • Nash dribble jab
      • dribble-jab cross
    • cross jab (drop cross, switch-hand move) - crossover, jab back the other way
      • cross jab cross (or between)
    • jab cross (dribble-foot jab, cross), jab between


2007-21 Eric Johannsen