The best kind of passing in basketball includes all five players of the same team working with a similar frame of mind. The original question is - what is the best shot for our team? However, through enough practice, the very best players don’t need to endure this thought process. Rather, the idea of finding the open teammate and setting up the best available shot is already second nature.
There are only a handful of teams in NBA that consistently pass the ball with the best interests of the team in mind. By no mere coincidence, these are some of the top squads in the league. The Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs don’t have a top-10 NBA player. but they are two of the likeliest championship contenders because of the way they pass with such fluidity and skill. The Golden State Warriors have an MVP candidate on their team in guard Stephen Curry, but he too understands the benefits of team play.
Sports team websites can be a great way for coaches to teach their young athletes about the art of passing.
Warriors lead the league through passing
The Golden State Warriors sit atop the NBA standings in large part because of incredible talents like Curry, guard Klay Thompson and forwards Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala. However, it’s not just the individual talents, but how they play together that makes it all work, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
“It’s a skill,” Curry told the news outlet. “You have to really teach it and drill it and make sure everybody is on the same page. Because it has to be a five man deal, to have the right spacing and mentality to do it. Personnel is obviously a part of that, too.”
Spurs coach always keeps assists in mind
Gregg Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, may not be devoted to most traditional stats, but he still appreciates the value of an assist, the San Antonio Express News reported.
“Intuitively, you know what went on,” Popovich told the news outlet. “I do look at assists every game. Like when we lost the other night at New York, we had 17 assists. That’s pretty low for us. Teams that want to be good don’t have 17 assists. Unless Larry Bird, Michael [Jordan] and Kevin Durant are all on the same team, and they’re taking turns.”