Anyone can pass a basketball but only a few can do it in an excellent way. These are only the exceptional players that have undergone intense passing trainings and workouts. Like any skill in basketball, there are no shortcuts also on becoming a great passer. You have to learn even a tiny bit of the basics to be one. We are already through with the types of passes that can be made depending on the situation. Now, it’s time for you to know some tips that will certainly be helpful as you develop your basketball passing skills.
Pass the ball in the right place at the right time.
If you want to avoid a turnover with your pass, then you should always remember this tip. Passing the ball in the right place at the right time is difficult to do at first but practicing it regularly can certainly help. A passer who has the right timing with his/her passes can make a teammate be more effective on the court. Always pass the ball where your teammate wants it to. Sometimes he will make a signal where he wants you to pass the ball and all you have to do is to execute it properly.
Pass with your two hands.
Passing with two hands makes you have more grip and control to the ball. This can make your passes more accurate and effective.
Be observant with your opponents.
Always look at the movement of your opponents and how closed they are guarding your teammates. Do not pass to a teammate who is closely guarded or being double teamed. You can call for an off ball screen first then pass it to the open man.
Make your pass easy to catch.
Always anticipate how much force you will apply to your passes. You won’t need a strong pass to a near teammate or a weak one to a far teammate. Also look at the movement of your teammate. Pass it to the position that he can catch the ball easily. A good pass is a product of a good decision that was made.
Do not do jump passes as much as possible.
If you can avoid doing jump passes, then avoid it. Doing it is too risky and there’s a higher chance that your pass will result to turnover. Even professional players are trained not to do this pass unless there is no opponent around and you are passing to a very open teammate. But if you are surrounded by opponents, just do some other types of pass.
Only make pass to an open passing lane.
Some defenders are too aggressive and too good to anticipate where you will put your passes. So if you are defended by one of these defenders, it’s better also to anticipate his moves on defending you. It’s much better if you will be more aggressive than him and make some special moves with your passes to have an open passing lane.
Always locate your teammate.
Doing this can help you do better passes. Unlike throwing a very risky pass to the direction where you hear the voice of your teammate. Lots of players are doing this and they all end up being a bench player.