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Player Impact Without Scoring

There are more ways to be an impactful player on the team, rather than just scoring the most amount of points. As basketball trainers, we can get wrapped up in showing our athletes how to score. But I think it is equally, if not more, important to teach them how to be a well rounded player, and use other skills to help their team.



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Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. - Michael Jordan

Getting scouted, recruited, and earning scholarships isn’t about scoring 30 pts in a game anymore. Teamwork, dedication, passion, and energy are the key factors to a long standing career in basketball. The reality of the situation is scoring points comes and goes. You can always have a bad game for scoring, however it is entirely your attitude that can make or break your game. Your shooting can be off, but that is when you need to keep up your motivation and help your team in other ways. So how can players win without scoring?


ENERGY. There isn’t enough ‘Blog Time’ to explain all the ways our energy and attitude affects the game but here are a few of the most important reasons:


  • 50/50 Balls

  • Defense Deflections

  • Contested Shots

  • Extra Passing

  • Ball Movement

  • Dive for Loose Balls

  • Rebounds

  • Support Team while on the Bench

  • Execute Plays

  • Play Your Role

  • Admit Mistakes

  • Full Accountability

  • Watch Game Tapes

  • Practice

  • Weight Train


I could go on forever but I won’t. Energy is required in so many different areas of basketball, on and off the court. Working on your energy will drive that dedication and passion for the game, and make you an all around player. Treating every game like a championship, and having the drive to not give up even if you aren’t on your best shooting game is key. Being a player your team can rely on not only on the court but in the practice as well, is what matters most. This is the exact mindset I hope to instill in all our young athletes.


I encourage everyone, coach, trainer, and parent to inform their young athletes that scoring isn’t everything. Winning means more than just points.


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