The Ultimate Guide to Playing Small Forward

  • Date:
    Mar 17, 2015

Small forwards need to have an all-around ability that makes them valuable to the team in a variety of ways. Though they're not the primary ball handler, small forwards need dribbling skills. Though they're not expected to be great post players, they need to be able to post up. Though they're often not the top scoring option, they need to be able to score.

Don't underestimate what you, as a small forward, mean to your team. And never turn down an opportunity to get better.

Here is your guide to some of the basics of the small forward position, with resources that specifically target what you need to work on:

Shooting

Whether it's from 3-point range, driving to the basket or something in between, small forwards are valuable if they can be versatile scorers. Here are tips to get you started:

• USA Basketball Shooting Drills


Defense


Small forwards need to be versatile enough to cover both bigger and smaller players. Here are some tips to make sure your defense is reliable in clutch situations.

• 6 Tips For Better Perimeter Defense

• VIDEO: Mass Defense Part 1


Strength and Conditioning

A power forward being asked to rebound, play physical defense and run the floor needs to be in tremendous physical shape. Here are strength and conditioning resources that will get you game-ready.

• 5 Exercises To Improve Power

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  • Date:
    May 25, 2016

Your team might not always have access to the weight room, but that's okay. Here are some strength exercises that can be done on court, with nothing more than a basketball.

  • Date:
    May 23, 2016

This two-minute passing drill helps players with touch and feel and can be a great way to get players firing on all cylinders before practice starts.

  • Date:
    Apr 29, 2016

Here's a drill named for one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived -- George Mikan. While it certainly is meant to improve a player's layup skills, the Mikan Drill also helps develop rhythm, timing for rebounding, and scoring in the paint.

  • Date:
    Apr 5, 2016

With the growth in popularity of 3x3 Basketball, here's a good practice to run. As described, the ball handler must choose between give-and-go or pass-and-screen.

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    By Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS
  • Date:
    Mar 8, 2017

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