We all want to improve our skills in whatever we are doing and basketball players are not left out. Often times players don’t get to know where to start and how or sometimes. While some players might be more experienced with some skills than others, it is best to have at least some ability in these areas listed below.



Running is very essential in basketball. On defense, you will often find yourself needing to run after the opponent, especially during fast breaks. When you have the ball, running will help you to avoid defenders and get to the basket quicker.


Dribbling is an important skill for all basketball players, in fact if you know how to dribble very well are blessed. This skill will allow you to move up and down the court, maneuver past defenders and execute plays. Proper dribbling requires ball-handling skills and knowledge of how to spread your fingers for ball control. It is also best if you know how to dribble equally well with both hands.


Knowing how to shoot a basketball correctly is one of the most important skills you need to master in order to play the game. At its heart, basketball is a simple game. You need to be able to put the ball in the hoop. As basketball has progressed at the highest levels it has become more and more important to be able to shoot the ball from long distance. You may not have been born gifted with incredible height, but your ability to shoot is something you can control. With the right form and habits you will be well ahead of the game!


Passing remains one of the most under-taught, under-emphasized, and under drilled skill in the game!! Often in the game many players think of passing as something to do when they don’t have a shot as opposed to an unselfish act that is designed to include other players. The ability to pass the ball to other players can make the difference between scoring and not scoring. Really great passers are an important part of a basketball team and usually the ones who set up scoring plays.


I personally believe jumping is the most important skill in basketball. This is because even if you cannot dribble or run as fast as others but you are able to jump higher enough your team can score more point than the opponent . Jumping is involved in offense during the jump ball in the beginning, while taking shots and sometimes while trying to catch a pass. On defensive, you will need the ability to jump when trying to block a shot or a pass. Being able to out jump your opponent for a rebound also is important.