Basketball IQ the NEW Talent/Skill!

25 Apr
Basketball IQ the NEW Talent/Skill!
  • Have you watched a basketball game lately and the game just left you wondering what happend?  Or why did that player take that shot? Or why didn’t the team call timeout? or Why did they foul?
  • Have you ever wondered why so many time outs are called late in the game to diagram a play?  Why doesn’t the team have a play for that situation?
  • Why do games just end with no strategy employed?
For that very reason, I have come to realize that the new talent/skill in the game of basketball is BASKETBALL IQ!  I define talent/skill as the ability to do something easily and quickly that sets you apart from others and makes you unique.
Examples of talent/skill in the game of basketball are:
  • Dribbling skills – Chris Paul
  • Passing skills – Jason Kidd
  • Court vision skills – Steve Nash
  • Shooting skills – Ray Allen
  • Scoring skills – Kobe Bryant
  • Rebounding skills – Kevin Love
  • Defensive skills – Dwight Howard
I feel that basketball IQ is:
  1. having the ability to process information at game speed
  2. reading the flow of the game and determine if it needs to be changed
  3. the understanding of the importance of time and score
  4. the understanding of shot selection
  5. the understanding of his teammates strength’s and weaknesses
  6. knowing and developing an understanding of the scouting report/game plan
  7. developing a relationship with the coaching staff so to better understand the system
  8. knowing your opponents
  9. watching tapes of your team, of yourself, of the opposing team and the person you will defend
  10. listening to knowledgeable people, reading about the game, studying the game.
  11. having the ability to understand what was drawn/discussed in the timeout, execute it on the floor and being able to make the proper “basketball reads” if the play isn’t there. This is especially important in late game situations.
I really believe that college coaches need to place an emphasis on recruiting BASKETBALL IQ just as much as they recruit the other 7 skills that I have listed above. The teams/programs that find those players that have high basketball IQs are going to be the teams/programs that will consistently win the close games.  When games are close a players basketball IQ thus becomes the real talent!
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