A post player has to be something other than tall. Many tall players should not be in the post (Kevin Garnett). By the same token, a post player does not have to be tall (Zach Randolph). A post player is a player who is comfortable playing with his back to the basket. He is not afraid of contact and will come back play after play despite getting hit even when he doesn’t have the ball. A post player is willing to go to the boards on every play and if he can’t get the rebound, makes sure that his man won’t.
Without question, I believe the most important and the most under-taught skill is footwork. One common thing that all great post players have is great footwork.
There are only a certain number of things you can do with your feet. There are a finite number of pivots, but an infinite number of things you can do with those pivots.
The pivots are:
- Inside Pivot
- Drop Step
- Step Through
- Front Pivot
Just like pivots, there are only certain number of shots you can shoot. Some shots post players should have are layup, jump shot, and hook shot. The hook shot was invented by Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He was one of the most greatest post players of all time. Check out my post about him.