Basketball Drills: Mike Lee Baseline Drives with Dr. Dish

Dr. Dish Basketball and Thrive3 Basketball are back at it again with more great basketball drills. Coach Mike Lee will break down 3 great basketball drills that focus on the baseline drive and the different reads players will have. Coach Lee does a great job teaching why it’s important to keep spacing on the floor and also running through different options you have as a player depending on how the defense is playing.

These basketball drills work great with the Dr. Dish All-Star because we’re able to program our shooting goals, shooting locations, and also set the tempo. This makes training more efficient and also allows teams to set and attain goals while training. Detailed stats and analytics can also be tracked throughout thes basketball drills. The ability to do these things are crucial if you want to train efficiently and also work towards individual and team goals.

Many oaches tend to teach defensive players to force the ball-handler to drive baseline so these drills will help simulate what you can expect to do when the help defense slides over. Coach Lee also notes the importance of reading the defender. You can try to predict what the defensive player will do but you can never know until you’re put into a game situation. However, it’s important to have the skills and knowledge to combat anything you may see on the floor. Check out the video below and see how these basketball drills can improve your practice and game play.



In the first drill, Coach Lee went through and demonstrated the action showing the offensive player driving to the baseline and then the post player relocating to the elbow for the shot. Oftentimes the baseline help will come from the post player in the short corner or block area. When the post player relocates, this can open up the drive directly to the hoop. But, most of the time will result in an open shot for the post on the wing. After the player makes the pass to the elbow, they will space out to the corner and then the Dish will make the pass to them for the shot. This also stresses drive, kick, SPACE. Often overlooked after making the pass is spacing the floor to give the ball handler an opportunity to attack.


In the second drill the offensive player will drive baseline and make a pocket pass to the post relocating to the elbow again. This time the post player will not have an open shot. The player that drove baseline will space back out to the wing three point line and then receive a pass from the post at the elbow. The post player will follow their pass and screen for the ball-handler. The ball-handler will then take one or two dribbles into a pull-up jump shot. The screener will space to the short corner area and will receive a pass from the Dish for a shot.


In the third and last basketball drill, Coach Lee went through the same action as the previous drill but this time the player coming off of the ball screen will make a pass back to the post player for the pick and pop. If the post player doesn’t show on the screen, then the mid-range shot will more than likely always be open. Assuming the post shows, the post player popping to the corner area will be open for the jump shot. This action is increasingly becoming popular with high schools and colleges. Offense in the NBA is focused around ball screen action especially if you have a great playmaker. The Dish will make a pass to the passer for a wing three point shot. Every player on the court has an opportunity to shoot and score the basketball so it’s very important to get a high number of reps in.

The Dish will track your teams progress and shooting percentage for each drill and coaches can now use Skill Builder to create workouts based around drills like these ones Coach Mike Lee demonstrated. Stats can be tracked over time and coaches can rest assured knowing their players are training efficiently and with a purpose!