In order for a basketball team to reach its full potential, it’s vital that each player on the court is a threat to create offense, and is a player the defense has to account for. A player does not necessarily have to be a lights-out shooter or needs to be able to score at will to have an impact on the offensive end of the game; they can also create looks for others with strong passing skills.
What is the triple threat position?
The most surefire way to make yourself a legitimate threat on the court is to ensure you always receive a pass in the triple threat position. Basketball players should step into a pass they receive, and once they catch the pass, they should place the ball in their “hip pocket” and go into the triple threat position. While in the triple threat position, their knees should bent; their feet should spaced appropriately so they’re in an athletic position; their head should be up; and they should use the correct pivot foot, meaning right-handed players use their left foot as their pivot foot and left-handed players use their right foot as their pivot.
So what exactly do we mean when we say the term “triple threat position?” Put simply, a triple threat position means that a player is in position to either shoot a jump shot, make a bounce or chest pass to a teammate, or dribble the ball (ideally to the basket) where they could shoot, get fouled or open up space for a pass to another teammate. Essentially, being in the triple threat stance puts you in position to make any type of offensive basketball play. Then, you can read what your defender and the rest of the team defense is doing, and decide what your best course of action is.
The triple threat position puts immediate pressure on the person guarding you, as he or she must be prepared to stop your drive, contest your shot, or get a hand in the passing lane.
Ideally, players should be taught the triple threat stance at a young age. Once they start playing organized basketball, it’s essential to teach them crucial fundamentals and teach them how to properly receive the basketball, and read the different options they have when the ball is in their hand.
As players climb up the ladder and begin playing in more competitive situations in middle school, high school and/or college, they can perform countless moves off the foundation of the triple threat stance.
Gannon Baker, one of the leading basketball training specialists in the country, has a wonderful DVD in which he shows players 34 different moves they can do out of the triple threat position to create space for themselves and their teammates. It’s near impossible to consistently score without creating space between you and the defender to get your shot off or make a play for a teammate.
Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals of the triple threat stance and you’re ready to take your game to the next level, consider getting expert tutelage from a world-renowned instructor like Gannon Baker; it could be the edge you need to one-up your competition.