1. PLAY AS A TEAM
I don’t know how many times I’ve played people online and all they do is dribble up with their best player and shoot a bad shot. It might work for awhile, but eventually, your luck WILL run out! There have been times where I have been losing by 15 points after the first quarter and even sometimes in the second quarter and then I end up beating my opponent by 15 or 20 points because the ball hog method did not work for them the whole game. This is definitely the most important tip and if you practice it, you will start to win more games. GUARANTEED!
Heres an example of what not to do:
Heres an example of what to do instead: Click here
2. UTILIZE THE POST
The post players can be the most deadly players in the game if used correctly. More than 80% of the people that I have played hardly ever throw the ball into the post. Most people’s excuse for not using the post is that, ” They can’t score as easily as the guards”. This is entirely not true. If you know how to use them correctly, they are very effective. Learning the post moves within the game can be a big game changer for you. Sure some post players are going to be able to score more easily than others, but using that post player the way there meant to be used will make your team more successful. For example, if you have Dwight Howard, you are going to want to learn the power moves since his strength has an extremely high rating within in the game. One of those power moves in the spin move. This is the simplest but most effective post move in the game in my opinion. Dwight will spin off the defender and jam it home for 2 points if the lane is clear and sometimes even on top of defenders. Now don’t get me wrong, this move will not work for every post player. Brian Scallabrini is not going to spin lighting fast right around his defender and dunk it over the guy that was on help defense. Like I said before, you have to know what the strengths and weaknesses of each post player are and then play to that style accordingly. Another huge thing that most people don’t realize is that your post players DO NOT have to score to be effective in the game. If you throw it into the post and get close to the basket, most of the time, defenders will come to help. This means they are leaving their man wide open for the shot. This is a game killer for the other team if you have 3-point shooters and you use this technique effectively.
Here are a few examples of Dwight Howard posting up then eventually getting doubled team. He then kicks it out to the shooters.:
Here is an example of the up and under post move:
3. THE POINT GUARD IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER
I know I said above that your post players can be your deadliest players, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the most important. Without your point guard, your team isn’t a team. The point guard decides whether your team wins 70 games…. or 10 games.
The five factors I use to grade a point guard are :
- What’s his ball handling rating?
- What’s his steal rating?
- What’s his speed & quickness rating?
- Can he shoot mid range-3 pointers?
- Whats his pass rating?
4. LET THE COMPUTER PLAY DEFENSE ON THE GUY WHO HAS THE BALL
This one is pretty straight forward. Let the computer play defense on the guy who has the ball, not you. The reason I say this is because it is VERY hard to play as good of defense as the computer does. It’s nearly impossible to stop a “star” player like Lebron James or Kevin Durant if you are trying to guard them yourself. I suggest playing defense with the guy that it the farthest away from the ball. The only time I do suggest playing defense on the guy who has the ball is when it is in the post. It is easier to play defense in the post just because the post players aren’t running around in circles like the guards do. If you have a good enough post defender and you press the “right buttons” at the right time, you could end up with some steals and some blocks. Remember, offense wins games, but defense wins championships!
5. USE YOUR BENCH PLAYERS THE WAY THEY’RE SUPPOSE TO BE USED
Countless times whenever I play someone online, the first thing they will do when they get into the game is go into their Coach Settings and turn Auto Subs and Auto Timeout off. This is not a good idea! Your starters may be able to play well for the first couple of quarters and if your lucky, for three quarters. But if you keep them all in without substituting them out once for the entire game, they will fall apart are their ratings will drop drastically! So do yourself a favor and let the coaches make the substitutions for you. It will improve your overall game and you will notice a huge difference on how your team plays.
And that’s it. I guarantee if you follow those 5 tips above, you will win more games.
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