Which Parts of Analysis Do NBA Players Value the Most? Atlanta Hawks Coach Nate Babcock Talks Video

Which Parts of Analysis Do NBA Players Value the Most? Atlanta Hawks Coach Nate Babcock Talks Video

With the NBA sea­son now upon us, Atlanta Hawks assis­tant coach Nate Babcock’s advice to some of the world’s best play­ers is to watch, learn, and improve.

Nate Babcock is tasked with over­see­ing the video room and assist­ing with play­er devel­op­ment for the Hawks and is a firm believ­er that video is a vital tool for play­er improvement.

Pushed for any tips he’d give any col­leagues work­ing with video, the Hawks coach said: The best advice I can give any­body with a video back­ground is don’t waste time.”

So many coach­es waste so much time on stuff that’s just not valu­able,” Babcock said. Figure out what you val­ue the most, what your play­ers val­ue the most and build from there. Don’t waste time on get­ting clips and chop­ping up video for some­thing that isn’t of high val­ue to you.

Figure out what you val­ue then spend time with your play­ers, whether that’s grab­bing clips of prac­tice, film­ing one on one, video­ing play­er devel­op­ment is so important.”

Hawks forward Taurean Prince in action against the Sacramento Kings.

Babcock some­times sees play­ers and coach­es over-com­pli­cate learn­ing process­es. He believes sim­plic­i­ty is more effec­tive when it comes to video.

You don’t need a big sys­tem or ten guys run­ning around film­ing every­thing,” Babcock said. If you can film it then that’s a start, if you can break it down then great but make play­ers part of the devel­op­ment process. Sit down and watch it with your players.” 

So many coach­es waste so much time on stuff that’s just not valu­able, fig­ure out what you val­ue the most, what your play­ers val­ue the most and build from there”

Babcock has rubbed shoul­ders with some of the biggest names in the NBA and believes play­er improve­ment can sim­ply be put down to study­ing your peers.

The best play­ers I’ve seen are all learn­ing from oth­er play­ers. They’re think­ing that this guy does this real­ly well so I’m going to steal that,” Babcock said. They cre­ate their own body of work through this and for exam­ple at Brooklyn we had play­ers who would ask, can I get some clips of this guy’s finishing’? 

"Stealing from other players is how you get better".

In terms of learn­ing from the best in the game, Babcock intro­duced us to the phrase, steal­ing from the best play­ers is how you get better.’

Being able to use video to teach and for play­er devel­op­ment is very impor­tant, maybe show a play­er a clip of anoth­er play­er doing some­thing real­ly well,” Babcock said. Manu Ginobili back in his prime was real­ly good at com­ing off the roll guy, he’d fake a shot and be able to lift the big guy up then get the pock­et pass, he was real­ly good at that so if you’ve got a play­er who is strug­gling with that then maybe show him Ginobili doing it.”

Coach Babcock outlines how you can learn off NBA legends such as Manu Ginobili.

Competition is fierce across the NBA and Babcock has his play­ers using video for an added edge which could make all the difference. 

At Brooklyn we’d put the team’s pre­vi­ous game or two onto Hudl so the play­ers could go on and watch the full game,” Babcock said. A lot of the play­ers would also ask for all of the clips from their pre­vi­ous games for the play­er they’re guard­ing so they can see how a play­er scores and how he does his thing.”

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