How To Become A NBA Player – What You Need To Know

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It’s every serious basketball player dream to play in the NBA, going against the best basketball players in the world, fame and authority, and best of all, getting paid tons of money to do so. It’s the ultimate dream job for a basketball player, but it sounds easier than it looks.

The best athlete’s of any sport dedicate their entire lives to perfecting their craft, and some aren’t willing to make that necessary sacrifice. They may talk like they want to be a professional, but sure don’t show it with their actions. It all falls down to one question, how bad do you really want it?

Read on below, if you want to know how to become a NBA player.


Separate Yourself From The Pack

Their are millions of basketball players who have the same goal as you. What makes you any different from them? The answer is your WORK ETHIC. The only way to separate yourself from the others is through your work. Everybody is talented, but not everyone wants to work hard.

You got to be the one waking up early to go work out, going to the weight room to lift, getting up extra shots after practice, etc… You have to do the things nobody else wants to do to stand out. I tell you this now, there is absolutely, no substitute for hard work.

If your not willing to work hard and push yourself, your chance to making it to the big leagues are slim to none.


Conquer Your Level

Whatever level of competition your at, whether it may be, middle school, high school, collegiate, overseas, etc… you have to conquer it. What I mean by conquering your level, is that you have to completely dominate the competition that your in.

You know how you can dominate the competition? It all falls down to two things, how well your prepared and how are you worked on your craft. Everyone should know that  YOUR the best basketball player in the area. Your the player everyone wants to come out and watch play.

When that happens, your name speaks for itself and people will tell other people about you.


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Take The College Route 

Many NBA players you see on TV began their career in college. Whether it’s Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, or junior college. Your ultimate goal should be playing on a high-level division 1 program (The college teams you always see playing on ESPN) and filling up the stat sheet, so that an NBA scout can recruit you.

Continue to work hard not only in the gym but in the classrooms as well through your college years, and make sure your prepared mentally and physically if an NBA scout comes to watch you or someone else play.


Surround Yourself With The Right People

Lebron James had his mom and coach. Kobe Bryant had his parents. Michael Jordan had his family. There is nobody that ever made it to the top, got there on they own. We all need help to get where we want to go, but not all help is good help. So you have to be aware of who you keep in your inner circle.

You should surround yourself with people that wants to do good by you, see you succeed, believes in you and your dream, and that are there for you.

Those people are important because they can keep you focused on motivated for the ultimate goal.


Believe In Yourself

This is one of the most important factors in achieving your goal, other than working hard. For anybody to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself first. You have to know for a fact that you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to. I tell you this now, when your own your journey to accomplishing your goal, whether it is becoming an NBA player or whatever, you will have haters.

People that say “You can’t do this”, “You can’t do that”, they are all haters. Sometimes it might even come from people that’s closes to you. It’s nothing new though, everybody that have been successful has haters, but successful people don’t feed into the hatred, they just prove them wrong and move on to the next goal they want to accomplish.

You just have to ignore them, and stay focused on the mission.


Other Considerations 

Every basketball player wants to play in the NBA, but not everyone will make it to the NBA. Players tend to overlook the opportunities Overseas basketball presents. Their are multiple leagues with multiple times, which means that there are more opportunities for players to get a spot on the roster.

They have a huge fan base, and the best leagues pay there players just as much or even more than NBA teams. Overseas basketball players still have the opportunity to get recruited by an NBA scout if there good enough.

If want to be a professional basketball player and make a living playing the game of basketball, you should consider all options.


The Bottom Line

Making it to the NBA isn’t easy at all, but it’s not impossible. I know that you got what it takes, it just going to take all that you’ve got to make it happen. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic: it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”- Collin Powell.

I hope you enjoyed this article on how to become a NBA player, and I encourage you to share this and leave a comment below if you have any questions or want to share your own experience.


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4 thoughts on “How To Become A NBA Player – What You Need To Know

  1. This is a really cool article which shows an insight into the level of commitment, hunger and work it takes to make it at basketball. This could be applied to any sport or job really.

    Having coached many young players would you say those who are not always the most naturally gifted are the most dedicated?

    I think some young people who are naturally talented may not realize that they too need to work like mad to make it and they may be held back by thinking they are better than they are.

    1. I agree with you 100%. Some players feel as if their entitled to success, but success isn’t given, it’s earned.

  2. David,
    Great article that you wrote about what it takes to be an NBA player.

    One other important thing that should have been mentioned would be that the individual is blessed with athletic talent from the beginning plus height.

    Face it, not many 18-year olds who never grow to even 6 feet tall have the sheer talent of the Celtics’ Isiah Thomas. Lack of height is a major detriment to 99.5% of any kid making it to the NBA

    The issue with college basketball today is that so many 18 – 20 year old players believe that they are already good enough to be in the NBA. Sadly, they are not and leaving college early without that degree many of them do not even get drafted.

    Most great basketball players have extraordinary gifts in the sport at a young age; some before 12-years old. It is important that they receive the right guidance from individuals who are adept at improving the playing skills of these young kids.

    Too often now, especially with AAU ball it is about dunking or else jacking up wild shots. Lack of footwork to play sound defense, passing skills and teamwork are not taught by coaches. Unfortunately, these are the kids who at 18/19 years old and playing only one year in college who believe they are ready to jump right to the NBA.

    Many of them simply do not make it!


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