The Basketball Podcast: EP299 with Brandon Payne on Maximizing Shooting and Player Development

RELEASE DATE : 20/12/2023

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, basketball player development specialist Brandon Payne shares insights on maximizing basketball shooting and player development.

Brandon Payne also discussed his All Access Shooting Video Series available at The Brandon Payne video series showcases one of the NBA’s top player coaches’ holistic approach to player development. The combination of an in-depth discussion of the overriding philosophy and structure behind what he does, coupled with the demonstration of practical drills and skills and how they complement each other makes the Brandon Payne video series stand apart from other shooting clinics or player development videos you have seen.

As a basketball player development specialist, Brandon Payne is renowned for his self-curated training methods that are responsible for the success of some of the game’s most elite athletes. Most notably, 4x NBA champion, 2x NBA MVP (the only unanimous MVP in NBA history), 1X Finals MVP, and 9x NBA All-Star Stephen Curry sits atop the extensive roster of impressive clientele.

Since training his first client in 1996, Brandon Payne has developed and refined a unique, elaborate workout program combining strength, speed, agility, and skill work into one efficient session aimed at producing a more innovative and intelligent model of basketball player development. His success led to the founding of Accelerate Basketball Training, an elite basketball training center catering to all talent levels. For more than two decades, Payne has personally trained over 100 NBA, WNBA, and international athletes, with his work profiled in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today,, Bleacher Report, NBA TV, and many others.

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Brandon Payne Quotes:

Stephen and I have always talked about how one of the things that drives us is to make sure we leave the game in a better place than we found it. I’m kind of getting to the point in my career where it’s time for me to start kind of gearing more towards training coaches, training trainers, still working with players some, but now it’s time for me to start passing knowledge on to other people so that they can take what we’ve developed and hopefully expand on it and make it even better.”

“Sometimes we got to understand that if we do want to get extra work in, it’s better to go ahead and get that extra work in right after practice.  Not to practice, stop for a few hours, then go back and restart the whole process. Because when you restart that process, you’re interrupting your recovery process.”

“When I go to guys, I make sure that we’re not adding to their plate. I make sure that everything that we do is within the framework of what the team wants to do as well. I think it is extremely important anytime a player has somebody like myself that’s a part of their circle, that the team is included in that conversation.”

“When you talk about guys getting ready for the draft . . they’re entering the professional basketball level where everything you do must provide benefit to your performance on the court. So, we can’t have wasted workouts. We can’t have anything that takes us backwards”

“The same type of approach that these players want to take to their daily work on the court, they’ve got to take to strength conditioning, they’ve got to take into nutrition, they’ve got to take into their hydration. They’ve got to take that same type of work ethic into their sleep, how they sleep.”

“One of the things I talk about is the best way to become a better basketball player is you’ve got to be bigger, faster, and stronger in order to execute those skills that you’re working on every day.”

“I know that a lot of times I speak like everybody’s a pro, but ven young players that are trying to go from making their middle school team to make a JV or make a varsity, have to have a process of getting better that’s beneficial on a daily basis. And a lot of times, if you’re just working, working hour after hour, number one, you’re not going game speed. Number two, you’re probably not working with great mechanical efficiency. Number three, you’re probably creating more bad habits than good because the fatigue work starts to overcome your mechanics. You’re taking yourself further away from where you want to be instead of taking yourself closer to where you want to.”

“It’s okay to question yourself. It’s okay to question what you’ve been doing because that’s the only way you can really get better. I tell players all the time that the reality of it is the players who get better are those that can look in the mirror and admit to themselves, ‘I don’t do this well, I don’t do that well, and I need to work on it.’”

“How can we make you a better mover? How can we make you a more intentional mover? You’ve got to move with great intent to be a good shooter. I’m a big proponent of every step you take leading into that catch determines whether or not you’re going to make or miss that shot. If you’re not moving with great intent to that pass and you’re loose and floppy through your movements, it’s going to be hard to really flip a switch as soon as you catch it and get really tight and really get into your body and shoot that ball tight.”

“Being an intentional worker, being a process driven player, process over results while you’re getting better and spending some time, some mental reps on terminology and concepts, I think those are the things that are important to me when you’re not with us.”

“Our job is to instill comfort and confidence, and confidence comes from comfort. If we’re asking players to mechanically make adjustments to things that they’re physically not comfortable with, they’re never going to be confident. So, we’ve got to make sure we help players find their comfort zone with their own individual mechanics and then make the refinements we need to make to help them be more efficient and create repeatable mechanics. More important than having 100% correct mechanics is simply having repeatable mechanics.”

“The way I approach my role and what I do for them [players] in the offseason is I have to make them the best version of themselves so that they can operate in any system. I choose to not get team specific, number one, because I’m not in the building every day.”

“I operate off a base/progression model. We have a base set of drills that tell me if this player is ready to move to a more advanced version of this particular drill or do I have to take a regressed version of this drill, get them back to the base, and then start to advance.”

“Make sure that you’re adapting what you do to not only your players’ ability level, but also their personalities and who they are as a competitor. You can get lost in the drills and in the games and lose the overall goal of the day because . . kids get stuck worrying about losing a drill instead of understanding, ‘Okay, this is just part of my process. I’ve got to have a different approach.”

“Teaching players to move and relocate with purpose when they don’t have the basketball or when they give the basketball up immediately, to me, is a necessary skill that we just don’t work on enough well.”

“I tell our kids all the time, don’t play the scoreboard. You got to play every possession to get better. If we’re out here and there’s time on the clock, there’s the opportunity for us to get better at what we do. There’s an opportunity for you to get better individually, being more disciplined with what you’re doing. So don’t play the scoreboard.”

Brandon Payne Breakdown:

1:00 – Player Development Specialist
3:00 – Day in the Life
4:00 – Visiting Staff and Players
7:00 – Less is More
11:30 – Traditional and Cultural Norms
14:00 – Biological Individuality
16:30 – Making Adjustments
22:00 – His Values in Helping Players
23:30 – 24:42 – Hoopsalytics New AD
24:42 – Teaching Shooting
28:00 – Shooting Off The Dribble
32:00 – Specific Team Styles
35:00 – Adaptable
38:00 – Void of Competition
40:00 – Hardest Skill
43:30 – Metrics
45:00 – Be Better Coaches
51:00 – Conclusion

Brandon Payne Selected Links from the Podcast:

Brandon Payne

Stephen Curry

Chris Paul

Brandin Podziemski

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