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How do i become a NBA player

I am a 9th grader that wants to become the greatest basketball player of all time. I have been playing for 5 years and i believe that i can get to a professional level. #basketball #athlete #GOAT #professional-sports

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Dr. Aisha Wright’s Answer

It is wonderful that you have the first thing any aspiring athlete needs - belief in ones own abilities. While I am not played professional sports I think these tips might come in handy:

1. Compare your stats with other pro athletes when they were your age - ask your self how do you compare? Where do you need to improve?

2. Seek feedback from others about your performance on and off the court. The earlier you get comfortable with this the better :)

3. You know stats, exposure and scouts for team play a key role in the future of players no matter the sport - understand all of these roles.

4. This may be harder but try to find a mentor - someone that works as a coach or in the league or adjacent businesses/roles (refs, general managers,etc).

5. If you've seen the recent Jordan documentary you already know - dedication and practice to your game and others you play with can be crucial to your success. Jordan was not a great player when he began playing - he worked hard at developing his skills

6. Have a plan B - Athletes get inured (even though we hope you don't) and in case you aren't able to play ball, don't get caught flat footed with nothing to fall back on - like a college degree. Having a plan B doesn't mean you aren't dedicated - its means you're being smart and planning for the unexpected.

7. Continue to believe in your self and surround yourself with people that value you for who you are and not what you do for them. Your village should not only build you up BUT also provide you with HONEST and TRUSTWORTHY advice that in YOUR best interests.

8. Remember there the NBA and there are leagues overseas - don't count them out.

I hope these are helpful and best of luck to you in your journey!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for your advice it was really helpful especially number 6 and number 1. Tyler
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Kiirsten’s Answer

Hi Tyler!

By the looks of your question and statement, you've got a fire inside of you-- and that plays a big part in every profession, not just athletics.

Dr. Wright's recommendations are spot on-- I would just add for the time being if you can, study up on some techniques and study the game by reading, watching YouTube videos, etc. Gain that full understanding of rules to just add to your arsenal of skills knowledge that you may possess. While you're still in high school, try out for your basketball team-- if your school doesn't have a team, does your community? Practice makes perfect, and even though you've been playing for 5 years already-- you can never practice enough. I'd also recommend that you stay humble-- I don't know you and you could be extremely talented, but don't let that talent go to your head-- I've found it beneficial that when I was good at something, I would teach my younger brother what I was doing-- this helped him gain confidence in his abilities and helped me learn about myself.

I look forward to seeing you play one day!
Thank you comment icon Thank you very much it was very inspiring. :) Tyler
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Waleed’s Answer

1. Try out for an AAU team that competes in the summer circuits sponsored by the major shoe brands (Under Armor, Nike, Adidas, etc.).
2. Compete in basketball camps (NY2LA, Pangos, etc.).
3. Train daily (basketball workouts, weightlifting, speed and agility exercises, etc.).
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Gary’s Answer

To become a professional, many experts emphasize that it comes with long periods of deliberate and scheduled practice. Many people believe you need a minimum of 10,000 hours and/or 10 years experience of deliberate practices. So keep playing as much as you can. That's a lot of practice.

Hope to see you in the pros...





Thank you comment icon Thank you very much. Tyler
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Lakota Cree’s Answer

Work hard, be strong, ignore opinions, and pray to God.

Without god, you can't do anything. Good luck tyler
Thank you comment icon Thank you very much. Tyler
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