Basketball 101: The Triple-Threat Position

The triple-threat position can be the foundation to being an aggressive and effective offensive basketball player.

December 13, 2018

A lot of basketball players might think offense comes down to your shot, your hops and your speed. But to find success on offense, it can all start with your offensive stance.

The triple-threat position can have you ready to shoot, pass or dribble the ball.

“The triple threat, or “triple attack” as some coaches like to call it, is a position that every player must master every time they catch the ball to be an aggressive, effective offensive player,” former college basketball player Kristin Ronai says.


To get into the triple-threat position:

  • Have the ball between your shoulder and your knee with your elbow behind the ball.
  • Your off-hand should be on the ball to help secure and protect it from the defender. This also will allow you to quickly change hands with the ball.
  • Your knees should be bent with your back straight and eyes up.
  • Your weight should be slightly on the ball of your feet, not on your heels.

“Within the triple-threat position, it’s a mindset,” Ronai says. “If you don’t look to shoot when you are in this position, it takes away that aspect of the triple threat. So, you need to make sure you are ready for all three options when you are in this position.”

While the triple-threat position can help you find success, sometimes you’ll need some help from your teammates. A down screen can help get you open to make the game-deciding shot.