What is a Triple-Threat in Basketball?

In basketball, there are many jargons that need to be determined to understand this game. Thus, to understand the whole sport, it is crucial to know each piece of it.

Triple-Threat is one of the pieces of basketball, which you might have heard during the match. A triple-threat in basketball is also known as Triple-Threat Stance because it is one of the players’ positions while playing the game. 

This article would cover all aspects of the triple-threat position in basketball. Besides, I would give some tips and tactics to get into this posture and score enormously. So, let’s be clear about its precise definition.

Triple-Threat in Basketball

A triple-threat is the most basic position in basketball, especially for a ball-handler. In this position, the player has the option to do one of the three things, dribble, pass, or shoot the basketball.

However, a player can get into this posture by holding the ball in his two hands, and the direction of the ball should be in between his knee and shoulder.

Both of his elbows should be directed outwards, and the rest of his body would be used to protect the ball from the offensive player. A triple-threat position arises when the offender coughs up with the defender.

Thus both players should be in the ideal position, which I discussed above in which their knees would be bent, and the rest of the body is ready to move. Generally, in this position, the foot is positioned in front of the other foot to remain ready to move the body.

This posture is very usual in every basketball match in which the offensive player automatically goes into this stance right after they get the ball. This stance provides more options to the offender to settle up the defender. 

Besides, if the offender has dribbled the basketball, he must catch the ball from a rebound or pass and should have the court ahead of him. If all these requirements are being fulfilled, it means the player is in a triple-threat stance.

Triple-Threat Rule Gaps

The triple-threat stance is one the most stunning basketball positions, and every player cannot get into this posture appropriately: due to which many players leave some gaps in this rule.

However, the player must understand that if he has received the ball through passing and has not yet dribbled the ball, it doesn’t mean that he can get into this position.

Besides, if the player has faced his back towards the basket, he can dribble the ball, but again it won’t be a triple-threat because his body posture should be bent instead of straight.

Contrarily, a defensive player in a triple-threat position can pass the ball to his other team members, dribble the ball or break the lane. Notwithstanding, once the player has violated the lane, he would be no more in a triple-threat stance.

Once the player has dribbled the ball on the floor, passed it to another teammate, or shot it to the basket, you would be out of this stance. You can again have the opportunity to get back into this position if you again receive the ball from passing.

How Triple-Threat Rule Works?

To make this position work, the player must do loads of practice. Usually, what most players do is keep less focus on practice, due to which they are more likely to create gaps in this rule. However, when they get into a triple-threat stance, such players are less comfortable playing in this position accurately.

When the player holds the ball between his shoulder and knee, it becomes challenging for the defensive player to reach and get the ball.

Specifically, if the offender bends his elbow outside and uses all of his body as a ball-protector, it becomes harder for the defender to get through the ball.

When the player bends on his knees, he would be indicating that he is about to square up the basket, and he starts moving his body in a flow. Similarly, the player can change his direction by moving swiftly to dribble the ball effortlessly if he is not on his tiptoes.

Once the player has gone through all of these stances and moves, he would have successfully made the triple-threat stance. Therefore, all you need to do is a lot of practice and make every step wisely.

Tips to get into Triple-Threat Stance

To get into this position, the player must receive the ball from the pass. It is essential because double dribbling is forbidden in basketball. However, if you already dribbled the ball, you cannot get into a triple-threat posture. Hence, you must follow certain rules to get into this position.

  • You must receive the passing ball from both of your hands, and your hands should be in a forward direction of the ball.
  • Make an ideal square up angle towards the basket, and your upper body part should be in the right posture.
  • After receiving the ball, you must create a pivot foot. Although you cannot move with the ball in your hands, you can move one foot around the pivot foot.
  • Expand the elbow of your main hand outwards, which would indicate that you are about to dribble, pass, or shoot the ball.
  • At last, before making your next move, you have to trick your defender into making him move in one direction so that you could easily dribble, pass, or shoot the ball.

Final Thoughts

Once you have become good enough to get into a triple-threat stance, you would get three options: dribble, shoot or pass the ball, and you would have to pick any one of them according to the situation.

Moreover, while being in the triple-threat posture, if you face the basket, it would aid you enormously to see the whole court. It would also help you see the defender and identify his read his next move. Hence, you can trick your opponent and make your triple-threat successful.