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Obviously Shot skills are very important, since they are what will allow you to score points and win matches. However, don't let yourself get carried away by the showmanship of great shooters. For your team to be successful in the long run it will need to be balanced in various aspects of the game. Although it is important to have one or two capable shooters, you shouldn't forget the importance of other aspects of the game, such as a high rating in rebounds, speed or stamina, which are equally as important.
Represents the accuracy and concentration capacity of the players when it comes to performing a free throw. Free throws are not yet implemented, but this skill will be the one that determines the ability to perform a free throw successfully.
Represents the accuracy of the players in 2-point shots. When they shoot from inside the 2-point area the players use this skill.
Represents the accuracy of the players in 3-point shots. When they shoot from the 3-point area the players use this skill.
Offensive skills are the ones which help you to reach the basket of the opposing team and push your way through their defense when you have possession of the ball. The players in charge of moving the ball and starting plays (like the Point Guards) are the ones who will make the most use of skills such as Pass, whilst you can easily see the usefulness of a Center or Power Forward with high points in Offensive rebound or Aggressiveness.
It is a measurement of the physical presence of your players and their ability to intimidate or overcome their rivals through force. When a player tries to do a lay up, use this skill to determine if he will be able to open the path. It is also more difficult to perform a block on a player with high aggressiveness. On the other hand, high points in Aggressiveness will convert your player in a foul-committing machine.
It is a measurement of the agility and ingenuity of your players when they have possession of the ball. It is used to dodge the rivals in lay ups, in a more subtle way than Aggressiveness. It also hinders your opponents' attempts to steal.
It is a measurement of accuracy and the probability of success of your players' passes. When your players perform a pass they use this skill. If your player has a low rating in Pass, it will be hard for your player to make medium and long distance passes. Try to do short passes with these players. Especially if they are tired!
This skill is the ability of your players to gain possession of the ball after a failed shot when your team is attacking.
Although the defense game is often less valued by inexperienced trainers, this is a serious error. A high rating in defensive skills can turn your team into a true champion. Players with high ratings in Steal and Block can be a real nuisance to your rivals if they are used appropriately, whilst a good Defensive Rebound rating allows you to take advantage of any failed shots by your opponents in a lethal counter-attack. A good Defense rating, although it has a more passive effect, is no less important, since any errors of the rival shooters will largely be due to the Defense of your players. Try to hassle opponent shooters with your players who have high defensive ratings.
This skill represents the capacity of your players to gain control of the ball after a failed shot when your team is defending.
Represents the ability of your players to steal the ball from an opponent. When one of your players tries to steal the ball from an opponent, the higher his Steal and the lower the Dribbling of the opponent, the more likely he will be to succeed.
Determines the ability of your players to block the opponent when he is preparing to shoot. When you try to block, the higher your player's Block and the lower the opponent's Aggressiveness, the more likely you will be to succeed.
It is a measurement of how good your players are in defensive play. The higher your player's points in Defense, the harder it will be for opponents nearby to perform shots. The more players you place around a shooter, the more difficulties he will have to make it through the Defense. To make an opponent fail a Pass, you can also hassle him with high Defense players.
General skills are very important because they affect all aspects of the game. Speed and Sprint are very important because they determine how fast a player can get to any area of the court, and if he can evade the opponents pursuing him. They also help you in the outcome of your lay ups. On the other hand, Stamina is fundamental for ensuring your players give their best performance during matches, and players with low Stamina should be substituted regularly. Finally, Teamwork affects all of the other skills, so you should carefully consider if you prefer to sign-up very good individual players, or alternatively players who are less spectacular but good at playing in a team.
As your players compete they become tired, which negatively affects their actions and speed. The Stamina of your players determines how much they tire: the higher their Stamina the less fatigue they will suffer, and the quicker they will recover when they are on the bench.
It indicates the speed with which players move around the court. Additionally, speed can increase your efficiency in lay ups which do not end in a slam dunk.
Your speed moving around the court can be increased by sprinting, which causes extra fatigue to the player. The Sprint skill represents how much a player can increase his speed when he sprints. Additionally, Sprint can increase your efficiency in lay ups which do not end in a slam dunk.
Represents the coordination a player has with his team-mates, as well as his vision of the game. It is the most abstract skill because it is not used individually, but instead takes into account the whole team: a team with a high Teamwork rating will perform better in all aspects and will tire less, whilst a team with low Teamwork will have a lower performance and will tire quicker.