Nick Daniels

Nick Daniels has been involved in the game of basketball from a young age. A shooting specialist, he once finished 3rd in a state wide free throw shooting contest. Most recently, he coached a youth basketball team and continues to play weekly games of pickup hoops at his local YMCA. Nick started Hoops Fiend in 2013.

Nick Daniels

Looking for the Best Arcade Basketball Game?

Go head-to-head indoors with these quality arcade basketball hoops

Best Outdoor Basketballs for 2019: Performance Meets Durability

These basketballs can handle outdoor and indoor environments with ease

4 Best Basketball Training Aids

So, you have a basketball.  You have a basketball hoop. You have the newest kicks and the hottest ballin’ apparel around.  But your game is on life support.  If this is you, it is probably becoming apparent quickly that having the coolest gear is not enough to truly become a playground god.  No, you need …

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10 Best Basketball Shoes For Guards In 2019: Lightweight Kicks

If you are quick and shifty you need to cop a pair of these kicks

8 Best Pool Basketball Hoops for Fun In The Sun in 2019

  Nothing beats the summer; grilling and parties bring friends and family together.  If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard then it takes the party atmosphere to a whole new level. But you don’t want a pool just to swim laps do you?  Of course not, you need a few …

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10 Best Outdoor Basketball Shoes for 2019: Durable Kicks For Concrete

Rule the courts with these kicks

NBA Street Basketball

Spalding NBA Street Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating: Spalding NBA Street Basketball Bounce: 4.5/5 Grip: 4.5/5 Feel: 5/5 Durability: 4.5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 4.7/5 Main Features As of 6/2/15, the #1 Selling Basketball on Amazon Performance Rubber Cover that is Durable and Designed for Outdoor Play Has a Good Bounce Compared to Other Rubber Basketballs Comes in Three Different Sizes: Youth …

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Basketball Shooting Aids for a Highly Effective Practice Session

[adsenseyu4] Basketball is one of the most popular games played with great enthusiasm and spirit. The popularity of this professional-level game requires the availability of special basketball shooting aids to let the players gain more experience and learn skills to be efficient in playing this game. Different types of products are available in the market, …

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10 Best Rebounders In NBA History: From Wilt To The Worm

Everyone loves the scorers. Whether it’s the NBA or a high school game, most of the eyes in the gym are on the players who puts the ball in the basket. Still, we know how devastating it can be when a team secures two or three consecutive offensive rebounds. Or when your team can’t make …

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8 Exercises To Increase Your Vertical Jump

A lot of hoopers have dreams of throwing down a nasty dunk in front of an arena packed full of screaming fans.  There’s no doubt that there’s noting quite like a monster slam to get the crowd into a game and potentially swing momentum.  While there are a lot of awesome vertical jump training programs, …

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6 Best Indoor Basketballs in 2019 from Spalding to Wilson

Ready to take the game to the hardwood? Here is a list of the best indoor basketballs money can buy.

10 Best Shooters in NBA History: From Larry Legend to Miller Time

From modern hoopers to NBA legends, here are our picks for the best shooters in NBA history.

10 Best Basketball Songs Ever – Hoops In Your Headphones

Whether you’re warming up before the game or hooping with some background noise at the park, basketball and music are certainly connected. Just look at the popular 2K series. The last several years of the game have included a specially curated playlist to accompany your digital basketball dreams. But what about real life? From television …

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10 Best Basketball Movies Of All Time – Hoops and Hollywood

It’s true that basketball is almost like an art. Tune in to an NBA game with graceful passing and lights-out shooting and you might forget you’re watching a sport at all. Around March, Cinderella stories in the NCAA tournament remind us all how to root for the underdog. These scripts aren’t written by someone in …

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9 Best Portable Basketball Hoops of 2019: Options For Every Budget

Take your home court anywhere with a portable basketball hoop

5 Steps To Overcoming a Shooting Slump

We’ve all been there, one day you are lighting the nets on fire, and the next you couldn’t shot a basketball into an above ground pool.  Most of the time this is short-lived and next time you’re on the court you are back to your old self.  Unfortunately, there are times when an off day …

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I Love Basketball’s Can’t Be Guarded Program Review – Score At Will

ILB’s Can’t Be Guarded program promises to increase your scoring average, but does it deliver?

5 Essential Ankle Breaking Basketball Moves

These are mandatory moves for your game

Five Best Basketball Ankle Braces

Hey we’ve all been there. You make a move during a game of basketball and because of some unfortunate event your ankle snaps faster than cheap ply wood.  A rolled ankle is nothing to mess with and it is important that if you have a history of ankle rolls that you protect your ankle with …

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ECOACH Basketball App Review – A Unique Training Experience

ECoach brings together the best NBA coaches to teach you the game. Does it live up to the hype?

10 Best In-Ground Basketball Hoops of 2019: Bringing the Game Home

Bring gym quality hoops to your home

B.O.B Review: SKLZ Shoot-Around Basketball Return Trainer

At Hoops Fiend we work hard to provide the best reviews on basketball products and tips that you can use to improve your game.  Often, these tips revolve around shooting and how to be consistent with your technique.  So, we are always excited when we find basketball-related products the hone in on making you a …

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Smarter Basketball Player System Review – Raise Your Basketball IQ

How The Smarter Basketball Player System Will Transform Your Game

The Vert Shock Program: An Honest Review

Where To Buy: Find The Best Price Pros: Layout of the program is easy to follow and understand The exercises in the Vert Shock program can be done in the comfort of your own home with minimal gym equipment required  Plyometric exercises are a mainstay for building functional strength Videos are up to date and …

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Which NBA team has the easiest schedule in February?

With almost one third of the NBA season over, the Golden State Warriors are once again at the top of the Western Conference Standings and are the hands down favorites to win it all. Even though the Denver Nuggets are not far behind the Dubs in the NBA standings, the Warriors have an easy schedule …

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Stephen Curry’s Masterclass Review

Learn hoops from the best shooter in the game

The 50 Best Basketball Quotes

Basketball has a history of great personalities.  Whether they are universally beloved (Michael Jordan) or controversial (Bobby Knight), great basketball minds have a way of putting the game of basketball in simple terms that we all can understand and relate to.  By reading these basketball quotes you can gain perspective and even learn how to …

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Pop-A-Shot Basketball Arcade Review

Pop-A-Shot: The Inventors of Arcade Basketball I’ve reviewed many basketball arcade games for this website, which led me to compile my top picks for best basketball arcade games. The truth is that I’ve been overall disappointed with the quality of arcade basketball games that I received to review.  Many of these basketball arcade games had …

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Cyber Monday Basketball Deals: Updated 2019

Here we have listed all the great basketball related Cyber Monday deals available on Amazon and Wal-Mart! Scroll to the bottom of the page for deals from other retailers including Eastbay, Homage, Foot Locker, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and others! Amazon Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-The-Door Mini Basketball Hoop – 53% Off Wilson Tournament Game Basketball …

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Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals For Basketball

1. Homage Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 30% Off Everything   2. Dick’s Sporting Goods Cyber Week Deals   3. NBA Store Black Friday: 30% Everything at NBA Store With Promo Code “HYPE” – Ends 11/24   Cyber Monday: 30% Off All Orders with code “SLAMDUNK” – Ends 11/26   4. Eastbay Black Friday: 20% off …

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Best Basketball Shoes For Flat Feet – 10 Picks

Calling All Flat Footed Hoopers Flat-footed: it’s practically a stigma at this point—people view it as a disability—some kind of “limitation.” But nothing could be further from the truth—especially on the court, where what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. And with the aid of a great pair of basketball shoes that work best …

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The Four Best Vertical Jump Training Programs of 2019

Whether you’re trying to dunk or become a better finisher at the rim, these program will help you get there.

Best Basketball Shoes For Ankle Support – 10 Picks

  It’s the Achilles heel—the catalyst that can bring down your entire game. There’s a reason the most elite-level basketball shoes brands invest millions into researching ankle support technology. High-top designs provide greater support with reduced flexibility, though in recent years the game has changed with more accommodating designs. Gone are the days of settling …

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Spalding NBA Player Kevin Durant Basketball Review

Hoops Fiend Rating Bounce:      [usr 3.5] Grip:           [usr 4] Style:          [usr 4] Durability: [usr 4] Value:        [usr 4] Overall:   [usr 4.35] Key Features Official NBA size, 29.5 inches Features NBA player graphic of Kevin Durant Painted in Golden State Warriors colors …

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Under Armour Stephen Curry Basketball Review

Full Review Background Under Armour started as a small sports apparel brand and has grown into the ranks as one of the leading sports equipment corporations in the United States. They now sponsor premier athletes such as Stephen Curry, Cam Newton, and Jordan Spieth. With this expansion Under Armour has grown its product lines into …

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The Jump Manual: An In Depth Review

Most of my basketball idols growing up were high flying athletic freaks like Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, and Kobe. Watching them throw done nasty dunks inspired late night dreams of myself doing the same in front of thousands in packed arenas. The unfortunate truth is that most of us will never be tall enough or …

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Best Basketball Training Programs of 2019 to Improve Your Game

Want to take your game to the next level? We’ve got a basketball program that will get you there.

Between the Legs Dribble: Move of the Month

As the game of basketball has progressed, the difficulty and the variety of offensive moves has increased.  There was a time when a between the legs dribble was revolutionary.  Now it is something you see all the time. The first time a player dribbled between their legs in a game the spectators heads probably exploded. …

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August Move of the Month: Fadeaway Jumper

Another month closer to the start of the basketball season means it is time to really dig deep in your off season training so that when your big moment comes you can shine. In August’s version of Move of the Month, we are going to break down one of the most used mid range shots: …

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June Move of the Month: Floater

Welcome to our June edition of our Move of the Month series.  Today I want to discuss and shot that has become more popular over the years due to it being used frequently by shorter less explosive players.  The shot I am talking about is the floater, also known as the runner or tear-drop. You …

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The Crossover Dribble: May Move of the Month

Well we took a couple months off from our move of the month segment due to other commitments, but we are back for May!  Today we are going to deep dive into one of the most fundamental dribbling moves used in basketball; the crossover. While discussing the crossover may seem boring to some, remember that …

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RAMgoal Indoor Mini Basketball Hoop Review

Where To Buy: Find The Best Price Pros: The RAMgoal takes the mini basketball hoop experience to an impressive new level The breakaway rim does offer enhanced durability Acrylic glass backboards have better performance than cheap plywood and are shatter resistant Cons: Hoop still bounces more on shots than we would like Small base may …

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Hot Take: Dunks Should Be Worth 3 Points

As you may have noticed from previous articles I have an unhealthy fascination with the three point line and how it has changed the game within the last 10 years in dramatic ways.  Most of this romantic obsession is due to my tendency to be drawn to analytics. The enhanced focus of the three point line …

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Vert Shock Challenge: Week 2

Well, I’m gonna make this brief.  I’m not going to finish the Vert Shock program.  I know you must be disappointed!  The truth is I’m disappointed too, but this is just not the right time to complete this program. Unfortunately, life has gotten a little crazy and working on my vertical jump is just not …

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February Move of the Month: Behind the Back Dribble

Back for another installment of move of the month, where we breakdown the steps to doing a basketball move.  This month we are taking a closer look at the behind the back dribble.  We’ve already featured the behind the back dribble in our five essential basketball moves article. When To Use The Behind the Back …

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Vert Shock Challenge: Week 1

I’m a Little Older for Vert Shock Here we go guys, my first installment of the Vert Shock Challenge.  Today I wrapped up the Pre-Shock phase of the Vert Shock program.  If you are unfamiliar with how the Vert Shock program is structured then I recommend you check out my detailed review here. At 31 …

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Why Passing is The Most Beautiful Part of Basketball

There’s More to The Game Than Scoring When you watch a basketball game on television the focus too often is on scoring and who has the highest ppg.  The truth is that scoring is only one aspect of a very complex and unique sport that is basketball.  By focusing too solely on this one part …

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BoB Move of the Month: Pump-Fake

We hope that all the bestoutdoorbasketball.net visitors have had a happy holiday season and 2016 treated them well.  Here’s to looking forward to what 2017 has in store.  Today we are excited to bring you our second installment of bestoutdoorbasketball.net’s move of the month.  If you missed our first move of the month article check …

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Three Basketball Products You Don’t Need

If you visit Hoops Fiend on a regular basis then you know we enjoy to test and review all products basketball.  Our goal is to only recommend products that we feel are high quality and can help you get better at the game of basketball.  However, today we are going to do something a little …

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BoB Move of the Month: Step Back Jumper

We’re going to try something new here at Hoops Fiend.  Each month we will give you a new basketball move to add to your offensive arsenal.  If you’ve visited our site before you know that we have several cool articles with tips on how to improve your game. The move of the month for December is …

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