Do you remember Kevin Durant's first NBA (summer league 2007) game? It was a 66 – 77 loss for the Seattle Supersonics (against the Dallas Mavericks), in which the 2007 # 2 Draft Pick scored 18 points in 29 minutes, but only shot 5 of 17 from the field.
The forward missed his first five shots of the game (two layup's, two jumpers and a hook shot), but displayed some good moves in the process including a nice spin move on the block. His sixth shot, a turnaround jumper from the right corner, hit nothing but net. Durant hit his stride in the second quarter (0-5 FG, 0 points in first quarter), hitting for 13 points (3-8 FG, 7-8 FT).
Besides, his first shot was blocked out of bounds by Dallas Mavericks Center Desagana Diop.
"Everybody gets their shot blocked, it's the NBA," Durant said of the block. "I can not get down on myself because he (Diop) blocked it. I thought I had the clear layup but he came over and blocked it."
But do not be fooled, Kevin Durant can jump. In fact, he has a 33-inch vertical! But the interesting fact here is the skinny forward (only 215 lbs. At 6'9 '') has never worked out with weights to increase his vertical jump. By using weights you can get bulky and lose speed and flexibility real fast. But that's what Durant's game is all about.
So, what are the exercises he used to improve his vertical?
1) Jump rope:
This is a must-do! Almost every NBA player uses this "old" exercise. Jumping rope is a great way to build stamina, and work on your leg strength. In addition, it builds jumping ability (explosiveness, calf strength, etc.).
2) Explosive leaps:
One-legged jumps: leap as high as possible off of one foot, then come down and immediately leap as high as possible off the other leg. Repeat this for 10 to 15 jumps.
Two-legged leaps: squat down so you are in the triple threat position. Now explode up and off the ground as if you are reaching for a rebound. Come down, gather yourself for a second or two, then leap up again, as high as possible. Do this 8 to 10 times.
3) Run stairs:
Running stairs can really help your vertical leap because it build stamina, leg strength, and when done right, explosiveness. To work on explosiveness, use "bounding" movements. In other words, do not just get from one step the the next, but really leap and bound up from one step to the next.
These are just some of the exercises that help to increase your vertical real fast.
For the rest of the exercises and crucial things to know about vertical jump (fe why often what you "do not" do is more important then what you "do" do) please take a look at: