Advanced Basketball Shooting Techniques - Take Your Shot to Another Level

Scritto da: Chris Hungerford

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Tempo di lettura 9 min

As the modern basketball is evolving, the demand for a better jump shot is getting bigger. As the basketball player progresses in his development, and his game translates to better basketball leagues, everything starts to become harder and harder. There is a moment in every player's career when he realizes that the basics are not enough and that there is a real need for an upgrade. One of the biggest changes that basketball players experience is a difference in time and space needed for taking a jump shot, and the only thing that can help them is advanced basketball training. The major league jump shot needs to be quicker and it`s often taken in a contact, or after one.


For this occasion, we are going to analyze some of the best shooters and their not-so-easy shots. We are going to break down each and every one of these plays so you can notice the little things that are making crucial changes for those professional players. As a final result, our goal is that you as a coach will know exactly what to focus on while preparing the drills for the training.

  • BETWEEN THE LEGS JUMP SHOT

We will start with the jump shot that Michael Jordan made over Larry Bird, while dribbling the ball through the legs several times.


We are going to start with the preparation move, the inside-out dribble that Jordan did, with the intent to make a dribble penetration to the right side.  

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After Jordan was denied a path to the basket, and after that defensive dribbling move, 99% of the players would either dribble to the outside of the corner and make a pass to the open man. But not Michael. Instead of going for the "logical" move, he went into another set of dribbles.


Two consecutive dribbles through the legs done by Jordan were enough to provoke Larry to change their stance and to go and try to steal the ball from him.


 

Here we see that Bird is in a bad position with legs spread wider than normal. From this position, it is hard to react fast because the defender is off balance.
 


This is a decisive moment. In the moment Larry went for a steal, he opened a path towards the paint. Jordan saw this and took a hard step and attacked Larry`s right side.



While trying to reconnect on defense, Larry is taking two hard steps, and Jordan is going for the jump shot because he knows that it is hard for the defender to stop in this situation. The quality of the vertical jump that MJ had helped a lot.

If you ask me, this is a perfect example of Read and React Basketball. Jordan was patient, he was concentrated and in the end, he ended up with a solid position for a jump shot. The move that made the difference was Bird`s steal attempt and Jordan`s just one dribble pull up.

 

Coach Trey from Hoopsking.com, a development coach who works with Buddy Hield from Sacramento Kings and Avery Bradley from Los Angeles Clippers, is going to help us go through the details once again.


  • SPIN MOVE JUMP SHOT

The next move that we are going to look at is a fade-away shot that followed one of the best spin moves that I saw in my life. Paul Pierce is a man responsible for the creation of this great jump shot.


Before we start to break down this shot, we have to be aware that Pierce was never a fast or athletic player. If you read my article, 6 Ways to Dominate your Defender in One-on-One Basketball, where I tried to classify players by their art of scoring, I would put Pierce in that Counter Type category, emphasizing that Paul always knew where the defense is, what are their intentions were and where he wants to be in those situations.

 

In this picture, we see that Pierce can`t outrun his defender. The other thing that we need to notice is the other two defenders that are in the paint area, both protecting the drive penetration line. We can also see that Paul`s head is up high and that he sees that he can`t get to the rim by going this way. The notables are:

  1. Pierce is starting to lean toward his direct defender

  2. He is making a contact with his offhand so he can push off a bit off of his defender.


One of the Paul`s biggest qualities was his possibility to make a full stop in just one step, and all that from running at full speed. In this picture, we can see how he stops, how he lowers the center of gravity by almost doing a full crunch, and by doing this he is creating some space for his next move. We can also see how he bumped a bit his defender and how the man guarding him has lost his composure because of that bump. The feet are aligned perfectly, at 45 degrees, from where he can do a spin move to his right. If he stopped with the flat feet, the only thing he could do was take a jump shot. 

Take a quick look at where the ball is the moment before the spin starts. That dribble needs to be hard off the floor, and positioned slightly behind the right leg (in this situation), because in the act of spinning if the ball is in front of the leg or it bounces soft off the wood, the player will not be able to pick it up while rolling to the other side.

In this picture the focus is on the footwork. That first step needs to be really wide, because the wider it is the space created for the next move is bigger. Second thing that is very important is that the step needs to be absorbed with the heal, just to give you that spin ability afterwards.

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Let us see what Coach Trey has to say about this kind of advanced offensive move. Keep track of the details because only by knowing what is the important stuff you will know what to use for your drills.


  • FADEAWAY JUMP SHOT

Our next move to study is a fadeaway shot. This particular move is used to create space between the defender by jumping backwards while taking a shot. As there are many players that mastered the art of shooting the ball while fading, but for this session we will analyze one of the Dwyane Wade`s jumpers. As always, we will start with the preparation.




 

Here, we can see that Wade is posting up his defender. What is interesting is the fact that the defender has no physical contact with the man that he is guarding even though he is dangerously close to the paint area.

 

This is something that Dwyane notices too, and based on that knowledge he is planning his next move.

 

Take a look at his left leg. The preparation move will be the step to the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The key points of setting up the jump shot are:

  1. Violet Pointer: Change from High Stance Dribble to Low Stance Dribble - this move will alert the defender to get lower in his own stance

  2. Yellow Pointer: The left leg is attacking the paint so the defender will have to follow

  3. Red Pointer: The Right Leg is set for the spin move that will create separation

  4. Green Pointer: The left leg will follow in rotation, and it will be the main jump creator

  5. Blue: Pointer: The ball is kept far from the defender.

 

 

 

 

Here we can see the space created between the Wade and the defensive player, and a wide stance from which the shot will be taken.

 

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One of the most important things while taking any shot is the form of the body. Wade is rotating his shoulders in a way to face the basket as much as he can.

As this is not the article about shooting form, and you want to read about it more, just click on these next links and they will lead you to our articles about shooting:

 

One of the most important things while taking any shot is a form of the body. Wade is rotating his shoulders in a way to face the basket as much as he can.

As this is not the article about shooting form, and you want to read about it more, just click on these next links and they will lead you to our articles about shooting:


Coach Tray will walk us through the video step by step and point out the important stuff.


  • JAB STEP JUMP SHOT

The ultimate master of the Jab Step jump shot is Carmelo Anthony. Coach Phil Jackson, the Zen Master, called this shot the single hardest move in basketball. If the defender is tight on you, you will choose a side that you are going to attack, you are going to attack with the crossstep and take just one dribble, bump a man guarding you, lean away from D, and take a shot. This is hard stuff. This is an advanced basketball offensive move that needs a lot of practice. Let's see how Melo is using this move.

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After the shoulder-check, Melo is stepping away from the defender and making space for the jump shot. Red Line represents the movement of the defender after the bump, and the Yellow pointers are showing how Melo was aware of the situation and how he created space in only undefended space on the floor.

 

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Let us see what Coach Trey has to say about Melo`s jab step jumper. The shot it self is not important as the careful planing and the court vision shown by this grate player.

Let us see what Coach Trey has to say about Melo`s jab step jumper. The shot it self is not important as the careful planing and the court vision shown by this grate player.


The most important thing about using advanced basketball offensive moves is self awareness. There needs to be the correlation between the wishes and the possibility, otherwise the move will end in disaster. Advanced basketball shot techniques demand detail and hard work, understanding of every situation on the court and every outcome. There are not many players out there capable of using advance shot techniques, and the ones that can are legit superstars.


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