Silky-smooth releases from the game’s premier snipers
Despite the successes of several pure shooters with less-than-perfect shooting forms, fans still appreciate and enjoy the aesthetic value of a picture-perfect jumpshot. There is a simple beauty to the textbook form being unfurled on shot after shot, as the sniper makes it rain from deep. This has led to much debate as to which NBA player owns the prettiest jumper in League history.
In this regard, many turn to the celebrated marksman Ray Allen, who made an art-form out of repetition. He was renowned for his dedication, turning up hours before every game to warm up. As a result, his shooting form was remarkably consistent, as he rose up and landed on the exact same spot on each of his shots while the ball followed the same trajectory each time.
Of course, many other shooters would be quick to challenge this claim. JJ Redick has a shot right out of the shooting handbook, with every body part exactly where they are supposed to be, while Kyle Korver has earned many fans for his incredible balance on catch-and-shoots off the curl and his astonishingly quick release. For some fans, athletic specimens such as JR Smith and Nate Robinson hit the mark, with a combination of elevation and body control making for a beautiful jumpshot.
With the different types of shooters in today’s game, there is no single definition of a nice shooting form. Some may value the pure efficiency of Klay Thompson’s release, with hardly a dribble necessary, while others prefer the triple-threat release of Carmelo Anthony in one-on-one situations with his realistic pump fakes and countermoves.
Beyond form, function still reigns supreme when it comes to shooting the ball. Although they may not be considered textbook releases in the traditional sense of the phrase, Stephen Curry’s ultra-quick release has forced defenders to play him tighter than they would prefer, while Kevin Durant’s high release point combines with his height and length to make for an unstoppable shot, like Dirk Nowitzki before him.