Somewhere along the way, someone taught Shawn Marion how to shoot. It ended up looking like this.

Not exactly the poster-child for shooting mechanics, but very fun to replicate in a game of H.O.R.S.E. Nothing taken away from”The Matrix,” he was a highly decorated pro. Marion played 16 seasons amassed over 17,000 points, won a ring with the Dallas Mavericks, and made 4 All-Star appearances. Not bad for someone I’m labeling as the ‘What Went Wrong Here’ when it comes to shooting form.

The real question is how important is shooting mechanics? Marion made it work. Seems to be on the opposite end of the spectrum for Markelle Fultz.

Do you change a player’s form if you perceive it to be inefficient? Or, do you try to create consistency within the framework of their habits that have already been developed?

Let’s take a look at a couple shooting philosophies that you may or may not have already heard:



NBA Shooting Coach Dave Love has been an interesting follow for me as of late. Creating a simplistic version – albeit embracing the mundane in his approach – to replicating the purest imitation of a Klay Thompson jump shot.


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