As a young basketball player, having a role model to pattern your game after helps a lot. It allows you to have a blueprint to follow for success. Ideally, choose a player that has the specific skills that you want to develop. If you want to become an elite shooter, certain players’ shooting stroke and work ethic are worth mimicking.
If you want to follow a textbook shot, Ray Allen is the perfect model. He squares his feet with the right ratio of hand-elbow and ball motion, and a sweet follow through all in one go. He is likely to make the three-point shot at a 50% or more clip when left wide open. It doesn’t matter if he is coming off a screen, pick and roll, off the dribble or off a pass, he’d still shoot his jump shot perfectly.
A basketball camp for high school boys would point out Klay Thompson as one of those to follow when it comes to shooting form. His picture perfect jump shot follows all the rules when it comes to setting up and releasing. It comes as no surprise that he fits perfectly with the high-powered offense of the Golden State Warriors.
Steph Curry is one of the greatest shooters of all time, even before his career ends. Record-setting display of shooting prowess and unbelievable shot-making from beyond the arc has defenses bending to his will. His silky smooth jump shot and quick release make him almost impossible to guard even when double teams come his way. His lanky frame also makes one say, “I can be just like that guy if I practice my shot.”
For big men who want to succeed as a shooter, there’s no other player to emulate other than Dirk Nowitzki. The German finally became a champion and has defied Father Time with his long career and consistent statistics. His smooth and accurate shot makes him not only the best big man shooter, but also one of the best all time.
Kobe Bryant’s fadeaways and off balance shots may get highlights, but the players listed above shoot at a more efficient and proficient rate. Emulating their stroke and work ethic enables you to become a good shooter.