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Anthony Morrow Jump Shot Analysis

There’s a reason that Anthony Morrow’s jump shot is so deadly. He has nice distance above the ground to avoid blocks. Morrow shoots a good distance above his head so that he has a clear view of the basket and bends his arms enough to produce an arc on his jumper. Morrow also grazes the ball with his left hand in order to produce enough spin on the ball so that it has a higher chance of rimming in. All these factors combined result in a deadly jumper.

Morrow’s distance above the ground on his jump shots is a key factor in why it is so good. This allows him to shoot over larger defenders and generate power from his knees. Then there is the distance the ball is above his head when he shoots. He gets the ball high so he can see the basket well. Morrow also bends his arms so he can produce a rainbow delivery which has a higher chance of going in than a line drive. Morrow is also able to generate spin on the ball by grazing it with his left hand. Spin makes it so that the ball has a chance of going in when it makes contact with the rim.

There is a reason that Morrow is one of the best pure shooters in the NBA. He has the highest 3 point shooting percentage in history and amazing form in his jump shot. Morrow is a constant target for double teams and reasonably so.

The Emphasis of Luck

People often underestimate how much of a factor luck plays in success, especially in the NBA. Virtually everything that an NBA player does involves luck to an extent. Shooting is one of the critical acts that an NBA player performs, and it is almost entirely based on luck. Dribbling involves luck to an extent too. In order to excute trick moves and cross overs, luck is neccessary. Then there is one of the more obvious aspects of the NBA that require luck, game winners. Luck is crucial and in order to become a great NBA player, an abundance of it must be present.

There is the jump shot which requires the most luck. Regardless of much a player practices, they most likely will not be able to perfect their muscle coordination so that the ball always goes in the net. A player can spend endless hours practicing the jump shot and still go 0-10 any given night if they’re not lucky. Not everyone is always lucky which is why we don’t see many spot up shooters in the all star game. There are obviously many other things that play a part in a jump shot including set up time, wrist rotation and countless others but come on do you really think that a player is thinking about all that in the split second that they have to shoot? It also depends if the jump shot is contested or not. A contested jump shot is 80-90% luck while an open one is around 30-50% luck. When a player shoots an open jumper, they have time to think about all the things that they should do for the shot to go in. They have adequete time to set up, and can release the ball without worry that it will get blocked. When a player is contested though, it is much harder. There is no time at all to set up, a pump fake or fadeaway is sometimes neccessary to even get the shot up and no clear view of the location of the basket is guaranteed. Which often leads to what you see here.

 

Next there is dribbling or in particular dribbling moves like crossovers. In order to crossover well, you need the man who is guarding you to go one way while you dribble the opposite direction. You need to count on the person that you’re guarding to go a certain way which is luck. It can either work perfectly on a lucky day or not so perfect on an unlucky day.

Next there are game winners. You can’t practice a game winning shot, it’s all luck like here.

Luck is a crucial part of the NBA, it is involved in many aspects of the game. An unlucky player is a horrible one, an example being Travis Outlaw of the New Jersey Nets. A lucky player is usually great, an example being Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. There are ways around luck like driving and playing good defense but 50% of basketball is luck and the other 50% is hard work. Both parts are critical and present in an NBA superstar

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