The ugliest jumpers in the game

There’s nothing prettier in basketball then a smooth jump shot. James Jones, Kyle Korver, Carmelo Anthony have some of the smoothest J’s in the league. When you watch them shoot you pretty much say to yourself “Yep, that’s in” every time.

Then there’s those jump shots where you just cringe and possibly yell various obscenities. At the same time, most of these guys make their 3’s. Many of them are even known for their lights out shooting.  In honor of the 3 point contest this weekend, here are 5 people with the ugliest jumpers in the league.

Derek Fisher

Lefty-shooters all have similar forms.  Body pointing to the right side, release point just above the head, usually more of a set shot then an actual jump shot. Derek Fisher takes it to a whole new level. At release point, he pulls the ball so down to his shoulder like a sling shot. It looks as if he’s doing triceps extensions with the basketball.  It’s hard to complain too much though, D-Fish has been one of the most clutch shooters in postseason history.

Rashard Lewis

To be fair, Rashard Lewis is 6’10. That can mess with any form right there. But being as Lewis loves to stand behind the 3 point line and put up the treys, it’s okay to say that that his jumper is just ugly!

He almost shoots the ball coming down, a cardinal sin, and his arms are so extended to the top that he just flicks the ball in. Not to mention just before he shoots, he has a hitch. A smooth jumper will have everything flowing at the same time. Lewis’ shot is in steps; legs, arms then release.

Matt Bonner

Matt Bonner aka “The Red Rocket” can flat out shoot the ball. It seems like every time I watch him shoot he hits nothing but net. Still, it has to be said, his form belongs in the WNBA. There is nothing manly about that J. He’s slightly hunched over, brings the ball up and then pushes it into a rainbow arc. Nothing wrong with the arc, in fact, it’s probably one of the best in the game. Regardless of the result Bonner’s set/push shot is ugly.

Kevin Martin

Type in Kevin Martin shooting form on YouTube and the second video down says unorthodox. That’s exactly what his form looks like. Martin brings the ball across his chest and then releases away from his body. Before he even brings it up to that point he has a hitch on his hip too. That’s exactly what you shouldn’t be doing. Again, you can’t deny the result, but every shooting coach teaches that you should release the ball up not out from you.  None of these are in the basketball textbook for shooting form.

Shawn Marion

Let’s be honest, who didn’t see this coming. It’s a two-handed shot from the chest, there’s not much uglier. Every kid when they were younger shot like this because there was no other form that could reach the hoop. Problem is, Marion’s a grown man! You only have to use one hand now, Shawn! When he goes up to shoot I’m never sure if he’s going to pass or actually shoot it (Maybe he doesn’t even know). Nike even made this commercial mocking his j, but, just as he does in the NBA, the Matrix showed them he doesn’t need good form to be an effective player.

These guys have some ugly jumpers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t wet the trey. If I wanted to include the absolute ugliest jumper in the game I would have picked this guy:

When he shoots all I can say is, “It’s a twister, it’s a twister!”





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