Jump shot (basketball)

In basketball (and derivatives like netball), a jump shot is an attempt to score a basket by jumping, usually straight up, and in mid-jump, propelling the ball in an arc into the basket. It is accomplished by the player bringing his or her elbow up until it is aligned with the hoop, then sent towards the hoop in a high arc. It is considered the easiest shot to make from a distance. The purposes of the jump are to make it more difficult for the defender to block, and to put more power behind the shot. It is also usually accomplished with one hand by the NBA players. It is the most effective in open play but can prove to be hard when there is a taller player in front of you.

Ken Sailors, 1943 NCAA tournament most valuable player, is widely attributed as being the inventor of the jump shot offering his first in 1934. As a teen, Sailors played one on one against his older brother Bud who was a foot taller than him at the time. Kenny found his only alternative to having his shots blocked was to shoot while in mid air. [http://www.johnchristgau.com/jumpshot/jumpshot.html http://www.johnchristgau.com/jumpshot/jumpshot.html] .]
Joe Fulks is also credited as the early pioneer of the jump shot.The jump shot originated in the United States with players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the NBA's early days, most players attempted field goals with both feet planted on the ground, a technique now known as a "set shot". Paul Arizin, a Philadelphia Warriors player in the early 1950s, was the first to perfect the jump shot. [ [http://www.nba.com/history/players/arizin_bio.html Paul Arizin bio] . NBA.com. Accessed February 7, 2007.] Over time, many players starting copying his jump shot, and it has become the most prevalent technique for shooting from the field. Glen Roberts was the first person to put the "jump shot" in effect.

Today, the jump shot has many varieties, such as the "turnaround jumper" (facing away from the basket, then jumping and spinning towards it, shooting the ball in mid-air), the "fadeaway" (jumping "away" from the basket to create space) or the "leaning jumper" (jumping towards the basket to move away from a trailing defender).

Because a defender often has to jump to block a jump shot, an offensive player can try to get his defender in the air at the wrong time by using a pump fake.

Further reading

*cite book |title=The Origins of the Jump Shot |last=Christgau |first=John |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=1999 |publisher=University of Nebraska Press |location=Lincoln |isbn=0803263945 |pages=

To perform a perfect jump shot extend you're arms up into the air, keep your eyes on the backboard,jump in the air count approxamitly half of a second thn lung the ball at a medium sped towards the net.


External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/basketball/4183936.stm BBC Sport: The jump shot]
* [http://www.youth-basketball-tips.com/jump-shot.html How to Make the Jump Shot]

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