Chip Engelland is the shooting doctor for the San Antonio Spurs. He transformed Tony Parker’s jump shot so that defenders would no longer disrespect it and go under screens, he made Tiago Splitter into a decent free throw shooter, and he made Kawhi Leonard release the ball higher on his 3-point shot, which was the weakest aspect of his game coming out of college.
However, shooting coaches are still a rare breed in the NBA. By the time most players are in the NBA, they are scared to mess with their jump shots in any way. One little tweak, one small mechanical error, and one re-positioning of the pinky finger could make or break your jump shot. It is no wonder no player wants to alter their shots in any way.
But what many NBA players could have used early on in their childhood was a shooting doctor. Basketball mechanics and learned tendencies happen at an early age, in particular a player’s shooting form. When kids play basketball at an early age, the heaviness of the ball makes kids compromise their form for trajectory. Kids are not concerned about tucking their elbow in, finishing their release like a goose’s neck, or bending their knees. Kids are just concerned about putting the ball in the basket, whether it is by shot putting the ball or shooting the ball with two hands
What kids do not realize is that their shooting form usually translates into their adult lives. What a kid’s shooting form looks like in their childhood is pretty much what their shooting form will look like later on in their lives. This has led to some of the most atrocious shooting forms and ugliest jump shots even at the professional level. The following is a list of players with the ugliest jumpers in NBA history. Some of them are actually good shooters with bad forms and the rest of them are bad shooters with bad forms. Regardless, these are the Top 10 players of All-Time that desperately needed a shooting doctor early on in their lives, but in the end it was too late to save what they called a jumper.
10 Kevin Martin
9 Michael Adams
8 Anthony Mason
7 Tony Allen
6 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
5 Andris Biedrins
4 Josh Childress
3 Bill Cartwright
2 Shawn Marion
1 Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah is the perfect example of a kid that never altered his shooting form during his junior high and high school days. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, shoots the ball with both hands like he is passing a medicine ball. What makes Noah’s shot so mechanically wrong is that he puts a sidespin on his ball when he shoots. Most shooters have the ball spinning in a backwards direction, which allows the ball to ricochet off the rim and backboard in a tactical way. Noah, however, has a sidespin and the reason for that is because both his left and right hand have a gooseneck to it when he releases the ball, so it is as though he is shooting with both hands instead of using one hand as the guiding hand and the other hand to release the ball.
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