If you can make these 3 shots at a high percentage then you will go down as the hardest player to guard of all time.
Yes, these shots have an extremely high level of difficulty, but they also are very difficult to stop. Especially the first one that certain players have built an entire career off of.
So with that said lets discuss what these shots are and how to execute each of them.
The Hook Shot
This is a shot that most post players practice on a regular basis. To execute this shot players turn their shoulders perpendicular to the defender and keep their body in between the ball and the defender. The player will actually shoot this shot sideways to the basket as to keep that defender-body-ball relationship. This is a one-handed shot that sweeps up and away from the defense and finishes with the snap of the wrist.
There are a few different ways to shoot this as well.
The first of which is just the classic hook shot which I just described where the shooter does not need to jump much if at all.
The second type is the sky hook. This shot was patented by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and is considered the most unstoppable shot in the game of basketball by many. What makes this different from the classic hook shot is that this is made on the move. The same defender-body-ball principles remain, but now the shooter jumps up off of one foot and shoots the ball in the same manner as before. The release point of this shot is much higher.
The last type of hook shot is the jump hook. What differentiates this shot with the others is that you jump up off two feet and the defender-body-ball relationship is not as important. Instead of shooting the basketball sideways the shooter turns his or her body towards the basket as if shooting a very high release jump shot with one hand.
If you play in the post it is extremely important to practice all three of these shots if you want to score the basketball in one on one situations.
Lets make a complete 180 from talking about post players to talking about small guards.
There isn’t too many ways for small 5’6” point guards to score the basketball inside going against 6’9” power forwards, but the floater is definitely one of them.
This is an in-between shot. This is a shot players shoot when they are too close to the basket to shoot a jump shot and too far way to shoot a layup. Once a player arrives in this area it is advised to jump stop or stride stop. If they are shooting the ball with their right hand then their left foot should be ahead of their right foot and vice versa. At this point the player should simply float the basketball to the hoop with one hand while putting a lot of arc on it. No follow through is needed.
The whole point of this shot is to shoot it high enough to get it over the big man and early enough as well.
What makes this shot so difficult is that the high arc makes it tough to keep the shot aligned straight. If there is opportunity to use the backboard then do it. That will soften up the shot and give it more room for error.
If the floater to the point guard is the hook shot to the big man then the fadeaway is that same shot for the wing player. When I think of fadeaways I think of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. I think of my dad watching TV, screaming at Kobe during a Laker game, “That’s a terrible shot…oh nevermind nice one.”
For the most part coaches don’t like it when their players shoot fadeaways. It’s a difficult shot to make due to the fact that you are moving away from the basket, but it’s another one of those shots that when mastered can make you super hard to guard.
A fadeaway jump shot is basically when you jump backwards away from the basket and take a jumper. Many players use this shot out of a spin move or out a back-to-the-basket move.
The most common way to miss this shot is short. Since you are falling back and not forwards like a normal jump shot it takes much more strength to get this shot up and in.
Each of these shots have their time and place in basketball, but if you don’t practice them on a regular basis you are basically setting yourself up for failure if you try shoot them in an actual game. With that said, now you know exactly how to execute each one so there should be nothing holding you back from taking a basketball finding a hoop and working on your craft.