Shooting is the essence of the game. Best players of the game can put the ball in the basket from all over the court. However, what separates the very best shooters from the rest is their shooting form. For every Chauncey Billups, there was a Tayshaun Prince with one ugly shooting form. The perfect form does not work for everyone, but some just not aesthetically pleasing. Watching Klay Thompson or Stephen Curry knock down shot after shot with the perfect form is awesome, but these players make the jump shot a bizarre experience.
Chinanu Onuaku brought back Rick Barry's legendary grandma's style under-hand shooting form. Even if he had the same free-throw accuracy as the legend, that ugly underhanded shot would still get no love.
Following are the top 5 current players with the weirdest shooting form:
#5 Markelle Fultz
The free-throw is supposed to be the easiest shot considering it's an uncontested shot, whose distraction might only come from the fans. Fultz's free-throw struggles have become such a problem that the Sixers organization has become concerned. Fultz has no rhythm building up to a smooth release. After spinning the ball, he holds it up and breaks the motion as he pushes it forward without much confidence.
It’s strange that a point guard, known for his scoring while in college, suddenly changes his form for the worst after going pro. So why make the change?
For one part, he blamed the right shoulder soreness he was suffering from, which is okay. On to the strange part - where he claims that he’s just trying to do other things to make free throws. While he shoots like Shaquille O’Neal is his shooting coach, he should be careful not to be exploited by the “Hack-A-Shaq strategy” during the season.