Ranking the NBA's 10 Most Beautiful Jump Shots
Much as no two people look exactly the same, sound the same or write the same, every NBA player has his own unique shooting form. While some shooting styles make fans cover their eyes in disgust (see Shawn Marion), others can be as smooth and elegant as a beautiful swan.
But in a league with such a wide array of jumpers, which NBA players boast the most beautiful shooting form? Hint: JaVale McGee isn't one of them.
All stats accurate as of January 10, 2013.
10. Martell Webster
Martell Webster has possibly the most textbook shooting form I’ve ever seen. His elbow is perfectly locked on every release, and he has a clear knack for squaring up every time he faces the hoop.
With such a fluid motion, it’s a bit surprising his attempts don’t find the net more often. Though not an elite shooter, Webster at least boasts one of the league’s prettiest jumpers.
9. Mo Williams
Mo Williams jump shot is very unique in that it resembles a catapult; an extremely accurate and smooth catapult, that is.
Considering how far Williams brings the ball back before releasing it, one might expect his jumper to be rather flat. However, this is certainly not the case, as Williams’ catapult fires off beautiful rainbows that seem to find the net more often than not.
8. Kyrie Irving
Even without his deadly jumper, Kyrie Irving would be an offensive force in the NBA, due to his remarkable talent for finding his way to the rim.
Fortunately, Irving also possesses one of the prettiest and most lethal jumpers in basketball, despite his young age. Though he doesn’t get great lift on his shot, Irving is nonetheless able to get it off in almost any situation thanks to his blinding quickness.
7. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony’s shooting percentages have varied greatly throughout his NBA career, but no matter how much his outside shot is falling, it remains one of the most beautiful in basketball.
Anthony’s release is incredibly quick, as he bounces upward and flicks the ball at the hoop, often without need for a follow-through. Though his form is sweet on its own, it’s made even more appealing due to the obvious confidence he exudes with every release.
6. Kevin Durant
Despite a rather unorthodox release, Kevin Durant has one of the prettiest shots in the NBA due to his quick release and high arcing shot.
Obviously, it doesn’t hurt that said shot also happens to be incredibly accurate, such that it has enabled Durant to win the past three consecutive scoring titles in the NBA.
5. Steve Nash
Steve Nash’s incredible dedication to the game is clear through his beautiful jump shot, which is not only one of the most lethal in the game, but also remarkably consistent.
Nash’s release looks the same every time, and his free-throw routine demonstrates the obsessive attention to detail that has enabled him to become one of the greatest shooters of all time.
Another extraordinary facet of Nash’s shooting ability is his uncanny gift for maintaining his form while jumping off just one leg. Nash’s unique floater is one of the NBA’s best, and he manages to maintain balance even while falling away.
4. Kyle Korver
It’s no surprise that Kyle Korver is an incredibly proficient shooter, considering it’s pretty much all he does while out on the court. Though Korver changes uniforms fairly frequently, one thing that never changes is his silky smooth jumper.
Korver seems to catch the ball, elevate and release in just a split second, but he manages to sustain a perfect release no matter how quickly he is forced to get the shot off.
3. Kobe Bryant
Widely accepted as one of the greatest scorers ever to pick up a basketball, Kobe Bryant manages to fill the scoring column on a nightly basis through the combination of athleticism, cleverness and a deadly jump shot.
Kobe is more capable of altering his release than any other player in the NBA, but no matter how difficult of an attempt he throws up, he somehow manages to always look good while shooting. With excellent elevation and a nearly unblockable release, The Black Mamba continues to wow NBA fans with an absolutely beautiful jumper.
2. Ray Allen
I could spend days analyzing the aesthetics of Ray Allen’s perfect shooting form, but at this point only one thing really matters.
Ray Allen is the best three-point shooter of all time, and just about the only thing prettier than his release is the inevitable swishing sound that tends to follow.
And maybe Katherine Webb.
1. Stephen Curry
A rising superstar at the point guard position, Stephen Curry thrives thanks to arguably the best outside shot in basketball.
Though just 6’3,” Curry always seems capable of getting his shot off due to a lightning quick release that still manages to preserve perfect form.
Curry’s release is pretty enough by itself, but the fact that his three-point attempts find the bottom of the net over 45 percent of the time certainly helps.