Trick shots. Who doesn't like them? Trick shots wow us and make us watch video clips of them over and over again until we are sure what we saw was in fact real and not the work of a crafty computer nerd.
Trick shots have made a legion of bored teenagers and young men into internet heroes for their mastery of the seemingly unmake-able. It is those shots and the creators of the trick shot that we celebrate with this look at the 20 best trick shots you'll find on YouTube.
Now, I know there may videos out there readers prefer and/or readers may have others in mind, but this the best I could find with my research. Have more you want to include? Feel free to add them to the comments section.
It's not necessarily a trick shot, but it is a one-in-a-million shot that deserves to be on the list. Talk about an internet hero, this high school player is an icon in making full court shots.
Nothing but net. The reaction of his friend in the driveway is priceless.
Warriors forward Monta Ellis shows how the professionals raise the stakes when they go about showing off before games.
This group of teenagers have yet to rack up the big viewer numbers on YouTube, but they shouldn't wait long if they keep this up.
Damian Buckley of Concordia shows he doesn't need his legs. Shoot, he doesn't even need to face the basket.
These guys take the interesting move of combining skateboarding and basketball. It's like the X Games version of "Dude Perfect". The incorporation of the ramps make it even better. Personally, I think the pitch-and-hit with the skateboard is the most impressive, though there is something to be said about riding up a halfpipe and hitting a shot from what looks like 20 feet above the rim.
Say what you will about LeBron James today, but the fact that he pulls off this kind of shot and makes it look SO easy is just ridiculous. That and the fact that the basketball looks like a softball in his hand.
It isn't the sexist shot on the list, but the fact that this guy drains twice in a row is pretty damn impressive.
The shot is great, but the cocky strut while the ball is still in flight might be even better. This is how you sink a trick shot in style
Taurian Fontenette exemplifies why the And1 Tour provides eye-popping moments on the hardwood that one would never see in the NBA. Yes, that is a 720-degree dunk.
B. Manley and his boy pull off some of the nastiest alley-oop shots you'll see. Who says white men can't jump?
Most of what they're doing looks fun without drilling unbelievable trick shots. Yet, Dude Perfect continues to amaze.
Vince Carter needed to do something to endear him to Magic fans. Hitting this trick shot will do that. It's amazing to me how big and strong of hands you need to get this shot off and reach the hoop, let alone make it.
These young guys sure hope so after self-hitting a basketball from distance through the net.
Everyone would love to think this fake. I, for one, do not think it is. These guys have built up way too much credibility on the internet for their videos to all of a sudden be in the business of creating forgeries.
Frankly, I don't even know how he lines this up properly. The shot could have just well ended up in the seats than in the net.
And with this shot, this kid instantly became the coolest kid in his high school and an internet legend. Not a bad way to spend gym class.
Dude Perfect made a shot from the upper deck at Kyle Field, but these guys take it to a new level by making a shot from an ascending amusement park ride. It took 25 tries and the ball was shot from a height of 130 feet.
The same guys that drained the shot from the amusement park ride arguably top themselves by drilling this shot from the top of a ferris wheel.
Personally, I'm amazed the hoop was able to stay standing. This shot supposedly took 170 takes. Regardless of that success percentage, the shot is incredible.