Phoenix Suns: Channing Frye and the Perfect Shot Are in the Zone

Avi ScherContributor IIJanuary 22, 2011

PHOENIX - OCTOBER 19:  Channing Frye #8 of the Phoenix Suns puts up a shot against the Golden State Warriors during the preseason NBA game at US Airways Center on October 19, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Channing Frye has been one of the big reasons the Phoenix Suns are on a five game winning streak. If you look at his shot, you will see a perfect jump shot, the 90 degrees of the arm, the gentle release from the fingers, the way the ball goes in a rainbow.

Most times you can see from the release that the shot is going in before it does.

Channing Frye started his career with the New York Knicks having a good first season, but ending with an injury. Frye took only nine shots from downtown that year and hit three of them. The year after that, Frye took eighteen shots and hit three.

The next year Frye played for the Portland Trailblazers. In his first year with them, he took only ten shots and again hit only three. The next season was his "break though" season. He took 33 shots and hit ten. And then the real change happened.

The Phoenix Suns signed Channing Frye for a two-year deal and in the first year Frye took 392 shoots from downtown hitting 172. That is an amazing 43 percent (Frye, of course, signed a five-year extension with the Suns last year).

The question is why wasn't Frye's shoot not used in New York or Portland, In New York Isiah Thomas was the coach, so it is hard to know anything he was thinking, but Portland? Did they not know he can shoot?

Anyways, it looked like Alvin Gentry knew what he was doing and knew that Frye could shoot.

Frye has had some periods in the season were he just can't get the ball in the basket. But in others, he can't miss.

If you take a good close look at his shot, you will see when he's going to have a big game and when he isn't.

If the release of the ball is soft and the flick of the wrist is gentle, the ball rolls off of his fingers very soft in a "rainbow." If he is shooting with this type of release, you know he is going to have a big game.

If the flick of the wrist is hard, then you won't see the "rainbow" needed for the shot to go down and he won't be hitting his shot.

In the last five games, Frye has been hot. Scoring 18.8 points a game, hitting 51 percent from three, and helping the Suns get there first winning streak of the year.

The streak is now at five, with a chance to make it eight before the meeting with the Boston Celtics on Friday.

I should also note that Channing Frye is having his best rebounding and blocks season in his NBA career.

There is no doubt that Frye had to pick up his game after Amar'e Stoudemire left for New York.

In the past month, he has been doing just that.