Shaquille O'Neal, Shawn Marion and the Ugliest Shooting Forms in NBA History

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal, Shawn Marion and the Ugliest Shooting Forms in NBA History

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 04:  Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots a free throw against the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on November 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by down
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    Over the course of NBA history, there have been plenty of players who looked like they never learned basketball's most fundamental skill—shooting.

    In fact, some players' shots looked downright ugly. There are a lot of current players with terrible forms as well.

    Consider this slideshow merely a starting point.  

    I will provide 10 of the worst shooting forms of all-time, and readers can comment and tell me who else should be on the list. If their form is ugly enough, I'll add them to the list.

     

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Andris Biedrins

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 11: Andris Biedrins #15 of the Golden State Warriors hands the ball off to a teammate after a scramble on the floor against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 11, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly a
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    Biedrins' form is utterly atrocious. It's so bad that the guys at Turner Sports were inspired to compare it to Charles Barkley's notoriously ugly golf swing.

    The Comparison

Shawn Marion

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots a free throw against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on February 26, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadin
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    It seriously blows my mind that this shot ever goes in. His career three-point average is 33 percent. That seems like a small miracle when you consider his form.

    Droppin' Treys

Bill Cartwright

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    LOS ANGELES - 1987:  Bill Cartwright #25 of the New York Knicks holds the ball during an NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California in 1987.  (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    I've heard it doesn't matter what your form looks like as long as you get plenty of repetitions with that form. Cartwright's hideous shot and 77 percent career free-throw shooting may prove that theory.

    The Free Throw

Reggie Miller

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    INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 13:  Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers takes the last shot of the game against the Detroit Pacers in Game three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2005 NBA Playoffs at Conseco Fieldhouse on May 13, 2005 in Indianapoli
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    Reggie Miller is arguably the best shooter the league has ever seen. Not many would argue his prowess was a result of a traditional shooting form.

    Anything but Textbook

Joakim Noah

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls prepares to shoot a free throw against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington on February 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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    The Bulls are in the Eastern Conference Finals—no thanks to Joakim Noah's glorious shooting form.

    Looks Like the Old Guy at Pickup Ball

Marcus Camby

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    26 Apr 2000:  Marcus Camby #23 of the New York Knicks puts up a shot over Charles Oakley #34 and Antonio Davis #33 of the Toronto Raptors during Game 2 of the first round of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals at Madison Square Garden in New York. Manda
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    Marcus Camby isn't afraid to put up the jump shot, and the results aren't always terrible. That form is rough though.

    The Corkscrew

Kenyon Martin

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03:  Kenyon Martin #4 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates after scoring a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA basketball game at Staples Center on April 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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    Watch how excited K-Mart gets when he makes this three.  It's a sure sign of a guy who doesn't hit too many.

    Shot Put

Kevin Martin

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Kevin Martin #12 of the Houston Rockets in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on December 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or u
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    Kevin Martin is an incredible scorer and gets a lot of his points from his jump shot. Amazingly, it looks like a twisted hybrid of Marion and Camby's forms.

    Shooting Around

Chuck Hayes

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 20:  Chuck Hayes #44 of the Houston Rockets reacts to being called for a foul during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 20, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees tha
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    Not much explanation needed here. Behold the evidence...

    A Real Beauty

Shaquille O'Neal

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Shaquille O'Neal of the Boston Celtics attends NBA All-Star Saturday night presented by State Farm at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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    It's hard to pick a video for Shaq on this matter. He's had more variations on his form than any other player I can think of. This one seems fitting...

    Works as Well as Anything Else He's Tried

Leandro Barbosa

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    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    No doubt about it, Barbosa has a funky shot.  It's a little bit of that shot put style.  Unfortunately there aren't many videos focusing on his shot (for good reason).  This one should be enough.

    From His Chest

Manute Bol

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    I can't imagine what shooting would be like if I was a full foot taller.  At 7'7", Bol saw the rim from a different angle than anyone else.  It showed.

    The Ol' Heave Ho

Chris Dudley

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    The man ran for governor of Oregon, once missed 13 straight free throws, and chucked a ball at Shaq (my apologies for not being able to come up with video of his actual form).

    Shaq's Always Been Kind of a Punk

Mark Madsen

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    You can't help but love the "Mad Dog"--even if his shot was pure garbage (oxymoron).

    Dancin' with Shaq

Matt Bonner

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    Matt Bonner is an excellent three-point shooter.  He led the league in three-point percentage this year.  His form is pretty gross though.

     

    Goes Off on the Pistons

Give Me More!

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2011 inductee Dennis Rodman looks on during halftime of the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Housto
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    Like I said in the introduction, be sure to leave your suggestions for additions to this slideshow in the comment section!

     

     

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