Some things in life get better with age. For Ray Allen, one of those things is his three-point shooting percentage.
At the ripe age of 36, Allen shot a career-best 44 percent from beyond the arc in 2010-11, good enough for second in the NBA.
The game has changed since Allen’s debut in 1996, a time when MJ reigned supreme, the Hornets played in Charlotte, and Kobe was an 18-year old rookie sporting a mini Afro.
Since that time, Allen has played for three teams over 15 NBA seasons for a total of 1,102 career games [he started in all but four]. Through it all, his shooting form is one aspect of Allen’s game that has remained constant, as awesomely illustrated by the peeps at Got ‘Em Coach: Allen’s right elbow is locked in the exact same position every time he rises for a jumper.
The locked elbow is just one aspect of Allen’s textbook shooting form, according to Dave Hopla, a shooting specialist who worked with Allen during his Milwaukee Bucks days. “The most important part of the shot is having your shooting elbow in the letter 'L,'” Hopla says.
Take it from Hopla: “Ray Allen has perfect form. When he shoots, he believes every shot is going in.”
Step up your game with instructions from Hopla for developing textbook shooting form.
Toe to Target
Elbows Above Eyebrow
Hand in Hoop
Freeze Your Follow-Through
Shoot, Stay and Swish
Says Hopla, “Some guys chase their rebounds, but a good shooter believes he is going to swish every shot. If you run in, the ball could bounce right over your head, back to where you just were.”
Coaching Points: Adhere to “Shoot, Stay and Swish” practice // Keep elbow up while moving further from basket
Coaching Point: Freeze follow-through