The big question in all of Chicago is will Derrick Rose return to action as good or better than he was before ? I suspect he will succeed due mostly to his passion and love for basketball. However, Derrick needs to improve his outside shooting and he can.
1. The challenge, shooting flaws can always be detected by following the flight of the ball. In Derricks case his shots are flat ( meaning they have a flat trajectory or straight line to the basket.
Derrick works very hard and when practicing he can probably knock down seven of ten shots consistently. However, a common mistake among high jumping players is that they jump higher during game conditions. Derrick also has a hitch in his release that can be corrected. At this stage of his career Derrick needs an improved outside shot to keep the defense off balance.
2. The solution, Please note the illustration of NBA player Ray Allen as he shoots. Ray was chosen for this post because he jumps almost as high as Derrick when he shoots.
Of the six frames shown of Ray shooting I would like you to pay attention to frame#3 and frame #6.
The position in frame #3 just over Ray’s forehead is the ball’s final resting place or set point just prior to the final shooting motion. The position is important because to obtain a higher release point the ball should be set higher.
Notice in frame#6 the ball is released between twelve and one o’clock or about 90 degrees. The release point is paramount because it utilizes the legs most in providing thrust for the shot.
3. The pay off, The shot is on a higher trajectory which effectively improves it’s chances of going in ( especially since all basketball rims are twice the size of a single basketball ).
If done right the ball will also have a significant back spin which will virtually pull a shot in the basket.
Remember: One size does not fit all when repairing a players shot but flaws can usually be detected by following the flight of the ball.
Finally, So by changing his set and release points Derrick Rose can enjoy a jump shot that requires less energy, is more accurate and will enhance his drives to the basket. And remember there are a lot worse models than Ray Allen to emulate.