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In these articles, Robert Tilitz, basketball theorist and coach, explains his new whole-body jump shot theory and describes its innovative techniques. He also critiques the prevailing but failed elbow-in strokesnap jump shot theory.

The Shooting Shoulder

- Crucial to the jump shot

The failed elbow-in strokesnap jump shot does not use the shooting shoulder. By contrast, the shooting shoulder is crucial to the whole-body jump shot. A cross-sports comparison with boxing is used to show the important role played by the shoulders in producing athleticism and power.

Bernard King elbow-out jump shot Danilo Gallinari elbow-in jump shot


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The Lateral Dribble

- Protection, acceleration, turning the corner and the first step

The lateral dribble is the most important dribble in basketball. It might not be fancy, but it is streamlined. The lateral dribble is the all-purpose answer to most of the challenges faced by the ball handler.

Michael Jordan showing lateral dribble LeBron James showing lateral dribble

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The Elbow-Out Jump Shot

- Forward oriented

The forward-oriented whole-body elbow-out jump shot can be used to spearhead a strongside frontal attack on the defense. The whole-body elbow-out jump shot has a significant degree of strongside lateral capability too. Most players should use the whole-body elbow-out jump shot because most players favor a forward-oriented offensive game.

Reggie Miller - elbow-out jump shot start of release Reggie Miller - elbow-out jump shot release

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The Reachback Jump Shot

- Laterally oriented

The strongside reachback jump shot features a fallaway jump when shot correctly. By itself, the fallaway jump creates separation that makes the reachback jump shot’s strongside mid-range lateral pull-up and strongside post-up fallaway almost impossible to stop.

Kobe Bryant - ready to swing basketball up and back Kobe Bryant - reachback release

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How to Play Point Guard

- Shoot first, pass preferred

The threat of a reliable strongside penetration pull-up jump shot can disrupt the defense and raise the point guard’s passing game. But not just any type of jump shot can do the job. The options are discussed.

Andre Miller jump shot - ready to release ball Chris Paul shooting with elbow out jump shot over blocking opponents

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Kyrie Irving

- Jump shot diversity

Kyrie Irving shoots three different types of strongside pull-up jump shot. Each one is an attack jump shot. And each one attacks the defense differently. Irving’s jump shot diversity keeps the defense on its heels.

Kyrie Irving jump shot - ready to release ball Kyrie Irving shooting with elbow out jump shot over blocking opponents

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Player-Sourced Jump Shots

In the articles that follow on the next page, Robert Tilitz, the originator of the whole-body jump shot theory, evaluates jump shots that conform neither to his whole-body jump shot theory nor to the widely supported elbow-in strokesnap jump shot model. Instead, these jump shots consist of new and different ways to shoot that were developed by the players themselves.

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