Hook Shot

Hook Shot Dwight Howard

Hook Shot is a term used in Basketball, where the offensive player would gently throw the ball, followed by the sweeping motion of his arm. This is always compared to a jump shot, but the difference of this technique is using one hand only, while the other hand is making a space between the defensive player and the shooter. This is one of the most promising techniques because it’s difficult for the opposing team to block the player. Fortunately, only a handful of gifted players have mastered this technique.

Skyhook vs. Jump Hook

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the best NBA’s scorers who mastered the skyhook technique with minimal efforts. He was very proficient at using this technique even at a greater distance. The skyhook was inspired by how he executed the hook shot because the hook looked like it could reach out to the sky. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Manute Bol were able to block Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook. Meanwhile, the Jump Hook is popularized by Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard. This is when the defensive player jumps off using one foot to create a better balance for the player as he attempted to shoot the ball.

Most Skilled Hook Shot Players

Not every basketball player can master this technique, because it might be too difficult to execute. What’s best about this technique is not being easily blocked by the opponent, because it can come out very unpredictable. In the 1940s, George Mikan took a Hook Shot that devastates the opposing team and 15 years later, Jerry Lucas did the same thing. Other notable stars who have mastered this technique are Yao Ming, Magic Johnson, and Shaquille O’Neal.

The Popularity of the Hook Shot

Both the Skyhook and the Jump Hook are very unpredictable in many ways, especially when the player attempted to shoot the basket gently. For this technique, the number 1 ranked player would be Billy McGill, who was known for his jump-hook shot in his professional and college basketball careers. Due to its popularity, many basketball players have attempted this technique yet always ends up half-successful.

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