Updated: Aug 2, 2019
Luka Doncic is such an impressive NBA rookie not only for his moves and footwork, but also for his shooting ability. As a rookie (only 19 years old), he’s shooting 45.3% from the field and 39.6% from the 3-point line while also averaging 19.1 points per game. I’ve been saying this a lot recently, but when you can SHOOT the basketball it opens up so much for your game.
In this short post, I want to pay particular attention to Luka Donicic’s wrist and elbow snap as well as the angle of his follow through. It’s a thing of beauty!
His elbow and wrist snap in sync at the perfect angle. Remember, the angle that your elbow snaps to is the angle you can expect the ball to travel on. Snapping the elbow too much forward will lead to a flat shot and snapping the elbow too high will lead to sailing shots.
His elbow snaps above the level of the eyebrow (area of the shot pocket) to create a high arching shot that is around 70 degrees or one to two basketballs HIGHER than the backboard. High arch also ensures a better “drop angle” for the ball which allows more room for error.
Lastly, for the sake of supplemental teaching points, Freeze Frame 1 and 2 are great examples of a clean pick up, rhythm dip, and vertical lift to the shot pocket. All around solid mechanics by an impressive rookie!