Shooting is one of the most important skills in any basketball player’s repertoire. But the ability to go big under pressure, and take impossible shots when it matters the most are huge a plus that just a handful of players can brag about having. Today, we’ll let you know about the top 5 difficult shot makers currently in the league.
5. Devin Booker (Game-Tying Shot) – Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker has shown to be extremely gifted in the offensive end of the court. He’s capable of creating his own shot. Pulling up from distance, driving to the lane, dunking, lay it up or throw some unblockable tear drops regardless of whoever is trying to stop him. Notwithstanding the fact that he’s been in the league for a very short time, Booker’s already making a name for himself as a deadly scorer from all over the hardwood.
4. JR Smith (Sharpshooter) – Cleveland Cavaliers
JR Smith is a lot of things, but he’s a shooter above all of them. JR has the ability to hit shots when closely guarded. Some states that he even enjoys a lot more to shoot that way rather than when he’s wide open. His numbers actually agree with that statement, crazy as it may seem.
3. DeMar DeRozan (Phenomenal Footwork) – Toronto Raptors
DeRozan isn’t much of a shooter, nor he has ever been. Still and all, he’s one of the most hardworking players in the league DeMar is a master of the fadeaway and he seems to have studied Kobe Bryant a lot. He’s practically unstoppable when he’s turning the corner in the elbows. Turning around and fading away from his opposition to create space. He connects with great ease despite the difficulty of that kind of moves.
2. Kyrie Irving (Impossible Shots) – Boston Celtics
Kyrie is just so impressive and unpredictable. Regardless of how well and suffocatingly they guard him, they know he’s going to punish them and get to the rim. Irving’s shown with his amazing athletic layup finishes or his clutch shots from distance despite having a defender right on his face.
1. Stephen Curry (Impossible shots) – Golden State Warriors
Who else could top the list of difficult shot maker other than the best shooter in NBA history, Stephen Curry? Curry’s got such a clean and quick release with his shot that it makes it virtually impossible of blocking it for opposing defenders. He drives to the free throw line and throws with high floaters that there is nothing defenders can do about it.
Curry’s shot is so quick and high, that even though you double cover him, you never see it coming. Likewise, the 2 time MVP has shown to have unlimited range even in practice, connecting in half-court shots as if they were unguarded layups.