The National Basketball Association definitely is where amazing happens and more often than not, some of the best players in the world don’t hesitate to remind us never to doubt that motto after knocking down shots that may seem impossible to connect, at least for most “normal” human beings.
Shooting is one of the most important skills in any basketball player’s repertoire, but the ability to go big under pressure, and that killer instinct when it matters the most are huge a plus that just a handful of players can brag about having.
Through history, we’ve seen players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant regularly connect on impossible shots as if they were free throws, and even though luck may have something to do with it, some players actually recognize that they thrive the most when they’re guarded and off balance.
Nowadays, this kind of players are still among us, and in contempt of that, they’re probably not as good as Jordan or Kobe were, fans still can’t help but to get on their feet and claps their hands in despair or delight every time they hit one of those difficult shots. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 difficult shot makers currently in the league.
5. Devin Booker
Devin Booker has shown to be extremely gifted in the offensive end of the court, as 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 who the hell is trying to stop him from getting what he wants.
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, and he’s even connected on several game-winning shots. As a matter of fact, he recently made an impossible off-balance shot turning around from way downtown to send the game against the Milwaukee Bucks to Overtime.
4. JR Smith
JR Smith is a lot of things, but he’s a shooter above all of them. Withal, he’s matured a lot during his stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he’s not that same old spoiled brat that just chugged shot after shot despite the box score, the play clock of whether a teammate was in a much better position to score than he was.
However, there are some few things that just aren’t going to change with time and one of those is JR’s ability to hit shots when closely guarded, even stating that he enjoys a lot more to shoot that way rather than when he’s wide open, and his numbers actually agree with that statement, crazy as it may seem.
3. DeMar DeRozan
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 and he’s been night in and night out in the gym ever since entering the league to try and improve in other aspects of his game to make the most of his athleticism and craftiness.
Nowadays, DeMar is a master of the fadeaway and he seems to have studied Kobe Bryant a lot, as he’s practically unstoppable when he’s turning the corner in the elbows, turning around and fading away from his opposition to create space and connect with great ease despite the difficulty of that kind of moves.
2. Kyrie Irving
For most basketball purists, Kyrie Irving is not a point guard rather than a tweener shooting guard, considering he’s got that score first mentality and seems reckless to be a facilitator at times, but with you’ve got an offensive skillset as Irving does, you’d definitely want to make the most of it, especially in isolation.
Irving is unconscious with the rock in his hands, and his handles grant him permission to do pretty much everything he thinks is necessary to get to the rim. Kyrie is just so impressive and unpredictable, and regardless of how well and suffocatingly you guard him, you know he’s going to punish you, as he’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
Our top difficult shot maker couldn’t be 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, and he’s just so skilled when he drives to the free throw line and throws he’s high floaters that there’s 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, and hitting game-winning shots from way downtown with great ease.