Ray Allen's jumpshot | In his words
SEATTLE TIMES PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ROD MAR / LIGHTING BY JAY DOTSON
Sonics guard Ray Allen shoots a jump shot under stroboscopic lighting, which freezes his motion at eight frames per second. The shots were then combined to create this photo illustration. In reality, Allen's jumper takes place in an up-and-down motion, during which he jumps and lands at almost the same spot. This illustration shows the full range of motion in Allen's shot.
The approach

"You have to see the basket and take a power dribble. The approach isn't always the same. Sometimes you can't take that power dribble. Sometimes you catch it and shoot it. The one consistency is having your head up and being ready to shoot. A lot of times how you start a shot affects how you finish it."
The setup

"I grab the ball across the threads. Sometimes not, but that's typical for how I want to shoot the ball. I don't need my feet set. Here my knees are bent and everything is how it should be, but not always. What's always the same is from the time when the ball is set and I release it. That never changes."
The jump

"Here it's just the power and it's straight up. From one position to the next, you notice it's straight up. And I'm always in a phone booth. I'm not leaning either way when I'm shooting. Sometimes you take fadeaways and sometimes you get forward, but the precision shot is always in a phone booth."
The release

"When I'm shooting the ball, I don't look at the basket. I see the hole, a big hole as I like to think, and you put it up there. Most times I don't look at the rim or anything else. In game time, when you aim, you miss. Most guys who can't shoot, they aim. Trust your shot."
The follow-through

"You follow through at the basket always and it's got to be pure. You can't flick. There's no flick in it, just one smooth motion. You keep looking at the basket, or rather the hole, and then you find the ball. I watch how it goes in or hits the rim so I know what to correct next time if I miss."

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