Andre Drummond shoots backwards
Detroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond — a graceful, talented giant who could be the steal of the 2012 draft — is the latest in a long line of big men (along with a smattering of forwards and guards) who struggle at the stripe because various coaches and shooting “gurus” taught them to shoot backwards.
Being “coachable” is a good quality for a young player, but only if the coach knows what he’s doing. Unfortunately for Drummond, both as a UConn freshman last season with a short stroke and as an NBA rookie with a longer stroke (currently on display at the Orlando summer league) he has displayed the backwards form that is the tell-tale sign his instructor or instructors subscribe to the “scientific” approach to shooting.
Such instructors dream of a hoop landscape where every player of every size and shape has the same identical assembly-line shooting motion, the key to which is the position of the shooting hand, fingers and wrist at the completion of the stroke (a position that should be maintained for at least a few seconds).
Alas, this obsession with follow-through positioning frequently leads the students of the shooting scientists to put the cart (the follow-through) before the horse (the stroke). The stroke, such as it exists, is merely the means to an end: the holy pose that, in theory, guarantees jumpshooting and free-throw success.
Read the rest of this analysis at HoopsHype.
Dan Feldman presents an excerpt at the Piston Powered blog.