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The Critical Importance of Shooting- By Jeff Haefner
Consider these FOUR points:
1 - A very small improvement in shooting percentage will win more games!
Teams that shoot at a higher percentage give themselves a tremendous competitive advantage. All other factors being equal, it's clear as a bell that the better shooting team will win.
Let's look at a statistical scenario: taking 78 points as a target example, how many made shots are needed?
Well, you'll need to make 39 two-pointers. If your team shoots 40%, then you'll have to generate about 98 two-point attempts. But suppose your team shoots only 30% from the field. For two-pointers, you will now need to generate 130 shot attempts to reach 78 points - That's 32 more attempts than you needed with the team shooting at 40%!
As you can easily see, if your team's shooting percentage falls by 10%, then the team will have to increase rebounds or forced turnovers dramatically to reach the same point total. Obviously, shooting at a higher percentage makes winning easier.
2 - Good shooters will completely change the dynamics of your offense and make it easier to get lay ups!
Offensive minded coaches know that a few good shooters on the floor can work wonders for your offense, even if they don't score.
Just by having the threat of a good shooter stretches out the defense and causes them to cover more ground.
Think about it...
Good shooters open up driving lanes for everyone on the team and make it easier to score.
However, if nobody on the floor can shoot, the defense will pack things in and make it more difficult to score.
Great shooters STRETCH out the defense.
3 - Good shooting can get you more playing time!
Similarly, all other factors being equal, players who shoot at a higher percentage usually get most of the playing time!
It's simple; coaches want great shooters on the court. Of course they want good defensive players, passers, and rebounders on the floor too.
But great shooters are hard to come by and coaches are always on the look out for them. Great shooting can make you a super valuable player that the coaches want on the floor as much as possible.
4 - Great shooting can take you a long way in basketball and can even get you a college scholarship!
History proves that countless players have made Division I college teams for one simple reason...
They can shoot the lights out!
Some of these players are slow, short, can't play defense, and can't rebound. Of course all those other skills are nice to have, but shooting is SO important that this one skill alone can literally earn you a college scholarship.
With determination and enough practice, any player can learn how to become a good shooter. You don't have to be tall, fast, or even smart to be a great shooter.
From both perspectives, team and individual, shooting at a relatively high percentage is a critically important goal. As a coach, player, or parent, you will want to do everything possible to build up your team's, your own, or your youngster's shooting percentage.
Now that we've taken a quick look at how important shooting at a high percentage is, you are probably anxious to learn all that you can about developing this vital skill.
Check out these basketball shooting resources to improve your shooting percentage.