So you want to shoot a basketball like Ray Allen? Properly let’s determine how Ray Allen shoots then! The first thing to look at is Ray Allen’s position. His feet are shoulder joint width aside and his right feet is a little bit forward of his left.
The second thing we need to look at is Ray’s entire body position. What Ray does much better than most other shooters is maintain his chest entirely straight. He does not lean forward, back, or to the side. He keeps a straight, upright position throughout his complete shot. Ray Allen jumps when he shoots by bending his knees, and having a little amount of extend at the hips. Look at the picture below and observe the angle of his back and his chest. Also notice Ray’s head. It stays in essentially the same position throughout his entire shot
Now let’s determine what Ray Allen actually does with the basketball when he shoots. Before Ray shoots, he line his fingers up perpendicular to the joints of the basketball and propagates his fingers as much as he can on both his guide and shooting hand. However, he does not do this all the time. Sometimes when there is not enough time during the activity and Ray tries to get his shot off quicker, he does not line his fingers up perpendicular to the joints. Look at the image below and pay near interest to the seams of the ball and his fingers
After Ray Allen has a hold on the ball, he at the same time brings the ball up in the air as he extends his legs to jump. As Ray Allen increases the ball in the air his suitable arm is bent at a 90 degree angle, and as he is rising up he starts to bend his wrist backwards until it is also at 90 degrees.
He does not start his shot with his wrist bent back, it naturally occurs as he is shooting. His left hand sets on the side of the ball and acts as a guide hand. Ray Allen brings the ball all the way over his head to his set point before he basically ever simply leaves the ground. Look at the picture below and observe how he is still on the ground and the ball is already above his head and in his set point
From a directly on position you can see that Ray Allen actually has his shoulder pointed out to the right a little bit when he shoots. Most people are taught to keep their shoulder in a straight line and not out. However, this technique clearly works for Ray. Ray’s elbow on his guide arm is also pointed out on the actual same position. Together, both of his arms actually create a symmetrical diamond shape, with the ball being directly above the centre of Ray’s head. Analyze the pictures below
Ray Allen then leaps off the ground and his body remains in the exact same place he was in just before he left the ground. Look at the image below and notice how he has left the ground, but stays in the exact same position.
Once Ray Allen gets to the top of his bounce he at the same time extends his arm and flicks his wrist. Ray Allen releases the ball with his arm absolutely locked out and his wrist directing perpendicular to the ground. His wrist does not flick downwards in a fishhook like most people are taught to shoot. His fingers end pointing directly forward. Look at the photos listed below.