Donovan Mitchell is one of the NBA’s top young players. From Day 1 he’s been an explosive talent putting up 23PTS 4REB and 4AST a game over a three year span. He can play either guard spot being able to impact the game in multiple ways. Today we are going to talk about Mitchell’s Floater , which in my opinion is one of the best in the NBA. The Floater is a shot that is a must for EVERY position in basketball. Obviously, getting to the rim is an important aspect, but sometimes you are going to be caught in the 5-10 foot region around the basket and need a shot to use that can get off quickly and finish over size..
A floater can be shot in many different ways. Some shoot a higher straighter ball like Mitchell, and some shoot it very low and fast like a Tony Parker. Both ways can be effective depending on how much you work on it and correct any fundamental mistakes that it has. I noticed on Donovan’s shot, he changes arc depending on the situation that he’s shooting the floater in. Even when he shoots it lower he floats it up there and it tends to get a soft hit on the rim as you saw in the film. Like most , he shoots the floater off the glass when going baseline as it gives you the glass angle so it makes sense to use it. When studying film of a player’s use of a floater watch the situations in which they use it and how they shoot it.
Donovan Mitchell is an extremely talented player that is fun to watch. We will do many more breakdowns on him, but I thought that is Floater was interesting because he is so good at it at only his 3rd year in the NBA. It doesn’t matter how big or athletic that you are having a floater is an important shot. The great floater shooters have complete control of the ball when it comes out of their hand. In only three years Donovan Mitchell has become one of the better Floater Shooters in the NBA. Just like anything else you need to know where and when to use it. I’m looking forward to diving into more film on Mitchell’s game.
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