Ray Allen is one of the best shooter’s the game has ever seen. He was known as one of the hardest working players ever to play the game showing up hours before games to get shots up. Allen’s ability to shoot the ball not only on catch and shoot opportunities, but also on the move made him almost impossible to stop. His game has game continuously changed throughout his career, from an isolation player who could get his own shot earlier in his days to a deadly floor stretcher.
As a perimeter player that can stretch the floor with your jumpshot, it is important to be able to impact the game in multiple ways. Yes, being able to sit in the corner and knock down open shots is a very important skill that most player’s can’t do. What you need to be able to do is shoot the ball on the move as well. First thing when watching the film on Allen, is he is always locked and loaded waiting for the ball to come to him. He’s bent waiting to shoot as well as having his hands in position to catch. When he’s off the ball, Allen always gets in the vision of the ball handler to be an outlet for them in case they need to get rid of the ball. HIs ability to shoot the ball at a VERY HIGH LEVEL causes defenders to spring out at him when he catches it. This enables Allen to not only catch and shoot because of his quick release, but it also opens up his dribble drive game for 1 and 2 dribbles. No waste of dribble or space for Allen as it will just lower his efficiency as a perimeter threat. He’s got great feet on the catch and shoot as well as the 1-2 dribble pull up. Lastly the ability to take the ball too the basket and finish is something all young players need to be able to do whether it is a layup package or floaters, jumpers in the lane, etc.
Wing players need to impact the game with their shooting. Shooting is arguably the most important skill that a player can have for many reasons. First off it gives you an ability to produce points, but being able to shoot from deep stretches out the defense and gives your team a better chance to be efficient with creating off the dribble and opening up other scoring opportunities. Shooting is a skill that you need to have or it will be hard to keep you on the floor in crunch time. If you can shoot, not being a one trick pony and developing your jumper not only standing still on the catch, but also on the move. The ability to put the ball on the floor for a 1-2 dribble pull up jus makes you that much more of a weapon. Having great feet that don’t split and turn the ball over on the drive can help, as well as having a straight line drive finishing game. Allen never dominated the ball once in the film as he’s efficient with his movements and his dribble. Take Note.
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