The prettiest shots are the ones that go in. That statement is true, but that doesn’t diminish the fact you can see at first glance when someone has a fundamental or beautiful shooting form, or contrary when someone has such an ugly jump shot, you would rather look away. Well, throughout the history of the NBA, we have seen numerous players and various shooting forms. Some prettier, some uglier. Well, today, I am going to present you with some of the players with the ugliest shooting forms of all time. Get ready; it’s not a pretty sight to see.
Honorable mentions: Jamaal Wilkes, Michael Adams, Matt Bonner
“The Matrix” is definitely one of the first names that come to mind, as his fast and unorthodox jump-shot made him more known than his great game on the court. He was never the most reliable shooter, but he was good enough not to be left wide open. For his whole career, Marion shot 2.1 threes per game and made 33,1% of them. Considering how his jump shot looks, that is pretty good, but Marion never based his game around shooting but rather an all-around game based on defense. That eventually helped him become a 4x All-Star and champion in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks.
Noah was one of the best defensive players in the NBA in his prime Bulls days, winning the 2014 DPOY award and notching 2 All-Star appearances, but his offensive game was always very limited. Especially his jump shot, which was as ugly as it was ineffective. Noah didn’t hit a single three-pointer in his career and often air-balled mid-range shots by a mile, as seen in the video below. The wild thing is that his free-throw shooting form also wasn’t the prettiest and often far from hitting, but he still achieved a respectable 70% for his career from the line. Good thing Noah was a beast on the defensive end, which allowed him to achieve a good career in the NBA and retire last season after his short bubble episode with the Clippers.
Cartwright was a great big man in the golden era of NBA basketball and an important part of the Chicago Bulls’ first three-peat. He did all you could ask from a center, but his jump shot was something else. A form just unexplainable that you have to see it to believe it. But that didn’t stop him from being solid from the mid-range and making it work. His jump shot still remains one of the most unique forms we have ever seen.
The former No.2 pick of the 2013 Draft came into the NBA with high expectations, but he never managed to establish himself in the league. Even though he had a good all-around game and defensive potential, MKG’s demise came from the fact he never developed a consistent jump-shot. In addition, it was not the prettiest to look at, with both of his elbows tilting hard to the left. He managed to straighten it out a bit later in his career, but it didn’t help him as he remained a 27,2% shooter from the three-point line. That’s why he didn’t find a team this season and could be potentially out of the NBA, even though he is just 27 years old.
Kevin Martin is the only player on this list that actually based his game on his jumper and hit it with consistency. He would stretch out his arms in length and put the ball as far away from his face, flinging it quickly, making it hard for his defenders to close him out. It didn’t look too pretty, but it was quick and effective, as Martin was an explosive scorer and shooting a very good 38,4% from the three-point land. After all, he had numerous 20+ ppg seasons.