Three Types of Shots in Basketball

Posted: October 27, 2015 in Craig Raucher, Sports
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A management and sales professional within the shipping and transportation industry, Craig Raucher has worked in an executive capacity for companies that ship freight via rail, ocean, and air. Outside of work, Craig Raucher is the commissioner of the Brooklyn/Staten Island Athletic Basketball League, and he has participated in pickup basketball games with friends twice a week since 1985. When scoring points, basketball players frequently use the following types of shots to put the ball into the hoop.

Jump shot: Players can attempt a jump shot in most game circumstances, including while the player is moving and while covered by the opposing team’s defense. A jump shot, usually made some distance from the hoop, is performed when a player jumps upward with both feet, aligns his elbow with the hoop, and shoots the ball into the basket at an arc.

Lay-up: A lay-up is typically used when a player nears the basket and is not crowded by the opposing team’s defense. To shoot a lay-up, a player dribbles to the side of a basket and propels himself upward using one foot before shooting the ball off the backboard and into the hoop.

Free throw: Free throws are unimpeded shots made when a foul is called on the opposing team. The player who was fouled stands above the free throw line and bends at the knees, releasing the ball from both hands as he comes up on his toes.

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