jump shot


Definition of jump shot

: a shot in basketball made by jumping into the air and releasing the ball with one or both hands at the peak of the jump

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In 1979, future Rockets coach Stan Joplin hit a buzzer-beating jump shot to give Toledo its only NCAA Tournament win, 74-72, over Iowa. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Toledo Rockets shoot for the stars again in MAC Tournament: Bill Livingston," 9 Mar. 2018 Here is a look at some of the possibilities: KZ Okpala, sophomore, Stanford small forward Okpala has a lot of what the Warriors are looking for: length, versatility, a workable jump shot, solid slashing ability. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "NBA draft: Seven players Warriors might target, plus other names to know," 19 June 2019 There is a smoothness to Cousins—in the gentle stroke of his jump shot, in those single-motion passes, in his dribbling, even in his soft-seeming exterior and cleanly shaven head, bound, neatly, by a headband. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "DeMarcus Cousins and Narrative Whiplash in the N.B.A. Finals," 6 June 2019 His raw offensive game is a questionmark right now in most facets, and Bazley’s handle and jump shooting development will be the key areas to watch. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 60 Prospects," 27 June 2018 There are those close to the organization who believe Murray is a jump shot away from stardom. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "For Spurs’ Murray, summertime is no vacation," 27 Apr. 2018 The 6-5 guard is a strong defender and capable playmaker who needs to improve his jump shot from range. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons NBA draft grades: Analysts give thumbs up," 22 June 2018 His jump shot might be broken, though, and his decision-making skills are somewhat lacking. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 11.0: Trade Rumors and Final Picks for Both Rounds," 21 June 2018 Townsend said Azubuike will be working on his jump shot this summer. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "KU assistant Townsend sees a lot to like in hoops team after first week of drills," 11 June 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of jump shot

: a basketball shot made while jumping

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