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

Examples of jump shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his jump shot looked better Saturday, making both of his 3-point attempts. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Emoni Bates, Frankie Collins and the prospect no one knows about: Observations from Texas," 10 Jan. 2021 The Magic were up 74-66 after a Gordon jump shot with 8:32 left in the third quarter before the Wizards went on a 17-6 run over a 3:02 stretch to reclaim the lead. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Markelle Fultz leads Magic to road win over Wizards," 26 Dec. 2020 Rob Hammer was mesmerized by a wicked-passing, jump shot-draining player. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Blown away by Larry Bird's childhood hoop, he traveled 200,000 miles in search of more," 6 Dec. 2020 Elite defensive potential could turn into super stardom if his jump shot develops. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "NBA mock draft: From Wolves top pick to where Minnesotans Oturu, Nnaji go," 18 Nov. 2020 Okoro is similar to some of the players the Oklahoma City Thunder selected while Troy Weaver was there — athletic, skilled and defense-minded, but needs to develop his jump shot. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons should pick Killian Hayes. NBA agent turned draft expert explains why," 23 Oct. 2020 Obviously with how much Ross relies on his jump shot and leaping ability to fuel his offensive game, the Magic will have to proceed carefully. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic guard Terrence Ross being held out of contact work with toe injury," 7 Dec. 2020 Ball might be the No. 1 draft pick Wednesday, his jump shot needs work. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "How LaMelo Ball went from misunderstood to can't-miss NBA draft pick," 17 Nov. 2020 Kerr and multiple players noted in recent days that Poole was a staple at the practice facility this past summer, working with coaches on his ballhandling, defense and jump shot. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Four things we learned from Warriors’ offseason minicamp," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of jump shot

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Jump shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jump%20shot. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jump shot

: a basketball shot made while jumping

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