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MKG Working On His Jumper

Michael putting in summer work in Charlotte (via)

One may find it incredibly hard to critique a national champion who was selected number-two in the NBA draft, right below his teammate. When you think of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, you generally only conjure up his amazingly positive traits — heart of a warrior, insane athletic ability, strong desire to win, generous teammate, and all around stand-up guy. But you certainly never think, “Wow, he’s an amazing shooter.”

For Michael to each his potential, he’s got to perfect his shooting stroke. And by ‘perfect’, I mean completely fix that hitch in his shot. It seems his coaches and the Bobcats organization agree — MKG and his coaches have been putting in work to fix his jumpshot recently. The poor form is tough to watch, but he always seemed to make it when it counts. However, hitting a high percentage from the field in the NBA will be totally different task than in college.

Michael proved his critics wrong in the NBA summer league, doing incredibly well without revamping his jumper. I understand the concept of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks, along with the idea of having confidence in ‘your way’ and trying to perfect your own style (see: Shawn Marion). But MKG has an opportunity to be one of the best in the league.

He may need to bite the bullet, completely break down his shooting form, and start from scratch. It may be a blow to his pride, but if MKG developed a smooth, deadly stroke, he could be a top 10 player in the league within two years. It will take hard work and a lot of dedication to re-teaching his muscles that motor memory, but it will pay dividends down the road. I am glad his coaches see this.

I feel like a lot of people kept harping on this as John Wall’s major fault, and while he supposedly put a lot of work into fixing it, his underwhelming sophomore season with the Wizards showed that sometimes it truly is hard to teach an old dog new tricks, especially when shooting a ball ‘his’ way is something he’d be doing for years and years. MKG will have his chance in his rookie season to show the world that those who succeed at the highest level are those who can adapt well.

Article written by Chris Thomas

9 Comments for MKG Working On His Jumper

  1. David Stern
    6:13 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    A top ten player in two years? MKG is great and he’s one of the more driven, hard-working young basketball players to come around in a while. And he certainly has all the tools to be a future all-star. If he finds a jumper he has the whole package maybe. But seriously a top ten player in two years? Take it easy for a minute. You can’t put that on him when he hasn’t even played in his first NBA game yet.

  2. Oz10
    6:18 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    Its not that his form is bad it’s just the hesitation toward the peak. Sometimes it looks like he double clutches and brings it back again. If the coaches can cut that out his jumper is already smooth

  3. MKG=MVP
    6:26 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    Disagree…his form is bad AND he sometimes double clutches, as you’ve mentioned. I am very suspicious that he is cross-eye-dominant; he is right handed, but his left eye is dominant. His FT form, in particular, leads me to believe this as he actually brings the ball to his left as he’s coming up.

    I do believe he can and will be an all star player, but he’s got to fix the shot in order to a true franchise player like he ought to be.

    MKG is 1B on my all time list, with Derek Anderson being 1A.

  4. He Hate Me
    7:06 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    Somebody tell that to John “Brick” Wall…

  5. SeaCat
    9:01 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    a player can’t change his shot after 16 years of age.
    because it becomes hard wired in the cerebellum,
    the part of the brain that subconsciously controls
    200 muscles at once.

  6. Randy Marsh
    9:10 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    #5 – I’m not so sure about that. Tiger Woods has undergone three swing changes in his professional career, and a golf swing is all about muscle memory – arguably more complex than a jump shot. It’s not easy, but it can be done. In the photo above it looks like MKG just needs to get the ball higher, out of his field of vision. It could be the way the picture was taken, however.

  7. Jump Shot Guru
    9:16 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    Very low release for the NBA. Ball should be above head level.

  8. cracka
    11:34 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    in the pic his left hand has already begun to come off the ball for his follow through … his right elbow is too low, it should be above his shoulder

  9. Will S
    9:00 am September 20, 2012 Permalink

    MKG is awesome and I can’t wait for him to suit up for my Bobcats. If he does correct that jumper he could end up being a perrenial all-star in the league. Much love.