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NBA Basketball 101: Learn how to hone in on your shooting skills


In last month's article, we learned how to play without the basketball in our hands.

This month, we'll learn the importance of being able to catch and shoot.

Being able to shoot and shoot well has become an essential part of today's game. Some of the best teams in the NBA feature some of the best shooters in the league. And some of the best players in the NBA have become some of the best shooters.

Nothing gets done without hard work and practice, so if you're not a good shooter today, don't worry. We'll get there. Practice and repetition is the key to become a good shooter.

When LeBron James came into the league as a rookie, he wasn't known as a great shooter. Now, through the work he's put in on his shooting, he's gone from shooting 29.0 percent from 3-point range in his rookie year to 36.8 percent this season.

Toronto Raptors center Chris Boucher is another example of what hard work can do for your shooting. Earlier in Boucher's career, he struggled to shoot 3s well, but this season he's been one of the best and most consistent three-point shooters on the Raptors. Boucher's constant practice turned him from a 32.2 percent 3-point shooter to a 41.4 percent shooter from downtown.

With the help of some young ballers, Jr. NBA Coach Jeremiah Boswell put together a video to show you how you can work on your shooting.

This drill teaches you the proper balance and how to square up to the basket after being on the move.

It's a great way to continue to evolve your game and take it to the next level.

Click the player above for the drill.

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