Chris Ballard makes the argument in The Art of a Beautiful Game that pure shooting is the game’s rarest skill.
As I assisted a college program with their recruiting this season and watched more games than usual, it is hard to find a great shooter. On the girl’s side, it is easy to find a quick guard or a 6’0 forward or even a 6’3 post. However, finding a great shooter is very difficult.
If you think about Ballard’s argument, there are generally 2-5 180 Shooters each season in the NBA (even fewer if you go by the more difficult 90/50/40 designation). However, how many NBA guys can sky for slam dunks? Expert shooting is a rarer skill than the extreme athleticism illustrated by players like Josh Smith, Nate Robinson, LeBron James and others.
At every camp that I attended, coaches told the players that if we could defend, we could make the team. If you are an expert shooter, you can make the team.
To learn more about my approach to shooting, check out 180 Shooter for my team and individual training packages, as well as my e-book, 180 Shooter: 5 Steps to Shooting 90% from the Free Throw Line, 50% from the Floor and 40% from the 3-pt Line.