by Zettler Clay
Being that this is the NBA Finals and one of its shining participants, Shawn Marion, has one of the most unorthodox shots you’ll ever see, Howard Beck of the New York Times dedicated over 1,200 words to figuring out the art — loosely speaking — of how a man has been able to not only survive, but thrive on the top basketball stage in the world with what appears to be an underdeveloped (to put it nicely) jump shot.
Marion isn’t the only NBA player who has managed to make a career with such glaring shortcomings, but he is arguably the most successful (four-time All-Star, over 15,000 points). I’m willing to cut him some slack though, because not too long ago, there was another ultimate shooting eye-sore, on a championship team nonetheless. None other than Mr. Bill Cartwright:
Granted, Cartwright wasn’t launching 20-foot shots with regularity like Marion was in his Phoenix days. But still, it’s pretty hard to top that heave.
What sayeth you, hoop heads? What NBA player in recent memory gives Mr. Marion a run for his money?