Usually, I am not impressed with half-court shots. The bevy of NBA blogs have gone “cuckoo for Coco Puffs” for the past three weeks with looking at half-court shots.
To be honest, we should not really be too surprised since most of these players can palm a basketball like we palm an orange. Half-courters from Lebron, Ray Allen and Kobe should not really be too surprising.
However, I came across the half-court shot of guard Steve Blake against the San Antonio Spurs from Wednesday night.
The way that Blake had to manuever around Roger Mason Jr. of the Spurs is pretty impressive. You also have to take into account that Blake is only 6’3 (that is honestly be generous to say the least)and the arch of his shots are simply insane.
Here is another half-court shot from 2007 against the Charlotte Bobcats:
Again, the degree of difficulty was pretty large since there were two taller Bobcat defenders and trying to get a solid set shot from half-court. You try to throw up a half-court shot with two taller people in front of you, even with space it is difficult.
In the end, the half-court shot is simply something that will continue to be overplayed by Sportscenter, NBA blogs, and other general web sites. Give credit to Steve Blake’s degree of difficulty when he hits his.