Dallas Mavericks: Top Five Fadeaway Shooters in NBA History
By Kohl Rast
The NBA has had a lot of special players throughout the years, but only a few have perfected the fadeaway jump shot. Has anyone ever done it better than Dirk Nowitzki?
The NBA is full of great shooters and each one has their own unique style. Although a lot of players have similar shots and have copied moves from other players, the unique style of each player is one of the things that makes the game of basketball so exciting. Even when comparing something like the best fadeaway shot, it isn’t always clear which one is better.
This list is definitely a little bit biased and could easily be disputed, but I will try to explain my criteria before we get into it.
First, there is the reliability of the shot. This one is based on my personal rankings of how frequently these players can turn to this shot and be successful with it. This is the most important criteria of all.
Second, is the dependence on the shot. This one is important because a lot of players have good fadeaway shots, but only some took the time to center their game around that particular shot. This isn’t as important as the shots reliability, but if you only see the shot once or twice a game then it really shouldn’t be considered as one of the best.
Third, is the iconic criteria. This one is not as important but it definitely plays a part. Each one of these players has a fadeaway shot that will be remembered, but only a couple have one that is synonymous with their name.
The tiebreaker is the uniqueness of the shot. In other words, if one player has a similar fadeaway to another player on this list, the originator has to take the cake.
That is everything I based the decision off of. Hopefully my list isn’t too far from most (outside of ESPN employees).