Lift And Flick
July 22, 2016
Elena Delle Donne
The 2016 MVP details the technique behind her infamous jump shot.
For me, everything is about simplicity. So when I shoot a jump shot, I want my arm to be in the same place every single time, because in a game your feet are never going to be the same — you might be pushed off balance, you might be fading away. But if I can get my arm to a 90-degree angle, all I have to do is lift and flick, which usually puts me in a good position to make the shot.
It’s also about intuition. I like to turn my body a bit to the right on my jump shot and get my shoulder tucked and my feet underneath my shoulders. But I don’t worry about my feet too much because who knows where they’re going to be in a game. From there, I get that 90-degree angle. Everybody has the flick. But being tall means I’m able to get my jump shot off in areas where shorter players not be able. I can use my length and just kind of elevate over the defense. Lift and flick; that’s my thing.