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Lift And Flick

Lift And
Flick

Elena Delle Donne

JULY 22, 2016

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.

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