There are many misconceptions about how a half court shot works and what is important in shooting a half court shot. The following is an example of the incorrect explanation.
When a ball is dropped from point a to point b, the ball is dropped from point a to point b in the same manner as any other shot. If this is the first shot of the game, the shooting team chooses to keep it in the half court at the same time that the defense is setting up to attack Point a’s defense, therefore all defenders are in position to defend the shot. The defense can then move to attack the shot so the ball is set up for a layup.
This is the opposite of what actually happens. After the first shot, players usually drop it on their own. Because the ball is initially in play in its original position, the players are usually unsure how best to defend it. Because they are not sure if they should set up to shoot or hold, they try to go around shooting. This makes the defenders more aggressive and makes it more likely that a defender will make a mistake.
With the half court shot, the shot stays in the half court until defenders attack Point B’s defense or the offense goes back to the half court. The defense is still going to go after the ball, so it’s more likely someone will miss their shot because of the uncertainty around where the defense is going to attack from. Players may also try to go to the basket for easier shots, or they may try to try and take shots before they become apparent to defenders.
Why do some shots go in while others don’t? Here is a simple example of a half court shot that goes in, and why:
A. The ball goes in as expected.
B. Someone misses a shot and doesn’t have a good enough attempt to go in.
C. Someone misses a shot and the defense is trying to make it easy for their opponent.
D. A defender tries to force a missed shot.
For this shot, the ball doesn’t go in because someone misses a shot before it is apparent to defenders if someone tries to go for it. Instead, the ball is going in because someone misses a shot and defenders are trying to make it easy for their opponent to score. This type of shot is easier and more profitable on offense.
Why does the defending team get the ball back immediately after the half court shot is made? The ball goes in automatically once a half