Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 11:40 am  |  29 responses

John Wall Explains How He Fixed His Jumpshot

After enlisting the help of a trainer and a shooting specialist last summer, John Wall worked the kinks out of his jumper. The results this season have been rather impressive. Wall explains what he did to develop a J that’s becoming increasingly wet. Per the WaPo: “A naturally explosive player, Wall used his speed and athleticism to give him an advantage in nearly everything he did on the court, except when he left the ground to shoot a jumper. Wall elevated in slow motion, as if he had taken is finger off the fast forward button. He would lean, kick out his leg or hesitate, which led to a hitch in his release. ‘If I shot it, I shot like I was a lights out shooter, fadeaway, no follow through,’ Wall said, shaking his head, as he discussed his career-high 47-point game on Monday in the Wizards’ 107-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Wall mixed in some fadeaways, and step-back fallaways against Memphis once he established a decent groove. But the reason he made 10 or his 13 field goals from the perimeter on his career night is because of the lessons he learned while working with trainer Rob McClanaghan and former Wizards shooting coach and New York Knicks assistant Dave Hopla last summer. McClanaghan advised Wall to go straight up and down and follow through, while Hopla did the same while getting him to remove his guide hand from the ball sooner. ‘Main thing for me is using speed and shooting on the way up,’ Wall said. ‘I used to shoot on the way down and if you want to become a better shooter, it doesn’t work that way.’ Before developing a workout program for Wall, McClanaghan watched film of the former No. 1 overall pick and noticed how teams would roll under screens and back off, daring him to take a jump shot. [...] ‘Just confidence,’ Wall said. ‘If I miss a couple, I don’t get down on myself. Teams are going to go under the screen to see if I could make them and after I made a few they had to change how they were guarding me.’”

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  • Caboose

    Wait, it took him this long to realize that you shouldn’t release the ball when you’re on the way down from your jump? He’s played for some stellar coaches….

  • AjFromTheDMV

    I’ve watched every game of this mans career incluing his 3-43 shooting from deep last season. I saw every brick, clang, & shots that would hit the side/top of the backcourt. His jumper was ok in college & decent to start his rookie season, but Flip Saunders didn’t have confidence in his J & somewhere along the way he totally lost confidence in his shot. Fans would litterally cringe when he would rise up with that slow/ugly release. He’s got his high school/Uk days swag back & he’s a totally different player now. JW is way more aggressive in the halfcourt, he changes speeds more, & doesn’t rely on fastbreaks as much as he used to. He still has to keep tos down & continue to work on p & r D, but that shouldn’t be a problem since he’s going to work out with Gary Payton this summer. (;

  • Max

    He’s gonna be a nightmare.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    dumb coaches at lower levels see a player like him and shy away from trying to fix anything, out of fear that they will upset him and lose him as a loyal player.

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  • LP

    when he shoots the ball, it looks like it “sticks” to his hand…he has fixed it, still got some work to do….

  • SmokeWeed

    Wall>>>>Irving..going forward JWall has everything on KI aised from the deadly J. Soon Come for John though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    dumb coaches at lower levels and Flip Saunders*

  • spit hot fiyah

    tyreke and mkg are suffering from the same problem
    feels like these guys should know this just from playing video games

  • http://twitter.com/AdonKay Adnan K

    I always find it really weird to see super speedy guards with slow motion jumpers….. guys like Jeff Teague, Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul…. shooting, well at least the basic form of it is something you need to perfect by the time you’re done high school, otherwise it will take years to fix. Because up until that point roughly around the same time you stop growing, up until then is when your body rapidly accepts and has the ability to learn anything you throw at it…. after then, it just sort of drops off massively…. It’s the years where your mind is an absolute sponge, when you can learn a whole new language without even developing an accent, and if you can do that, then a simple jumper will definitely stick…


    like the rest of us loooool thats true

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and Kyrie Irving’s brain. Which is the biggest aspect of all of this.
    Irving is the future of the PG position. Wall is just one of the few guys who has a chance at surpassing him. A chance.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Flip Saunders isn’t a shooting coach. I realize the stock reaction is to blame everything on the head coach, but that wasn’t his issue. That’s their shooting coaches issue once he got to the NBA.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Wall is already a better passer and much better defender. I think you’re off base.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    oops, sorry Flip my bad

  • bike

    I always have to keep reminding myself how young these guys are now that come into the league. It does seem hard to believe that these guys are just now learning some of the basics but that is partly a function of being an athletic freak at such an early age that didn’t need to know some fundamentals to dominate in AAU and HS ball.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Irving is still a considerably better offensive player. The passing thing is true, but Irving is still much more efficient, and much more likely to get your team a basket when he has the ball. And while Wall is still a better defender, his reputation on that end is being very overblown. He’s good, and has much more defensive potential. But he still struggles against the better PG’s. I mean, Deron Williams did just destroy him. His opponent PER is actually higher than Irving’s. It’s not like he’s an elite defender by any sort of stretch.

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    When I was in high school people would tell me i shoot like tyreke evans… i started working on fixing my jumper ASAP!!

    his shot is so ugly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    LeBron employed the same tactics to fix his jumpshot.

  • SmokeWeed

    In what way is irving more efficient? Number dont tell that story at all and niether do the effieciency rankings.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes it does. do you not know how to read?


    Higher PER (player efficiency rating) – Higher True Shooting % – Higher Effective FG % – Higher Offensive Rating – Lower Turnover % – Higher Usage %. Higher win shares.


    In every way there is to measure efficiency, Kyrie is superior.

  • TR

    No one is more shocked by the J.Wall scoring outburst than me.

  • AJ

    it’s not that he “didn’t know”…he just developed the habit and it stuck. If it was “effective” we wouldn’t even be talking about his form (i.e. reggie miller).

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  • nhm

    it will all depend on how these two young PGs avoid injury….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You could say that about anyone

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    the Wizards would appreciate that.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Ok. I like Kyrie, he is amazing. But I feel like people are sleeping on what Wall can do. I felt like with the right coaching he could jump into that elite tier of point guards.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    trust me, i am not sleeping on John Wall. I spent all of last week trying to show how he’s been better than Damian Lillard. While also being younger. I think he’s the future of the position, i just don’t think he’ll be as good as Irving. Unless, as you just pointed out, he is fortunate to get the right coaching.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Wall does surpass him, for the record. I just don’t think it’s more likely he does, then doesn’t. I’d say like 54% more likely Irving ends up the better player. 46% Wall.