Oklahoma City Thunder: Why some NBA players avoid launching a last-second shot

Many players often pass on hoisting halfcourt shots at the end of periods. They might release it, but if you pay close attention you'll notice a trend. Some players purposely wait for the game clock to expire before letting the shot go. That way they're not charged with a shot attempt.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 14, 2013
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry had just made a pair of free throws with five-tenths of a second showing on the third-quarter clock against the Thunder on Friday night.

Steven Adams inbounded the ball to Reggie Jackson, who received it standing just below the free-throw line. Jackson quickly turned and threw a 79-foot shot at the rim.

Jackson had been shooting 50 percent before that fling. Three of his four misses had already come from behind the 3-point line.

“I don't care,” Jackson said.

The Thunder was ahead by 20.

“At all,” he added.

Jackson has launched six shots from at least 30 feet out this season, according to nba.com/stats. Five of those have come from 40 feet and beyond.

They're end-of-quarter prayers — either halfcourt heaves or three-quarter court chucks, flings that Jackson clearly isn't afraid to let fly.

“It's a chance to make a shot,” Jackson deadpanned. “Why not take it? I don't know why so many people play the percentage game. You can't make a shot if you don't take it before the half ends or the quarter. I just try to give my team a chance to put more points on the board.”

Jackson is a bit of a rare breed.

Many players often pass on hoisting halfcourt shots at the end of periods. They might release it, but if you pay close attention you'll notice a trend. Some players purposely wait for the game clock to expire before letting the shot go. That way they're not charged with a shot attempt that has a low chance of actually going in.

Kevin Durant has done this several times this season. The shot will leave his hands but not in time to be scored as a field-goal attempt.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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