5 Former Houston Rockets that had unusual shooting forms

Kevin Martin (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Kevin Martin (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Kevin Martin (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Everyone has their own unique way of shooting, but some former Houston Rockets had some head-scratching shot forms throughout their NBA careers.

One of the great things about NBA basketball is how every single player is unique. There are guys that have silky smooth-looking jumpers from 30-feet out while others can barely hold the ball correctly if they’re shooting outside of six feet. The Houston Rockets have had their share of both throughout their history.

From past sharp-shooters like Kenny Smith to guys like Clint Capela that never set foot outside the paint, the Rockets have been home to a wide variety of shooters and scorers. While much of the current roster can hit from just about anywhere past halfcourt, that definitely hasn’t been the case in the past.

Some players on this list certainly shot better than others, but the one thing they all have in common is that they’d turn heads every time they took a jump shot. Here are five past Houston Rockets that had a less-than-conventional shooting form throughout their NBA careers, in no particular order.

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Houston Rockets with Unusual Form No. 1: Kevin Martin

He shot 43.7 percent for his career, including 38.4 percent from three, but there’s no doubt Kevin Martin had one of the oddest-looking shots in NBA history. Martin was one of those borderline All-Star players throughout his 12-year career, putting up season scoring averages of 24.6, 23.7 and 23.5 points per game in that span.

Martin had a successful stint with the Rockets from 2009-12, averaging 21.3 points per game on 43 percent shooting, maintaining his reputation from his Sacramento days as a high-volume scorer.

Kevin’s jump shot was devastating throughout his time in the league, but his form was always interesting, to say the least.

It’s subtle, but Martin would always bring the ball to his hip just before launching it off. Oftentimes, he would even put the ball at hip level and then swing it across to his shooting hand as part of his shooting motion.

Fortunately, Kevin had a knack for being able to make up for his slow shooting motion, so he wasn’t blocked as often as you would think from watching how he shot.

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