Houston Rockets with Unusual Form No. 5: Marcus Camby
When it comes to the oddest shooting forms in NBA history, Marcus Camby would be in the Hall of Fame. The 6-11 center/power forward specialized in tough defense, leading the league in blocks per game four times over his 17-year career.
Camby certainly wasn’t too shabby on offense either, averaging 9.5 points per game over the course of his time in the NBA. By the time he found himself in Houston, Camby was 37-years old and one season away from retirement, but he was still effective in his limited time with the team.
One thing that never changed about Marcus was the unorthodox way in which he let the ball fly. He’s one of the few players in the league that actually might be easier to block from behind than from in front.
In a breakdown of the top 10 weirdest jump shots, NBA TV’s The Starters included Camby as number 10 in their countdown, which honestly might be kind of low. Some clips of his infamous jumper are included, starting at 15 seconds in:
With one of the slowest releases the game has ever seen, Camby’s jumper was far from pretty to watch. “It looks like he’s trying to shoot a medicine ball,” says basketball analyst J.E. Skeets in the clip, and that sounds about right.
Nevertheless, Camby still had a successful overall career and finished with 9,262 total points scored.