How to Shoot a Basketball Like Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant is widely regarded as a premier shooter in the National Basketball Association. His shooting technique is flawless, his shot selection is superior to other players and his basketball mind and flair for the dramatic is unprecedented in the modern era. Basketball players of all ages can aspire to shoot like Bryant, and several elements of his game will lead you to become a better basketball shooter.

  1. Take good shots only. This sounds simple, but Bryant takes only shots that he has a high percentage of making. Rarely do you see Bryant force a shot or take one he hasn't practiced thousands of times.

  2. Maintain proper balance throughout the shot. Shooting off-balance shots is very difficult for basketball players at any level.

  3. Spread your feet so that they are shoulder width apart, and keep the weight distributed on the balls of your feet in an athletic position. Be ready to move at a moment's notice.

  4. Lift the ball so that your elbow is even with your forehead and the basketball is even with your ear. Bryant executes this position flawlessly every time.

  5. Release the ball with a snap of the wrist. Your follow through should extend out like you are waving good-bye to the basket.

  6. Impart end-over-end spin onto the basketball. As the ball leaves your fingertips and you are extending into your follow through, spin the ball backwards slightly so it rotates end-over-end in the air. This step differentiates Bryant from poor shooters at any level of basketball. Basketballs released with proper rotation have a much higher chance of going in.

  7. Practice this skill set daily to improve consistency. Bryant, according to NBA.com, spends his summers shooting more than 10,000 shots from a variety of angles, distances and positions on the court.


    Ingrain your fundamentals by adhering to the steps. Bryant, arguably, has the best fundamental shooting form in the NBA. Use his example to your advantage.


    Overextending practice sessions can lead to fatigue. Make sure you maintain your fundamentals in trying moments.

Things Needed

  • Basketball
  • Gym
  • Basketball hoop
  • Floor markings
  • Basketball shoes
  • Basketball clothing

About the Author

Lyle Stefanavich started writing professionally in 2005. His work has appeared in the "Olivet College Echo," "Battle Creek Enquirer," "The South End Newspaper," TellUsDetroit.com, "Warrior Within Magazine," "Dearborn Press and Guide," Dethoops.com, CSTV.com, and UCSHO.com, among other publications. Lyle holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Wayne State University and is pursuing his Master of Business Administration.