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Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports

An official journal of the American Statistical Association

Editor-in-Chief: Rigdon, Steve

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The anatomy of the bank shot in men’s basketball

Larry M. Silverberg
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Published Online: 2013-03-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jqas-2012-0050

Abstract

A detailed study of the bank shot trajectory was performed with a focus on breaking it down into its significant features. The bank shot’s effectiveness was examined in terms of the player’s ability to accurately impart launch speed, back spin, pitch angle, and side angle. It was shown that the bank shot is more forgiving than the direct shot in launch speed and launch angle and has about the same level of forgiveness in side angle at particular locations on the court. This paper concludes that the bank shot can be extremely advantageous over the direct shot to the shooter who learns how to accurately impart side angle.

Keywords: basketball; bank shot; trajectory

References

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  • Silverberg, L. M., C. M. Tran, and T. M. Adams. 2011. “Optimal Targets for the Bank Shot in Men’s Basketball.” Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports 7(1): Article 3.Google Scholar

  • Tran, C. M. and L. M. Silverberg. 2008. “Optimal Launch Conditions for the Free Throw in Men’s Basketball.” Journal of Sports Sciences 26(11): 1147–1155.Web of ScienceGoogle Scholar

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Corresponding author: Larry M. Silverberg, Box 7910, Rm 3234, Centennial Campus, 911 Oval Drive, North Carolina State University, Department of MAE, Raleigh, NC 27695-7910, USA, Tel.: +919 515 5665, Fax: +919 515 7968


Published Online: 2013-03-30


Citation Information: Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, ISSN (Online) 1559-0410, ISSN (Print) 2194-6388, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jqas-2012-0050.

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