Originally Posted by 9512
My tip is don't try to imitate some other players. What they are doing works for them and not necessarily for you.
Even if your shot is not aesthetically pleasing as Ray Allen's, work on the mechanics that most comfortable, most efficient, and most successful to you even if it looks "dorky."
Probably two of the biggest mistakes young players make (and I'm sure I made) is starting out to far from the hoop and copying NBA players. Start close so your forced to shoot up. Always finish with your elbow above your eyes and work on proper form.
If you watch players like Allen or Kobe you'll notice their forms aren't picture perfect but they can shoot thousands of shots a day with a rebounder