Optimization of of Basketball Shot

Essay by folodanHigh School, 12th gradeA+, November 2014

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Basketball is a popular sport that originated in Canada and invented by James Naismith in 1891 when he desired to keep his students active during the winter season as their access to outdoor sports was limited by the harsh weather. Since the establishment of this activity, the universal game has spread to countries globally and attracts millions of athletic enthusiasts. As a result, competition to become the best basketball player has tremendously intensified over the past era. The environment of the game orthodoxly consists of two nets, both being 10 feet tall, located on a court, with dimensions of 94 feet by 50 feet (Basketball Court Dimensions). There are two teams and both teams select 5 players to compete on the court. Players try to shoot the basketball into the opposing basketball net. Shots sunk from outside the three point line count for three points. Shots sunk from within the three point line count for two points.

When a player is fouled during the process of shooting, they are attributed two free throws (three free throws if fouled outside the three point line). In other cases, if players commit certain fouls, the opposing team is awarded 1 or 2 free throw(s) in regards to the severity of the foul (Note that the list of the fouls that result in free throws will not be mentioned as it is irrelevant to the objective of this investigation). For many basketball players, the inability to sink free throws is a devastating obstacle that prevents them from exceling and winning games. Surprisingly, even professional basketball players suffer from this flaw. For instance, Dwight Howard is a NBA player on the Houston Rockets who has made 7 All Star appearances. However, throughout his career, he averages a mere 57.7% free throw percentage...