Fortunately, the absurd is funny, and ugly things can sometimes be just as amusing as beautiful things—especially when you group all those ridiculous ugly things together in one place. So that’s what we’re going here: grouping together a bunch of animated GIFs featuring some of the absolute worst shots that have ever been taken in the game of basketball. They’re so bad, you cannot help but laugh.
Take a look. You won’t regret it.
The Mavericks were so impressed with Harris when he played for the Jazz that they said, hey, we want you to come play for us again. So he did.
29. Devin Harris Sends It Via Airmail
And this is why big men don't shoot from the perimeter that much. It's kind of a low-percentage shot for them.
28. Just a Bit Short
Butler's Rotnei Clarke (now playing in Australia for the Wollongong Hawks—which I did not just make up) is a good basketball player. But even good basketball players blow it every once in a while.
27. Rotnei Airs It Out
Look at the smile of little #2 there. He thinks it's hilarious.
26. Free Throws Are HARD
Andris Biedrins: not good at free throws.
Seriously, check out his stats. They're all over the place, which suggests he just cannot figure it out. Last year he hit 30.8%, and the three year before that it was 11.1%, 32.3%, and 16%.
25. Nothing But Net
DeAndre Jordan: also not good at free throws.
Stick to the dunks, man.
Oh Desagana Diop. You're too much.
To the guy taking the shot: please, no more.
To the guy filming it: maybe you should have told him two girls were about the walk right underneath the basket...just in case he missed.
22. Trick Shot Fail
I hate to see anyone get injured, but if this girl was experiencing pain after this, she definitely earned it.
21. Just Dessert
I'm going to give this kid the benefit of the doubt and say he wasn't trying to hit a three-pointer from NBA range. He was trying to pass it to his teammate underneath the basket—which was pretty sneaky, really.
20. Terrible Shot, Or Brilliant Pass?
Arinze Onauku, you may look like Lebron with your little headband, but you are not Lebron.
19. Orange Brick
I'm not sure, but I think that's a balk.
18. Pump Fake at the Free Throw Line
Like his teammate DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin should probably stick to the monster jams.
17. Blake Tries a Three
Josh Smith transferred to Georgetown last January because the former all-conference freshman at UCLA saw his playing time diminished in his junior season.
I wonder if that had anything to do with this LAYUP AIRBALL?
16. Fat Guy Layup
When he was first elected, regardless of politics, President Obama was the cool president because he played hoops.
Then he did this.
15. Presidential Basketball Fail
If fairness to Obama, though, it happens to the best of them. Just look at Russell Westbrook's finger roll fail here. I'm surprised the referees didn't call this goaltending.
14. Westbrook Layup Fail
In the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament against Memphis, St. Mary's put on one of the most embarrassing shooting performances EVER.
There was this airball...
13. Something in His Eye
...aaaand there was this airball, which didn't even touch the net.
12. Is It Windy in Here?
And then this is how the game ended.
The crazy thing is, if the Gaels had made just one of the three horrible shots we just saw, they would have won. Hell, if they had just hit the rim on one of these shots they may have gotten an easy two off a rebound.
11. Seriously, St. Mary's, Just Stop
Well, that will teach him not to pay attention, won't it?
10. Backyard Hoops
I'm assuming this kid has an older brother. Otherwise, how did this wind up on the internet?
9. More Backyard Hoops
Did this girl sneeze or something? I love how her teammates down on the bench give no reaction whatsoever.
Seriously, who knew free throws were this hard?
7. Another Terrible Free Throw
Bill Simmons: good at writing, bad at basketball...which is pretty much what everyone assumes about sports writers. (We sports bloggers are even worse—we play basketball in our underwear in our mom's basement.)
6. Bill Simmons Basketball
Okay, I admit it—that's not actually Bill Simmons.
5. More Bill Simmons Basketball
Come on, Boshtrich, it's the All-Star game. Nobody is playing defense. Take your time, man.
4. Air Bosh
Last year, Dwight Howard was struggling at the free throw line so, for some reason, he decided to move about six inches back from the line.
Result? A free throw airball...by about six inches.
3. Dwight Howard Struggles at the Line
Gerald Wallace, can you not dunk a basketball? Good Lord, man.
(On the bright side, he did get his own rebound. So that's something.)
2. Ultimate Layup Fail
This one is about as bad as the one we saw earlier at no. 8. However, that was a high school girl, and this is a Division I basketball player. So yeah, this one is worse.
1. Worst. Free Throw. Ever.
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