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Becoming a better basketball player doesn’t happen overnight. It involves serious work, discipline, dedication, and the love of the game to become a high performing player. The Golden State Warriors seem to have several players who perform at their peak consistently.

The (Swish) Splash Brothers

Step Curry and Klay Thompson are frequently called the “Splash Brothers” because their shots go through the basket so perfectly that the ball only hits the net and the net kicks or splashes back up through the rim like waves in the ocean. I’ve called them the “Swish Brothers” because that’s the sound that their shots make going through the net — “swish”!   I’d wondered how they alone seemed (to me) to shoot so perfectly, so consistently. I am still a kid when it comes to learning new stuff. It excites me.

Trajectory Detection and Feedback System

While, I am certain those in the game know about Noah Basketball Technology and Training, I recently learned about it listening to an interview with the inventor Alan Marty, Executive Officer and Chairman of Pillar Vision, Incorporated. He said he was trying to find a way to teach his daughter to improve her basketball game.  He invented a trajectory detection and feedback system while working on his MBA at Stanford. The program improves basketball shooting percentages consistently over time. He said the perfect trajectory for a 3-pointer is a 45 degree angle. Step Curry shoots his at “a 46 degree angle, perhaps to shoot over taller players,” he said.

The Secret to the Perfect Shot

While there are several areas a serious player needs to work on consistently, none can be more important than shooting skills.  Noah Basketball offers, what is said to be, the only basketball shooting aid that can correctly measure the arc and depth of every shot taken.  At the same time, it provides instant audio feedback to the shooter. The instant feedback permits the shooter to immediately adapt and correct the next shot. This process builds muscle memory and instills confidence within the shooter. Over time, one can learn to shoot the perfect shot from any position on the court.

For many years Noah Basketball has been collecting data on basketball players from middle school, high school, college and the NBA. It now has data on tens of thousands of players at all levels of the game.  They have also conducted extensive research with top universities.  All of these studies led them to create a “one of a kind” automated shooter that can simulate any player.

Step and Klay May Seem Like Exceptions

The folks at Noah Basketball say that they have determined what makes a great basketball shooter great.  I was fascinated by what I learned.  Less than a half dozen NBA teams are using the technology and the NBA will not allow it to be used in the stadium where the teams play.  But, I am willing to bet that every serious player has the complete line of aids on their personal court.

Whether in high school, college or the NBA, I believe every player and program could benefit from this technology. Step and Klay may seem like exceptions, but with determination, hard work, a little science, and a lot of money, you or your player can make the ball go “swish” or “splash” through the net, too. Read more about Noah Basketball.

* J Thomas Smith is host of “Sunday Morning Live” on KMJQ/Majic 102.1 (9-11 am) ( He is an attorney (, author (, keynote speaker and mental health consultant (www.jthomassmithsap). Your feedback is welcomed at Follow on Twitter @drjtsmith102