Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was well known for his trademark "skyhook", a hook shot in which he bent his entire body (rather than just the arm) like a straw in one fluid motion to raise the ball and then release it at the highest point of his arm's arching motion.
Combined with his long arms and great height—7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)—the skyhook was difficult for a defender to block without goaltending.
It was a reliable and feared offensive weapon and contributed to his high lifetime field goal percentage of 0.559.
He was adept at shooting the skyhook with either hand, which made him even more difficult to defend against, though as a right-handed player, he was stronger shooting the skyhook with his right hand than he was with his left.
According to Abdul-Jabbar, he learned the move in fifth grade after practicing with the Mikan Drill and soon learned to value it, as it was "the only shot I could use that didn't get smashed back in my face"
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