Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson, who has been playing with the Canadian national team, has had a relatively significant change of heart about his game. He has decided to change his shooting hand.
The burgeoning Canadian NBA star, a left-handed shooter for his entire basketball career, has decided to use his right hand to shoot jump shots and free throws.
Thompson’s decision comes after careful deliberation. He’s naturally almost perfectly “multi-handed” if not purely ambidextrous. He grew up shooting with his left-hand and driving the ball predominantly to his left, but he throws a baseball with his right hand. He writes left-handed but brushes his teeth with his right-hand.
“I’m all messed up,” Thompson joked. “I’m still trying to figure myself out.”
This is obviously very surprising, and it’s questionable whether it’s even been done in the NBA. Most players who play with their back to the basket or can get to the rim by driving are generally able to use both hands when finishing layups or hook shots. But to switch your shooting hand? That sounds a little crazy. If you’ve ever shot a basketball, you’ve probably tried shooting it with your off-hand too, which more likely than not results in an airball. We’ll just have to wait and see whether Thompson can make it work and improve on his 0.608 free throw percentage.