What is a splash in basketball?

A made shot that only touches the basketball net

In basketball, a splash is a shot that goes through the basket, only touching the net (similar to a swish) and making a splash effect. Most people associate a splash with a three-pointer, but it can be any made jump shot.

Origin of splash

It is unclear who coined splash, but players often used it in pick-up basketball games in the 2000s. Splash then gained prominence in the early 2010s with the rise of the "Splash Brothers," a nickname given to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, which Brian Witt, a writer for the Warriors website, coined in a December 21, 2012 tweet. Splash is representative of a good jump shot because the better the ball rotation and arc, the more dramatic the splash.

When do people use splash?

You will hear splash when watching a basketball game, probably an NBA game, and a player has a wet jump shot. Or, you may see splash online, especially on social sites like Twitter, where people are remarking about players' jump shots.


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Updated October 26, 2022

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