Coaches will tell you “don’t leave the ground without a plan in your head.” Which is smart advice… except we see NBA players change their mind mid-air all the time and make spectacular plays.
There is a flip side to that, however.
See the Bucks’ Brandon Knight for an example. Late in the second quarter of the Bucks eventual win over the Pacers he went up looking to shoot, changed his mind mid-air, then just loses all mental focus and coordination, which leads to just a mess of a pass and him falling down.
Shaq is going to have fun with that one on Inside the NBA.
To balance this out, Knight did have 23 points to lead the Bucks in getting the win.