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Best mechanics in sports

To be an elite athlete, one needs skill, discipline and a little bit of luck

Updated: June 16, 2011, 1:15 PM ET
By Amy Parlapiano | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the June 27, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine. Click each athlete's name for an exclusive video, and see photos from Carlos Serrao's shoots for The Mag here.

BEST JUMP SHOT: Stephen Curry, Guard, Golden State Warriors

"What makes my shot stand out is my balance -- and my quick release. The feet are the foundation of a good jumper; if you're not square and balanced, your shot's not going to be the way you practiced. In the NBA, the size and speed are different ...

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