What does Splash mean in Basketball?

A basketball shot that only hits the net is referred to as ‘Splash’

In the world of basketball, the term ‘Splash’ refers to a shot that goes straight through the basket, merely touching the net and creating a splash-like effect. This can be equated to the term ‘swish’ used commonly in basketball lingo. Though it is often associated with a three-pointer shot, it can be used to describe any successful jump shot.

The origin of the term ‘splash’ is a bit uncertain, but it was frequently used in casual basketball games during the 2000s. The term gained wider recognition in the early 2010s with the emergence of two players, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, referred to as the “Splash Brothers“. This nickname was initially used by Brian Witt, a writer for the Warriors website, in a tweet he posted on December 21, 2012.

The term ‘splash’ is indicative of a good jump shot. The more accurate the ball rotation and arc, the more dramatic the splash will be. You’re likely to hear the term used during a basketball game, particularly an NBA game, when a player makes an impressive jump shot.

Outside of the basketball court, you may come across the term ‘splash’ on the internet, notably on social media platforms like Twitter. Here, fans and enthusiasts use it to comment on and discuss the quality of players’ jump shots.

Example for using ‘Splash’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that shot? It was a total splash! πŸ€πŸ’¦

Yeah, that was amazing! It went straight through the net without touching anything else. Splash! πŸ™Œ

I wish I could shoot like that. It’s so satisfying to watch. 🀩

Definitely! Splash shots always get the crowd hyped up. It’s like art in motion. 🎨