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The Washington Post recently ran an interesting article about NBA players who can’t hit free throws. Not being able to make a free throw is possibly the most embarrassing thing a basketball player can fail out, equivalent to a baseball player who can’t throw (note to John Wall). Unlike in baseball, however, the free throw blunder affects many players every game for the entire season. When we look at players who, for the season, are averaging greater than 15 minutes and 1 free throw attempt per game, Andre Drummond is the worst of the bunch. Over the season, he has attempted 2+ throws and been successful at a clip of .406, which is Ben Wallace-esque in its awfulness. Here is a list of other players who hit less than 60% of their shots from the free throw line:

2. DeAndre Jordan – 25 MPG, .417 FT%, 3 FTA
3. Maurice Harkless - 18 MPG, .435 FT%, 1 FTA
4. Ronnie Brewer – 20 MPG, .441 FT%, 1 FTA
5. Brendan Haywood - 22 MPG, .462 FT%, 1 FTA
6. Bismack Biyombo – 26 MPG, .500 FT%, 2 FTA
7. Dwight Howard – 36 MPG, .513 FT%, 10 FTA
8. Josh Smith – 35 MPG, .519 FT%, 4 FTA
9. James Johnson – 18 MPG, .529 FT%, 1 FTA
10. JaVale McGee – 19 MPG, .560 FT%, 3 FTA

Honorable mentions: Omer Asik (31 MPG, .571 FT%, 4 FTA), Al Horford (37 MPG, .586 FT%, 3 FTA), Thaddeus Young (36 MPG, .591 FT%, 3 FTA)

Happy New Year to all of you at there on planet Earth. Regular recaps will resume tomorrow, January 2, 2013. 

13 Responses

  1. ETMcgee says:
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    I’m certain that these bums could shoot 65%+ if they shot underhand. I’m sure they don’t shoot that way b/c they would be embarrassed, but they should realize it is far more embarrassing to brick 50-60% of their free throws….

    • prezii says:
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      @ETMcgee: ive been saying this exact thing about andres beidrins for the last 5 years… This guy comes to tears every time he has to go to the stripe… Followed by an air ball..

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:
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        @prezii: Guys that can’t hit FT should at least aim for the square on the backboard. It’s there for a reason, right?

  2. anthony says:
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    12 teams, 7 keepers, H2H most categories…

    Which duo would you like to help win this year and star long term?

    Rondo ($41) and Gallinari ($21) or Carmelo ($49) and Lin ($22)

    I’d be getting Rondo/Galli, but am confused…Thanks for any help man.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @anthony: To win this year, I’d rather have the Carmelo side. Long term? Probably Rondo side.

  3. prezii says:
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    Hey man, got a couple spots in a log jam.. can you pick two for my last utility spots for wednesday?

    Jor crawford, kawhi, IT2 and gee… Thanks!!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @prezii: Crawford, Gee.

  4. Mike says:
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    H2H, 8 Team League, 9Cat

    I have these guys:

    Guards: Westbrook, Jennings, Conley, Kidd, Afflalo, Lin
    Forwards: Durant, Love, Anthony Davis, Gerald Wallace
    Center: Hibbert, Gortat, Monroe

    I usually win the 3pts, points, rebounds, assist, steals, blks cats.

    I was just offered Mayo and Hickson for Monroe.
    The other offer is Mayo and Bosh for Monroe Kidd and Wallace. Thoughts?

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike:
      Another offer was actually Deron Williams for Hibbert and Gerald Wallace. This one I’m really liking ROS

      • ChrisV

        ChrisV says:
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        @Mike: I would definitely do this one. Not the other offers.

        • Mike says:
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          @ChrisV:
          You dont like Monroe for Mayo + Hickson ROS?

          • ChrisV

            ChrisV says:
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            @Mike: Oh, yeah, I’d be okay with that. I misread it as Monroe & Hickson for Mayo. Who would you drop?

            • Mike says:
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              @ChrisV:

              I’d do Hibbert and Wallace trade first then trade Monroe for Hickson and Mayo.

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