The Denver Nuggets are making 69.9 percent of their free throws. Which is not good, even if there are two teams that are worse (Charlotte and Detroit, thank you Andre Drummond).
Coach Brian Shaw was using his head trying to come up with ways to get the team to shoot better from the stripe, when he decided to use his head literally. From Jeff Caplan of NBA.com via Sulia:
“What I did was I joked with the guys that the safest place in the building to stand when we’re at the free throw line is right underneath the net,” Shaw said. “So I gave everybody on the team basically a chance to shoot a free throw with myself standing under the net with my hands down, where if they made it the ball would hit me on top of the head.”
Guessing Shaw didn’t learn that one from Phil Jackson.
Ty Lawson gets to the line more by far than any other Nugget (7.2 times a game) and has knocked down a respectable 73.4 percent this year. But after that it starts to get ugly with J.J. Hickson at 57.9 percent, Kenneth Faried at 60 percent, Randy Foye at 68.2 percent, and on down the line.
I’m not sure this is something Shaw can fix; it falls more to the Denver front office.