Well, Drummond has found a technique he says works for him – and it apparently isn’t underhanded.
Drummond continues to work on free throws, along with his footwork, though he dismisses any suggestion he should try shooting them underhand.
“I’m just really just continuing to work on back-to-the-basket stuff,” he said, “and working on getting better from the foul line. I’m going to stick with the formula I have now.”
Drummond has made 38% of his free throws in his four-year NBA career, never shooting better than 42% in a season. He has tweaked his form several times without ever finding sustained success.
Will this new method work? I doubt it. Drummond clearly faces major mental and mechanical issues at the line.
But it’s worth trying whatever he believes will work. If he’s not sold on underhanded free throws, those won’t work either. He needs to be confident in his plan – even if it’s not the one the curious public longs for him to try.