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Video: DeSagana Diop makes everyone who watches this video worse at free throws


I’d say this is the worst free throw attempt you’ll see today. but it’s maybe the worst one you’ll ever see.

Ladies and gentlemen, DeSagana Diop.

Video: Bucks, Pistons go 41-of-41 from free throw line

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Dwight Howard wasn’t the only one making free throw history on Thursday night.

In a game we’re pretty sure you didn’t watch, the Bucks and Pistons went 41-of-41 combined from the charity stripe. They were perfect — thanks to a lane violation early on that saved the day. Pistons big man Greg Monroe led the way, he was 8-of-8 from the stripe. Take that Dwight.

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Free throw shooting: It’s not about where you’re from, it’s about height

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Fascinating bit of research we want to point you to over at Basketball-Prospectus that shows the numbers back up what you already knew — big men do not shoot free throws as well as smaller players.

But, don’t go thinking foreign players are better at it than Americans.

Kevin Pelton crunched the numbers a few different ways and found the one fairly consistent thing is that the taller a player is the less likely he is to be good at free throw shooting.

For each inch taller, players tend to shoot 1.2 percent worse from the line.

But it’s not that clear cut. Yao Ming is a career 83 percent free throw shooter, for example.

That’s because he’s a foreign born player and they are better at shooting free throws you say? Not true.

Pelton’s numbers show American players shot 76.5 percent from the line, foreign players 75.5 percent. European players shot 76.6 percent, basically the same as their American counterparts.

However, European big men tend to be better than American big men, Pelton notes. That’s not just Dirk Nowitzki (whose streak of 74 consecutive free throws came to an end Wednesday night), but also guys like Andrea Bargnani, Pau Gasol and Danilo Gallinari. And that may be the cause of perception about Americans and fr

One other note, Pelton says there is evidence of some players having dramatic improvement in their free throw percentages (hello Chris Webber), but that more often despite practice guys just kind of stay the same. Some guys even regress. While there is a statistical value to practicing the shot, it’s not as dramatic as some people think, Pelton concludes.

Go read the entire bit of research. It’s interesting work in an area not all that covered.

Everything about Dwight Howard’s free throws is wrong

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Dwight Howard is a bad free throw shooter. We all know this. Howard is a career 59.6% free throw shooter, and this season Howard is only making 53.8% of his free throws. If you’ve watched any Magic games this season, you know that Dwight now takes a really, really long time to shoot his free throws for no apparent reason. Just how long does Howard take to shoot a free throw? Well over 10 seconds, which makes his free throws illegal. Dennis Hans of Centers’ little helper, who has written at length about Howard’s free throws before, has the explanation (Hat-tip to TrueHoop):

Dwight Howard’s current free-throw routine takes 12-to-15 seconds to execute, which means he is in violaton of the time-limit rule, which says“Each free throw attempt shall be made within 10 seconds after the ball has been placed at the disposal of the free-thrower.”

Assuming he’s been taking this long all season (I didn’t put him under the clock until last week), Dwight, through games of Nov. 28, is averaging 7.0 illegal points per game. Thus his scoring average, in a league where rules mattered, would be 15.6 rather than the career-high 22.6 he is currently averaging.

Interesting stuff, and I don’t think anyone would have a problem with cutting about a minute of watching Dwight Howard stare at the rim, hoping to learn its secrets, from each Magic game. Besides, I can’t imagine that Dwight’s long free-throw preludes are helping him all that much, considering he’s having his worst free-throw shooting season ever.


Dwight Howard goes Willie Mays Hayes, does in-game pushups after miss

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Dwight Howard and free throws do not have a good relationship. He gets fouled a lot, what with his heavy reliance on power moves in the post, but shot 59.4 percent from the charity stripe last season. Which is right about his career average.

He went 9 for 19 from the line in the Magic season opener… and after his one miss was taken out, at which point he decided to do some punishment pushups on the sidelines.

Why? Is this the new Willie Mays Hayes “Everytime I see you hit one in the air, you owe me 20 push-ups” motivational technique? If so, it would explain Howard’s massive arms and upper body, as the guys at The Basketball Jones pointed out.

But that’s not what he told the Orlando Sentinel.

“Well, my teammates said I missed too many free throws tonight,” Howard said. “They were all talking about how my form was great on my jump shot, but on my free throws it wasn’t as great. So, they kind of clowned me with that.”

Maybe the real reason is he needed some extra pushups to work up a sweat against the Wizards.