Houston Rockets big man Dwight Howard plays around during pre-game warmups.
The psychology that goes into the “big man free-throw” attempt is a deep one. Throughout the years we’ve seen many NBA giants struggle to make that uncontested 15-foot shot.
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Arguably the greatest rebounder of all time, Dennis Rodman, was an athletic freak. His mind was also so stout when it came to timing the exact moment when to grab that board at its highest point.
As good as he was though, he was one of the worst free-throw shooter of all time, coming in at a poultry .584 percent for his career.
Others who’ve been notoriously awful from the charity stripe include Ben Wallace (.418 percent), Wilt Chamberlain (most free-throws missed in NBA history with 5,805), and of course Shaquille O’Neal (.528 pecent). Shaq was so bad that the NBA rule book needed a tweak to prevent the “Hack a Shaq” strategy from taking place every night.
One of the active NBA big-men that have the same issues is Houston Rockets Center Dwight Howard.
He struggles at the foul line each and every season, trying to improve upon his career .573 percentage.
Despite his inability to make one of the easiest shots in the game, he can throw the ball up at half-court with a simple flick of a wrist:
Prior to his team taking on the Indiana Pacers, Howard was messing around and managed to put one in from half-court, on a hook shot.
If only he can transfer that half-court energy to his free-throw game.
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