Free-Throw Follies in Washington: No Charity for the Wizards

December 15th, 2009 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
It is no secret that the Washington Wizards are not winning games the way they were expected to. Blame it on turnovers, bad shots, or a lack of fire, but the fact is that they are missing the easiest shots in the game.

Free throws.

Logically speaking, an undefended, stationary, mid-range shot should be a cinch for any professional basketball player. It just never turns out that way.

The league average for free throw shooting is 76 percent. The Wizards are shooting 74 percent as a team from the free throw line, which is better than 12 other teams in the NBA, but not championship contender worthy.

The Wizards' regular starters, Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, and Brendan Haywood, are a combined 73.4 percent from the free throw line.

That stat is skewed because Young has attempted only 21 free throws, making 19 of them which is good for 90 percent.

Arenas is just 72 percent, Jamison is 57 percent and Brendan Haywood is 64 percent from the free throw line. Butler is the only regular starter with a respectable percentage at 85 percent.

Is it more baffling that they are this bad ...

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