Perhaps an overlooked statistic by most number nerds like myself, are fouls. Fouls stem from mistakes on either side of the ball, and unfortunately typically lead to free throw attempts. Two things are certain in basketball. First, coaches always track fouls and might be more aware of them than any shooting percentage. Secondly, fouling a jump shooter will send a coach into a fiery rage.
Vinny Del Negro must know some form of meditation to prevent him from exploding into rage during games, because according to hoopdata, the Clippers commit the 10th most fouls in the league and have the sixth highest opponent free throw rate.
The fouls must be reduced once postseason play comes around, because giving up easy points at the line is one way to doom a team’s title chances.