In the past, players who have struggled from the free throw line have attempted a variety of different things to rid their free throw shooting woes.
A few have even gone to the extent of moving back a couple feet behind the free throw line to attempt their shot. Just ask former NBA sharpshooter Nick Van Exel, “I just tried it one day in practice and it seemed to go well, so I told the coaches I was going to try it in a game.” Maybe Dwight needs to follow Nick’s lead and move a couple feet back and shoot a 17 footer instead of a 15 footer.
Maybe that’s it, maybe the free throw line is just too close for Dwight. To further back up that claim, let’s check his career 3pt percentage : 2-40, 5%. 5%?!! Ok, I take that back. Dwight doesn’t need to move a couple feet back, he needs to petition the NBA and David Stern to let him move closer. Perhaps he could try a different style and bring back the ‘granny shot,’ famed by legend Rick Barry.
After all, Barry was a career 90% free throw shooter. If I’m Dwight, I’m trying anything that I possibly can to see the ball go throw the net on a consistent basis. There’s one thing that hurts pride more than reverting to ‘granny shots’ form – shooting 57.6% from the free throw line. To be honest, I think Dwight needs to skip shooting all together and just dunk it from the line.
He’s done it before in the dunk contest, he can do it again. It’s either that, or figure out a way to fake an injury every time he gets fouled so the Rockets can get a sub in for him. Or just learn how to make a free throw, that works too.