A simple, 15 foot shot that is completely uncontested and worth a point to your team should be a “gimme.” Every player is capable of making it with a little bit of time and practice invested, yet a handful of points are routinely left on the board during the course of an NBA game.
Most NBA players can cash in about 70 percent of their free throw attempts but there are always outliers at both ends of the spectrum.
Steve Nash, Ray Allen and Reggie Miller are some notable names near the NBA top 10 in all-time free throw percentage, turning in nearly 90 percent of their career looks into a silky “swish.”
At the other end of the spectrum are the “brick layers,” “rim clankers” and “air ballers” who lack the proper mechanics, shooting touch and accuracy to put the ball in the basket from the charity stripe.
These are the players who you don’t want at the line at the end of the game because of their perimeter shooting ineptitude. These are the players who were notorious for their poor free throw shooting and revolutionized the game, for one reason or another, which we will get into.
To qualify for the list, we took a few factors into consideration, and note that no single one accounts for their place more than another.
- Flawed shooting mechanics and lack of touch
- Poor free throw percentage
- Scope and volume of free throw misses throughout NBA career
Honorable Mention: Bo Outlaw, Kendrick Perkins, Adonal Foyle, DeSagna Diop, Bruce Bowen, Jahidi White, Brendan Haywood, Andrew Bogut, Bill Cartwright