Jose Calderon Hits 52nd Consecutive Free Throw

Ryan SmyeContributor IDecember 9, 2008

Well today Jose Calderon replaced Chauncy Billups' name in the Toronto Raptors record books by making his 52nd consecutive free throw.

Steve Nash holds the true Canadian record though as he hit 74 consecutive free throws over two seasons. (21 in 2006-07, 53 in 2007-08)

In case you were wondering, the All-time record is held by Michael Williams who hit 97 consecutive free throws in the 1993 NBA season while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The World Record holder in professional basketball is an interesting one as well. The famous coach John Wooden hit 138 consecutively from 1934-36 while playing for the Indianapolis Kautskys.

I feel this article would not be complete if I didn't mention someone by the name of Ted St. Martin. Never heard of him? Me neither! Well, he hit 5,221 straight free throws in a 1996 exhibition. That's unreal and also a little disturbing.

So, Jose Calderon, you have a long way to go. But, I and all of the other Toronto Raptor fans salute you, and are happy that you broke Billups' record today.