Dwight Howard Makes 82 Percent of Free Throws During Practice

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 5, 2013

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 25:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a free throw against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on February 25, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Lakers 119-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard is a competent and consistent free-throw shooter, as long as we are counting his shots from the charity stripe during practice. 

Beto Duran of ESPN Radio in Los Angeles spotted quite the telling collection of statistics in the Lakers' locker room recently. 

Here is a picture he posted on Instagram showing the free-throw accuracy of the entire team. 

There is a ton to take from this white board of truth; mostly that there is a bit of regression for players from what they deliver in games to what they can do in practice. 

It makes sense, because the bright lights, crowds and pressure are all off during practice. 

Still, it has to be maddening for coaches to see the players shoot basically 20 percent better when the shots don't matter. 

The most frustrating of them has to be Dwight Howard's brick rate in games compared to what it is at practice.

When the going gets easy, Howard has the ability to get the ball from point A to point B without horrible failure. 

I would like to remind you that the big man has been playing with shoulder pain for most of the season.

Still, 48.3 percent during games compared to 82 percent during practice makes me want to bash my head against the wall, because only then will I understand this. 

What exactly are they doing differently at practice? Do they put training wheels on Howard? Are they letting him shoot "free throws" from under the basket?

Are the Lakers trolling us?

There are so many questions and no hope for answers. 

The Lakers will attempt to continue their run toward a playoff spot as Howard leaves bundles of points at the free-throw line.

Also, Robert Sacre has shot nearly 1,500 free throws during practice? I just assumed they kept him on the bench to cheer everyone on, even during closed workouts. 

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