The free throw is one of the easiest ways to score points in basketball. A player takes it unopposed and it is usually awarded after a foul on a shooter or when the team is in the penalty. The free throw is one of the basic shots in basketball and most players, especially those in the NBA, are consistent with it.
However, some NBA players are not made for the free throw including Hall of Famers, Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain. Shaq shot 52.7 percent behind the charity stripe during his career while Wilt was slightly worse at 51.1 percent.
Recently, the free throw has garnered attention due to Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz’s unorthodox routine but more on that later. It’s not all bad because DeAndre Jordan, who was a career 45.5 percent free throw shooter, has fixed his shot this season. He is currently making 75.8 percent of his foul shots.
But we’re going to take a look at the bad and some of it. Here are the five ugliest free throw forms in NBA history.
As mentioned earlier, Shaq was not a great free throw shooter and he had one of the worst forms ever. You cannot fault the big man since his hands are so big that he had difficulty taking shots. He sweats at the thought of free throws as he usually wipes his forehead first before taking an attempt.
On the other hand, Don Nelson and Rick Barry also had ugly free throw forms. Nelson shot his free throws one-handed and off balanced with his left leg flailing. Barry is famous for his underhand shot but it was effective. Nelson was a career 76.5 percent shooter from the free throw while Barry had shot an amazing 89.3 percent.