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NBA Free Throw Shooting vs. Height
Shorter players are generally better free throw shooters than taller players.
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Average free throw percentage by height for the 2018-2019 season
Nov 23, 2019
The simplest explanation of this phenomenon is that short players who are bad at shooting are very unlikely to be good enough to play in the NBA. Taller players can be bad at shooting but make up for it in other areas such as rebounding and defense.
Nov 23, 2019
It's also possible that free throw shooting is more difficult for taller players because of the on angle of the shot. This could easily be fixed by shooting underhanded.
Nov 24, 2019
Does it ever go back up? Pretty sure Manute Bol could just reach over from the free throw line and drop the ball in the basket.
Jan 13, 2020
Pretty sure you're joking but you'd need to be like 15 feet tall to do that.
Jun 27, 2020
Actually, back when this was legal. Wilt Chamberlain, threw the back of the backboard, then he jumped from the free throw line and dunked the ball to make sure it went in.
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