Andre Drummond shot 35.5 percent from the line, the worst free throw percentage this season for players with at least 50 games played. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Detroit Pistons coaching staff is planning to change Drummond’s free throw form into an underhand.
In a report by the Detroit News, head coach Stan Van Gundy discussed the plan to go underhand with their All-Star center during the team’s exit interview. The Pistons were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their first-round playoff matchup.
“As far as shooting underhand or anything else, it’s fair to say my discussion with Andre yesterday and the discussions Jeff and I have had and staff, everything is on the table,” Van Gundy said.
“It won’t be a unilateral decision; we’ll do some research on some things and come up with what we think is a good approach, talk to Andre and see what he thinks and develops an approach going forward,” he added.
The Pistons actually hired shooting expert Dave Hopla to work on Drummond’s shooting mechanics but his numbers became worse. The 22-year-old is a career 38 percent shooter at the line and is already one of the worst in NBA history.
Andre Drummond is one of the most promising young players in the league but his free throw shooting woes do not help the team during a close game. Opposing teams can just intentionally foul him and send him to the line.
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According to Sports Illustrated, Drummond set the record for most free throws missed in a game against the Houston Rockets this season with 23. He went 13-for-36 to break Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 22 and his 36 attempts ranked third all-time.
The most popular player to use the underhand free throw in the NBA is basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry who shot 89 percent from the line during his career. If Drummond can improve his free throw percentage next season, it will justify the max contract he will be getting this summer.
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