March 9, 2011
5 years ago

Throwing their Free Throws

Originally Published on: Piston Powered

In the highest ranks of professional basketball, players routinely score from beyond the three point line, while dodging the defense and running constantly. Yet, when given the ball and a straightforward shot from directly in front of the basket without any defense to speak of, these professionals often do no better than high school players. No one really knows why, but as you can see in this viz, free throw percentages have been improving over time.