Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cashing In At The Foul Line


Which players took the greatest advantage of the foul line?  Scoring from the foul line as an offensive strategy is less relevant today than anytime in NBA history.  But prior to the early 1970's many guys made a living at the line.

The list below ranks players by their production at the foul line as a percentage of their overall scoring.  You'll see many names that you might not recognize from basketball's ancient history.  But also notice throw backs Corey Maggette and James Harden who have kept the old tradition alive.




NBA DEBUT FREE THROWS


SEASON MADE/POINTS
1 Harry Gallatin 1949 36%
2 Dolph Schayes 1950 36%
3 Corey Maggette 2000 35%
4 Cedric Maxwell 1978 34%
5 Neil Johnston 1952 34%
6 Ed Macauley 1950 33%
7 Larry Foust 1951 32%
8 Moses Malone 1977 31%
9 James Harden 2010 31%
10 Paul Arizin 1951 31%
11 Lenny Wilkens 1961 30%
12 George Mikan 1949 30%
13 Sidney Moncrief 1980 30%
14 Kevin Johnson 1988 30%
15 Bob Pettit 1955 30%
16 George Yardley 1954 30%
17 Vern Mikkelsen 1950 30%
18 Richie Guerin 1957 29%
19 Adrian Dantley 1977 29%
20 Antonio Davis 1994 29%
21 Andrei Kirilenko 2002 29%
22 David Robinson 1990 29%
23 Dikembe Mutombo 1992 29%
24 Oscar Robertson 1961 29%
25 Kevin Martin 2005 29%



NBA DEBUT FREE THROWS


SEASON MADE/POINTS
26 Rudy LaRusso 1960 29%
27 Detlef Schrempf 1986 28%
28 Chauncey Billups 1998 28%
29 Jerry West 1961 28%
30 Dwight Howard 2005 28%
31 Alonzo Mourning 1993 28%
32 Jerry Stackhouse 1996 28%
33 Tiny Archibald 1971 28%
34 John Drew 1975 28%
35 Dick Van Arsdale 1966 28%
36 Shawn Kemp 1990 28%
37 Magic Johnson 1980 28%
38 Bob Cousy 1951 27%
39 Paul Silas 1965 27%
40 Brad Miller 1999 27%
41 Chet Walker 1963 27%
42 Rony Seikaly 1989 27%
43 Yao Ming 2003 27%
44 DeMar DeRozan 2010 27%
45 Bill Cartwright 1980 27%
46 Devin Harris 2005 27%
47 Charles Barkley 1985 27%
48 Bailey Howell 1960 27%
49 Steve Francis 2000 27%
50 Shareef Abdur-Rahim 1997 27%


 Minimum 8,800 career points scored in the NBA