Identifying the worst shooters in the NBA is a process with a lot of subjectivity. Statistics is always part of calculus, but which one? And how are they weighed? And how do you account for the level of difficulty in field-goal attempts? Or the context of a player’s role? And experience? Our approach to ranking the league’s least valuable shooters doesn’t pretend to solve all of these problems. Instead it’s an attempt to identify the players who are currently in the worst position from the perimeter, without letting too much interpretation enter the fold.
How much value a player adds or doesn’t add in this case on mid-range jumpers, corner threes and above-the-break triples compared to the rest of the league will be measured by this specific method. To get there, we averaged points made per shot from three areas. We then dug up each player’s average points made per shot from those zones, subtracted the leaguewide average, and multiplied the difference by the number of field-goal attempts from each range to help calculate volume.
Instead of arguing for or against player hacking, we’re acknowledging the simple fact that some players just can’t shoot free throws. No matter how many extra hours are spent in the gym, or how many different techniques a player can apply, some people are cursed with the charity stripe, plain and simple. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the worst free throw shooters in NBA history.
Worst shooters in the nba List
1. Ben Wallace
2. Wilt Chamberlain
3. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaq was undoubtedly one of the most dominant big men in every game of basketball, but that dominance didn’t carry over to the free throw line. During his 19 NBA seasons, he managed to shoot 5.5% better than he did from the line, negating the meaning of the “charity stripe”.
4. Aleksej Pokusevski
Aleksej Pokusevsky’s appearance is borderline risque. That means the Thunder consider him fit enough to play that he can. Statistically, rank among the worst shooters in the league. That should be unexpected skill for a 19-year-old who also happens to be the youngest player in the NBA. He’s had moments of fluidity and clarity off the dribble. But he’s still an ultra-thin seven-foot kid trying to find his way in a league with much stronger and more explosive athletes.
5. Gabe Vincent
Can Gabe Vincent plead “I’m a two-way player with minimal NBA experience. Get into a real role for the Miami Heat due to injuries and health and safety protocols”? He certainly can. Vincent sits on the low-volume end of the spectrum, but he still takes enough threes that it doesn’t seem serious. More specifically, he attempted 41 triples from above the break…and made just 10…for a 24.4 percent clip.
6. Pascal Siakam
Many people who thought long and hard about who would be on this list could have predicted the appearance of Pascal Siakam. He’s performed better since the frosty start. But he’s still not playing anywhere near well enough to offset his stay in what the Toronto Raptors could hope for. Mid-range jumpers don’t necessarily hold Siakam. His 0.81 points per shot is pretty close to the league average of 0.83. His three-point prowess is a different story.
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