I was stunned by USA Today’s stat: Dwight Howard has missed more free throws this season than Steve Nash has in his career. Surely, this can’t be true – the mainstream media must be mistaken. I dug into the data.
Dwight Howard is an abysmal free throw shooter
Dwight Howard is shooting 48.6% this season. Absolutely terrible. He has the distinction of missing 14 in a game this season, and 2 games each missing 12, 11, and 10 free throws.
In fact, he’s a full 9 percentage points worse than the worst free throw shooting teams in the NCAA.
Nash really has missed fewer in his career than Howard this season
Nash is fantastic. He has hit a full 90.4% of his free throws, and has indeed only missed 322 shots EVER.
Here’s the plot of Nash’s career (blue) vs. Howard this season (orange).