Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert Headline Star Studded List For Embarrasing Record This Season

Published 02/16/2021, 10:11 AM EST
Feb 12, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the fourth quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz win 129-115. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports


Giannis Antetokounmpo may be a two-time MVP and reigning Defensive Payer of the Year. Rudy Gobert may be a two-time defensive player of the year and the holder of a massive contract. But they are struggling on one crucial end of the court, with a host of other elite players next to them.

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We are talking about free-throw shooting. The most fundamental part about playing basketball is shooting the ball, and free throws are the easiest to make. There is a reason the phrase ‘easy as shooting a free throw’ exists. However, many elite players have struggled with it throughout their careers.

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Four of the five worst free-throw shooters this season are former all-stars. Rudy Gobert is the worst at 56%, followed by Andre Drummond of the Cleveland Cavaliers (for now) with 59%.

Third on the list is Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon with 61.3%. Former MVPs Giannis Antetokounmpo and Russell Westbrook finish the list off with averages of 61.7% and 61.8% respectively.

What is worse is that they are followed up by former all-star Ben Simmons and 2014 number one overall pick, Andrew Wiggins. Free throw shooting seems to be an expendable skill amongst the top players in the league.

Giannis Antetokounmpo: How does this look for him in particular?

Aug 22, 2020; Lake Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots against the Orlando Magic in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 22, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

While all the players on that list are top-level players in the NBA, Giannis is on another plane. He is fighting it out for the title of the best in the league. He seems to have lost that distinction in the league within one playoff run after winning the MVP and DPOY simultaneously.

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His shooting has proven to be the biggest issue this season. He has missed countless free throws in the clutch. Even though his free throw shooting has improved over the last few games, his regular shooting has suffered and the Bucks are on a three-game slide right now.

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As for the others, none of them outside Gobert are on an elite contending team this season. Gobert has been doing his job as the Jazz are on a 19-1 run over their last 20 games, four more games than Milwaukee has won on the season.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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