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Hassan Whiteside to Bring Back Jump Shot at Free-Throw Line
- Updated: October 30, 2016
The culprit? The 7-foot center hasn’t been jumping on his free throws like he did last season.
After making only 174 of the first 333 free throws of his NBA career, Whiteside started shooting jump shots at the free-throw line in the middle of last season. The result was fantastic, as Whiteside made 75 percent of his free throws after the 2016 All-Star break.
However, in the Heat’s first two games this season, the big man has been using more of a flat-footed technique, and has been an underwhelming 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from the line.
“I’m going to go back to how I was shooting it last year,” Whiteside said after Saturday’s practice. “It ain’t going to be no problem. I really think the ones I missed was like in and out. It’s not like I’m up there shooting and hitting the side of the backboard or something.”
After adjusting his form midway through last season, Whiteside shot a career-high 65 percent from the line. Now, with a fresh start, the 27-year-old can take his percentage to even greater heights.
The Heat (1-1) take on the San Antonio Spurs (3-0) Sunday night at 6:00 pm E/T.