DeAndre Jordan is a bad at free throws. I mean, really, really bad. His career rate is a meager 41.4 percent. To put that in perspective he would have to make his next 442 free throw attempts!!! to move ahead of Shaquille O’Neal in career free-throw percentage. That’s why teams hack Jordan to get back into ball games. And in Monday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers completely validated that strategy.
Jordan missed a lot of free throws–22 of them in fact–and that was enough to tie the NBA record for free throws missed in one game. Here they are in all their lack of glory:
To be fair to Jordan, it only took Wilt Chamberlain 30 attempts to miss his 22 freebies while Jordan hulred up 34 wounded ducks before he reached the magic number. On the other hand, Wilt scored 52 points and Jordan scored 18. Here is everyone since 1963-64 who jacked up 30 free throws:
So Jordan didn’t do so well compared ot the rest. In fact, his scoring total was just one point shy of being half of what anyone else with as many bonus rounds has ever gotten. Even famous clangers like O’Neal and Dwight Howard made opponents pay a little bit or their hackery. Not Jordan, though. In fact, even though he didn’t have a turnover last night, and shot 50 percent from the field, the Clippers offensive rating on possessions he used was just 78.2, which is not very good.
After the game, Jordan’s free-throw percentage on the season sank to 37.9 percent, which is the lowest in NBA history by a qualified player, per Basketball-Reference.com.