Oklahoma City residents, and pretty much all Oklahomans for that matter, love their Thunder. As much as we love our team, not everything is as good as it could (or should) be. When it comes to flaws on the team, anyone who knows much of anything about the NBA knows that Thunder starter Andre Roberson is not a good free throw shooter.
After shooting a career-low 42% last year, Dre’s free throw shooting sits at 49% for his career. In the playoffs against the Houston Rockets, Roberson’s inability to knock down shots from the charity stripe led to a hack-a-Roberson strategy that ended up working in Houston’s favor. He was so bad at the free throw line (2/11 in Game 4 in Oklahoma City) that the Rockets bench was laughing at him as he missed attempt after attempt.
Roberson has said that he has taken his free throw deficiency seriously and has been practicing over the summer, so hopefully he improves sooner rather than later, as he could become a target for intentional fouls. Optimistically speaking, anything over 50% might be considered a “breakout” for Dre, but only time will tell how, or even if, he has improved.
Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram.