The success on the free throw line is an important part of the game. Those extra points can make the difference between victory and defeat. Being able to hit the free throw is crucial. The shot is fairly simple to make but under the pressure of the game, it is a lot more complex. These top five players have mastered the art of making the basket from the free throw line.
Mark Price tops the free throw list with an impressive 90.39% completion of free throws. He is currently retired from the game. But he played from 1986 to 1998. Most of the time, he played as guard for the Cavaliers. He is currently a player development coach for the Orlando Magic. So far, no one has been able to top him on his free throw ability.
Steve Nash (pictured) is not far behind in percentage of free throws that he made. He was only a couple of free throws away from making the top spot. He started playing in 1992 and is now playing for the LA Lakers, although he did play with both the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks. Nash, a Canadian originally from South Africa, has also founded a charity. He still has an opportunity to grab the top spot if he stays on his game.
Peja Stojakovic comes in at number three with a 89% completion rate. He originally comes from Greece. He is known in the NBA for his three point shots rather than his free throws. He was a key player on the Yugoslavian National Team. He retired from the game in 2011.
Chauncey Billups has shot his way to number four on the list. He is a percentage point away from the first spot. His successful career lead to the retiring of his number by the University of Colorado. He also got the name “Mr. Big Shot” for some brilliant shots in the NBA final in 2004. He currently plays for the L. A. Clippers who have a shot at the playoffs this year.
Ray Allen rounds out the number five spot on the free throw list. He is currently a Miami Heat player. Aside from the free throw, he is also in the the top for his three point shots. On the sidelines, he has dabbled in acting, making a movie with Denzel Washington.
It is a small percentage that separates the first spot from the fifth spot on the free throw line. It is accuracy here that wins games. The free throw shot is arguably one of the most important shots of the game.