Basketball practice preps players for pressure on the court

You know about this high-stress moment.

Everybody’s eyes are on that one basketball player who is standing 19 feet from the base line and 15 feet from the basket. That player is very likely sweating bullets as he or she dribbles at the foul line. We are talking, of course, about the notorious free throw.

Sometimes the shot can change the game. Sometimes it can actually even win the game. It’s the moment when fans are as quiet as they will usually ever be. And when the shot is a miss, it can be a big downer for the fans, the coach and the teammates … not to mention the player who shot and missed.

Most of the athletes who play in the NBA make the free throws between 70 and 80 percent of the time. Some of the players who consistently make the most throw shots are Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Jose Calderon, Rick Barry, Mark Price, Chauncey Billups, Mo Williams and Ray Allen. This group of basketball players hit their free throws 90 to 95 percent of the time. Pretty amazing, huh?

But then there are other big names, such as Hall of Famer, Wilt Chamberlain, whose free throws were 51.1 percent. Shaquille O’Neal is lucky to hit them 50 percent of the time. Why? Because very tall players have a much more difficult time hitting free throws. You can’t be awesome at everything though, right? Those who can dunk can’t be expected to also hit the hoop at the foul line. The exception of course would be Dirk Nowitzki. He is seven feet tall but his career average for free throws is 88 percent.

With your Goalrilla Basketball Goal, you’ve got the opportunity to build your skills at any time. We know you will find what you are best at. Maybe it’s that high-flying dunk shot. But maybe you’re the teammate that is unstoppable at the foul line. Get busy with your game and perfect your best skills.

This spring might be the time to add a net system on to your Goalrilla Basketball Goal – like the Goalbak net. We have just what you need here at the Basketball Goal Store to provide that “extra set of hands” for the solo driller. Start spring off right -with a net system so every player can play for as long and hard as possible – even on their own!

-Pat of the Basketball Goal Store Blog Team


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