What has caused the guard's struggle from the foul line?
POSTED: Dec 1, 2014 2:01 AM ET
Free-throw shooting has always been a problem for Rajon Rondo. But things have bottomed out this season.
Rondo is shooting an NBA-worst 30.0 percent from the line on 2.3 attempts per game. Before this season, Rondo was the only player in NBA history to shoot below 60 percent from the free-throw line while averaging 10 or more assists (2010-12). Now he's the first to do it below 50 percent. And 40. And 35.
The broken left hand Rondo suffered this summer could be the cause of this struggle. But Rondo is just as confused as everyone else, as he explained this weekend.
"Most of them hit the right/back side of the rim. I don't have an answer right now," the four-time All-Star said. "It's about practice. I'm looking at my follow through. All of my misses have been the same, so I'll be in the gym again tonight and continue to work."
A bounce back towards his comparatively decent career average of 61.5 percent would be a welcomed (and likely) sight. But even if it doesn't improve, Rondo is getting to the line only 2.3 times per game so his impact on the category isn't completely destructive. This allows Rondo to still be an elite fantasy option with averages of 9.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 1.5 steals. And it makes him a great fantasy target if you're already losing free-throw shooting because of more destructive shooters like Josh Smith (42.6 percent; 4.0 attempts), Dwight Howard (46.2; 9.1) or Andre Drummond (46.3; 3.2).
Week 6 schedule breakdown
Four games: ATL, BOS, DAL, DEN, DET, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, SAS, WAS
Three games: BKN, CHI, CLE, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, OKC, PHO, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA
Two games: CHA
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