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Basketball Free Throw Percentage

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Basketball Free Throw Percentage

The free throw percentage in basketball is a statistic that measures a player's or team's success when shooting free throws. To calculate a free throw percentage, you divide made free throws by the free throws attempted. If a player attempted 15 free throws in a game and made 10 this is what his free throw percentage would be 0.66 or 66%.

The free throw percentage is the most basic shooting statistic, and it is the primary way to measure how good of a free throw shooter a player is. The NBA's free throw percentage as a league is 75%, while college basketball's is around 69%


Free Throw Percentage Records

Players can be either good, average, or bad free throw shooters based on their percentage. However, some players' free throw percentages are very high, while others are very low.

  • The highest free throw percentage during a single season belongs to Jose Calderon during the 2008-09 season. Calderon shot 98% from the line.
  • The highest career free throw percentage belongs to Steve Nash, who shot 90.43% from the line during his career. However, active NBA player Steph Curry currently has a slightly higher mark and can end his career in front of Nash.
  • The worst free throw percentage during a season belongs to Andris Biedrins, who shot 11% in the 2011-12 season.
  • The worst career free throw percentage belongs to Ben Wallace, who shot 41% from the line throughout his career.


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