Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Free Throws

Good article on free throws. Over 50 years, the free throw percentage has remained the same.
In the mid 60's men's college payers made 69 percent of free throws, this season, the percentage is 68.8 percent.
In the NBA, the average is 75 percent and has stayed there for 50 years.

"The general expectation in sports is that performance improves over time. Future athletes will surely be faster, throw farther, jump higher. But free-throw shooting represents a stubbornly peculiar athletic endeavor. As a group, players have not gotten better. Nor have they become worse.

“It’s unbelievable,” Larry Wright, an adjunct professor of statistics at Columbia, said as he studied the year-by-year averages. “There’s almost no difference. Fifty years. This is mind-boggling.”"

Rest of the article here.


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