Thunder: Steven Adams's free throw percentage skyrockets
If Steven Adams has changed anything about his free throw approach, neither he nor Thunder coach Billy Donovan is letting on.
Adams remained vague on the subject after joking that he closed his eyes and aimed for the top right-hand corner of the backboard in a 5-of-6 free throw performance Sunday.
“Just sticking with the routine, bro,” Adams continued. “Just trying to stick with one routine and not to think about it too much.”
All six of Adams’s free throws came in the last three minutes of the Thunder’s 107-104 win at New Orleans. In Adams’s postgame interview with sideline reporter Nick Gallo on the Fox Sports Oklahoma broadcast, Thunder guard Dennis Schroder stood in the background, miming Adams's free throw motion. That’s how clutch those shots were.
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And they came from a player who made just one of his six free throws in the Thunder’s first game of the season.
Through OKC's first eight games, Adams shot just 25 percent from the free throw line. Through the first 14, he was still shooting under 30 percent.
Then, against the Lakers a week and a half ago, Adams made all four of his foul shots.
“He works hard at it, I’ll tell you that,” Donovan said two days later. “I mean after practices, before practices, he’s in here getting free throws up. So, I think he’s done a good job just trying to stay on top of it.”
After stringing a few solid free throw performances together, including Adams’s clutch shooting from the line Sunday, Adams is shooting 46.3 percent from the charity stripe this season. He’s a career 55.1 percent career free throw shooter.