Over at Bleacher Report, I wrote about the misrepresentation of DeAndre Jordan’s free-throw shooting and how (or if) it should affect the way the Clippers use their bigs in the fourth quarter. Click here to read the full article. Here is an excerpt:
DJ played 72 fourth quarters in his first season under Doc. The 10 he missed were because of blowouts and rest. The free throws didn’t present the issues everyone figured they would mainly because DJ doesn’t touch the ball often on offense.
Jordan shot 53.8 percent from the line during fourth quarters, missing only0.7 free throws for every fourth quarter he played.
That’s right, 0.7 free throws. He didn’t even miss a free throw per quarter.
In actuality, Jordan rarely ever goes to the line. DJ missed at least half of his free throws in a game with four or more attempts 36 times last year, but the Clippers went 26-10 during those games. He’s missing free throws, but the team isn’t necessarily losing because of it.
Obviously, you’d prefer Hawes’ success at the line considering he made78.3 percent of his philanthropic shots a season ago. But Jordan’s defense is too important to lose on a consistent basis considering Hawes’ struggles with footwork and general pick-and-roll coverage. On top of that, so much of what DJ does while guarding has to do with confidence.