Video Evidence of the NBA's Ugliest Free-Throw Shooters

Jimmy Spencer@JimmySpencerNBANBA Lead WriterDecember 16, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 04:  Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots a free throw against the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on November 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Appalachian State's Brian Okam became famous for all the wrong reasons.

That darn, tricky free throw.

The YouTube star’s ballooning, air-ball free throw barely went five feet against Western Carolina a week ago, and since then nearly 15 million YouTube viewers went, "eh, what!?”

Okam released a statement: "I hit the first shot, and on the second, it was just one of those crazy things where the ball slips out of your hand."

Okam's free throw is just the appetizer. While the college player provides us with perhaps the ugliest result to a free throw, we're here to study the current ugliest looking free-throw forms.

The clips act as a how-not-to video for all young children. Christmas has come early.

The following are some of the ugliest free-throw shots in today’s NBA. 


Joakim Noah

This is the greatest video of the R.A. Dickey of free-throw shooting. Noah cups both sides of the ball and kind of pushes it up toward the basket like he's spinning a globe. The reaction of Matt Barnes and Lamar Odom is pretty great too.



Marcus Camby

The quality of the second-hand, slow-motion DVR replay is about as amateur as the form of Camby, but it gives great insight into his form.

Camby seems to do a little half-circle routine around the basket before releasing. There is no way that type of inconsistent movement can create consistent results. The true gem of the video is Camby’s oh-my-gosh-it-might-go-in expression.



Shawn Marion

Marion flicks the ball from his chest like he’s bounce passing it to the rim. The form is perfect for that pass: elbow bent, coming from the chest, two hands. Of course, it’s also the form of my seven-year-old cousin, Sophia.

Hey, at least it goes in. Marion is a career 81 percent free-throw shooter.



Omer Asik

It’s like Asik’s arms become water balloon launchers.



Chuck Hayes

The hitch that never gets old. The free-throw shooting of Hayes has never been good. He's actually a career 60 percent free-throw shooter, though his worst year came in 2008-09 when he shot just 36 percent.

While his shot doesn’t look the same now, you can see Hayes at his worst in this 2007 clip. He pauses at his peak, which triggers his dancing feet. As Allen Iverson can be seen saying in the video, he somehow travels at the line. Off balance, he does his best to flick the ball toward the basket.



Blake Griffin

Griffin might have an easier time dunking from the free-throw line. His form isn’t awful, but he does freeze his legs when he shoots, a reason why he is probably inconsistent with his depth. To his credit, he is improving this season.



Reggie Evans

Reggie Evans appears to be a guy you don't want to make fun of. His form is all arms after a dramatic pre-shot crouch. 




Andris Biedrins

Biedrins looks like he is trying to throw a bowling ball into a cup of water. He only gets worse.



Dwight Howard 

Howard has the worst free-throw shooting of any superstar. Watch how he brings it up to a near-good form, then suddenly pushes the ball forward as if he’s playing arcade basketball. No follow-through, no legs.



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