Friday, February 15, 2013
Durant's free-throw prowess
By Tom Carpenter
As we take a break for All-Star Weekend, Kevin Durant leads the NBA in scoring per game at 29.2 points per game, despite being just sixth in field-goal attempts per game (18.1). Carmelo Anthony (22.1), Kobe Bryant (20.5), Russell Westbrook (18.6), Kyrie Irving (18.5) and LeBron James (18.4) are ahead of him in that category. Part of the reason why Durant remains tops in scoring is because of his velvety-smooth shot that has helped him knock down 51.9 percent of his field-goal attempts. However, another reason is due to his stellar success at the free-throw line.
Durant hit all 15 of his free-thrown tries Thursday, which, according to Elias, was the sixth time in his career that he’s shot that well from the line in a game. Only one active player has more games of 15-for-15 or better from the line than Durant: teammate Kevin Martin, who has eight such games. Bryant also has done so six times.
For some more perspective on Durant's free-throw prowess, consider that he has hit 449 free throws this season, which is more than anyone not named James Harden has attempted. Specifically, he has made 59 more free throws than Kobe has attempted, 111 more than LeBron and 134 more than Carmelo Anthony. He also had a two-game stretch last month when he knocked down 41 of 42 tries.