Free throws should be easy points on a basketball court.
These uncontested shot attempts, 15 feet from the basket, after a foul (personal, technical or flagrant), can mean the difference between winning or losing a game. But shooting free throws is as much a mental exercise as a physical art. While some NBA players struggle from the charity stripe, other players should never be sent to the line, especially in a close game.
These former and current NBA players have the best career free-throw shooting percentage. To qualify, they needed to have 1,200 career free-throw attempts. Some of the names might surprise you.
Spoiler alert: Jose Calderon, who holds the record for best free-throw percentage in a season at 98 percent (151 of 154 free-throw attempts made with the Toronto Raptors in the 2008-09 season), doesn’t make the cut for this career list with an 87.3 career free-throw percentage.