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Daily Digits: Austin Rivers and the free throw line

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Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at a stat about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how it affects the product on the court.

Today’s stat is Austin Rivers’ number of free throws per 100 possessions last season, which was...

3.7

Austin Rivers has developed into a solid NBA player, but the one thing he’s lost as he’s developed is his ability to get to the free throw line. His number of free throws per 100 possessions has been trending downward since his sophomore season in New Orleans:

  • 2012-13: 4.1
  • 2013-14: 6.6
  • 2014-15: 4.1
  • 2015-16: 3.9
  • 2016-17: 4.5
  • 2017-18: 3.7

His performance on in Monday’s preseason opener against the Knicks offered some hope he’ll get those numbers back up this season. He only attempted two free throws in a little over 16 minutes, but they both came after completing and-one opportunities at the rim.

If he can keep that up, the next step will be improving his performance at the line. He’s a career 64.9 percent shooter at the free throw line, which is currently the third-worst percentage by an active player under 6’5 that’s taken at least 500 free throws in their NBA career.