Detroit Pistons Take Drastic Steps Due To Drummond’s Horrible Free Throw Shooting



Andre Drummond is a beast in the paint. The 22-year-old dominated the NBA this past season in the low post and helped his Detroit Pistons reach the playoffs for the first time in years. However, it’s no secret that Drummond has a major achilles heel to his game. Like many big men before him, Drummond simply can’t knock down his free throws. In 2015-16, he averaged 16.2 points per game and a league-leading 14.8 rebounds but also averaged an abysmal 35.5% from the free throw line.

Now the Pistons are trying everything they can to help the young center improve on his game from the charity stripe. In fact, they are so desperate, they are turning to an alternative method to help him get his stroke. Detroit is actually implementing certain virtual reality training methods to help him get better. Head coach Stan Van Gundy spoke about it after the Pistons were bounced in the playoffs:

“Everything’s on the table, whether it’s some things we can do with visual imagery, some virtual reality stuff, changing dramatically how you shoot the ball — it’s all on the table. Andre would tell you the same thing. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re gonna get together as a staff, talk to some outside people, and sit down with Andre to see where his head is. For it to be any good, you have to have buy-in from him.”

If nothing else has worked so far, maybe this will. Who knows? It will be interesting to see if Drummond’s free throw game improves next year. If it does, it may usher in a new training process for struggling athletes all over the world. However, it’s more than likely that Drummond will continue to struggle from the line, as history has shown that big men who can’t shoot free throws rarely ever improve in that facet of their game.

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