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Andre Drummond resists underhanded free throws

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 24: Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons works on free throws prior to playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 24, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Andre Drummond was “open” to shooting underhanded free throws, Pistons president/coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Well, Drummond has found a technique he says works for him – and it apparently isn’t underhanded.

Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant:

Drummond continues to work on free throws, along with his footwork, though he dismisses any suggestion he should try shooting them underhand.

“I’m just really just continuing to work on back-to-the-basket stuff,” he said, “and working on getting better from the foul line. I’m going to stick with the formula I have now.”


Drummond has made 38% of his free throws in his four-year NBA career, never shooting better than 42% in a season. He has tweaked his form several times without ever finding sustained success.

Will this new method work? I doubt it. Drummond clearly faces major mental and mechanical issues at the line.

But it’s worth trying whatever he believes will work. If he’s not sold on underhanded free throws, those won’t work either. He needs to be confident in his plan – even if it’s not the one the curious public longs for him to try.