Steven Adams’ secret to successful free-throw practice is punch to gut

Steven Adams has a unique method to practice his free throws.

To improve his form, the Thunder big man has one of Oklahoma City’s assistant coaches sneak up and punch him in the gut when he’s least expecting it.

Here’s how Adams’ practice sessions go, via the Norman Transcript:

He plays one of the most physical styles of any NBA player. And he owns an unmatched, eccentric personality. So, when he’s working from the charity stripe, he has Thunder assistant coach Darko Rajakovi? come out of nowhere and, every once in a while, upper-cut him in the stomach just when he least expects it.

Then, it’s free-throw time.

Adams, 24, ranks as one of the worst free-throw shooters in the NBA. The New Zealand native finished 109th out of 114 qualified players with a 61.1 percent free-throw percentage last season.

Here’s to hoping his punch-packing practice pays off and produces better numbers next season.

The success of those plays obviously hinges on Griffin’s ability to establish himself as a scorer as well as a passer. Despite not developing as reliable of a 3-point shot as many expected him to have by now he is coming off his best season from the perimeter in which he made 38 3-pointers in 61 games at a decent success rate Griffin can put up numbers in a variety of ways. As you can see in the table below, he ranked in the 65.0 percentile or better in four categories last season. He was even more dominant the season before when he finished in the 80.0 percentile or better in three of the same four categories.

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