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How to: Get to the Free Throw Line


NBA

Racking up points at the charity stripe


There are few easier ways to score points in basketball than at the free throw line. With no defensive interference, ample time to aim and the effects of many hours of practice, this is the best way to increase your scoring average. For some players, earning fouls is their bread-and-butter, but for others, this can seem like an uncommon occurrence.


Aggressive: You rarely earn free throws at the perimeter, shooting long jumpers. Instead, you have to draw to the basket or to take it strong in the post to draw enough defensive attention and contact to have the opportunity to earn fouls. By having an aggressive mentality and the determination to score at the rim, you sometimes force your opponents into fouling.


Going up strong: Beyond just driving to the basket, you have to be ready for contact. Instead of waiting for the opponents to bump you off course, take the chance to initiate contact so that you will be able to adjust for a better shot. If you avoid contact and try to get too pretty with your footwork on drives, referees are unlikely to give you the benefit of the doubt with the call.


Fakes: Of course, this does not simply involve mindless and relentless forays to the basket. The smart slasher knows that these moves put pressure on the defense, and takes advantage of this by faking when his or her opponents overcommit. As the defender tries to recover and make up for their mistake, it can be easy to exploit their loss of balance or momentum after selling your move.