Pros and Cons of NBA Teams Using ‘Hack-a-Howard’ Free Throw Strategy

Mike D'Antoni has Dwight Howard's back, which is good, because the Los Angeles Lakers big man has a target on it.

According to Dave McMenamin of, D'Antoni isn't a fan of the the whole Hack-a-Howard trend that has gained traction ever since opposing NBA teams realized the center doesn't usually hit more than half of his free throws.

Not just because of Howard's 57.9 free-throw percentage either. Magic Mike went as far as saying he hates it "for the fans."

Right or wrong, there are irrefutable benefits to putting Howard at the line if you're an adversarial coach. Jacque Vaughn of the Orlando Magic knows what I'm talking about.

There are also some problems that arise when putting him at the foul line more than anyone else. Vaughn also knows what I'm talking about here as well.

What it essentially comes down to is the pros outweighing the cons. 

But do they?


*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports and unless otherwise noted.

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