Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard is eyeing a strong improvement this season, having initially struggled to impress.
The forward has come on leaps and bounds in recent games and is looking a far cry from the indifferent and nervous character who took to the court for the LA Lakers last season.
But the 28-year-old is confident of performing at an even higher level, and highlighted his free throws as the area of the game he wants to work on most.
Howard's free throws have long been the bane of his career- he only managed 49 percent in the past two seasons and hasn't cracked 60 percent since his rookie season- but the ex-Orlando Magic star thinks he has finally cracked how to cure his inherent problem.
"It's all mental," he said. The forward has been using his off nights to work with assistant coach Greg Buckner in order to improve his free throw record.
"It's really helping me with my touch and my free throws, just the little things."
Howard was also quick to affirm that he will be getting better himself, despite the fact his side has lost to some of the worst teams in the league.
"It took a couple games," Howard said.
"I said, 'OK, that's the first 20 games. I got those out of the way.' I see what this team needs me to do to be effective …
"I understand that people want me to come down and score 30 points a night and 30 rebounds. That's not what it's going to take for us to win."