Chinanu Onuaku hits underarm free throws versus the Pelicans

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So many NBA big men have endured problems from the free throw line. Shaquille O'Neal, Dwight Howard and even the late, great Wilt Chamberlain are all sub 60 percent career shooters from the charity stripe. 

Some will say it is a lack of practice that led to these troubles from 15 feet; professional athletes should have enough time and desire to eradicate their errors from such a short distance. 

But one alternative, that has always been readily available, but hardly deployed by the NBA's bigs is shooting underarm. 

It seems to be a pride thing; centers past and present would rather miss from the stripe than be seen throwing up an underarm shot, but that wasn't the case for the Houston Rockets' rookie Chinanu Onuaku.

The second round pick out of Louisville played seven minutes of Houston's 12-point win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Beijing and picked up his two points from the free throw line using the unorthodox technique - much to the delight of the crowd. 

The shot will come as no surprise to people who followed college basketball. Onuaku made the switch in his second year of college and jumped from a 47 percent shooter to 55 percent from the line. 

Keep doing it your way, Chinanu.

Western Conference
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division

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