DeAndre Jordan is not good at shooting free-throws. This is the worst kept secret in the NBA.
The Los Angeles Clippers center is routinely fouled on purpose in the same Hack-a-Shaq strategy that is used on Andre Drummond and Dwight Howard in the current day NBA.
Jordan is a career 42% from the free-throw line over his career, worse than Shaq, and desperately needs to improve that figure. His Clippers teammate J.J. Redick has suggested a radical solution - switching DJ's shooting hand.
After the Clippers win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night, J.J. Redick, maybe jokingly and maybe seriously, said for the past two seasons he has told Jordan to shoot free throws with his right hand.
“He jumps off his left foot, which is how most right-handed people jump," Redick said, via the Orange County Register.
"Their left foot is their dominant foot. He shoots every single jump hook, and tonight, running hook, with his right hand. He finishes around the basket with his right hand. He’s really good at it.”
Jordan, it seems, isn't too pleased with being told to shoot with what is probably his weaker hand.
“I tried to shoot with my right hand, and it was pretty much the same. Maybe worse,” he said. “I think I’m going to stick with the left because I’ve been practicing that for awhile.”
DeAndre has to do something to change his shooting, but if changing hands won't work then it is probably safe to assume that nothing will. It's odd, though, how Jordan is completely fine hitting hook shots and layups with his right, but it so against using it when shooting from the line.