Who holds the record for the best free throw percentage in the NBA?

Who holds the record for the best free throw percentage in the NBA?

Free throws are crucial in the game of basketball. They are the main way of penalizing foul plays in the game. For NBA teams, having a good free throw shooter could be the difference between winning and losing a game. Today we list the best free throw shooters in the history of the NBA.

Today we discuss the best free throw shooters of all time.
Damian Lillard of the Portland TrailBlazers attempts a free throw. Photo by Amanda Loman.
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Free throws are shot from a line positioned 15 feet horizontally from the basket. They require a lot of precision and concentration as well as practice. Here are some of the greatest shooters of all time.

Who has made the most free throws in NBA history?

Former Utah Jazz big man Karl Malone has made the most free throws in the history of the NBA, with 9787 made over his 19-year career from 1985-2004. Below is the list of the top 5 NBA players with the most made free throws.

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Karl Malone has made the most free throws in the history of the NBA
Karl Malone is an NBA hall of fame inductee. Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE.
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PlayerCareer period Free throws made(as of January 2023)
Karl Malone 1985-20049787
Moses Malone1974-19958531
Kobe Bryant 1996-20168378
Lebron James 2003- Ongoing7993
Oscar Robertson 1960-19747694

Who holds the record for the best free throw percentage in a season?

Spanish shooting guard Jose Calderon holds the record for the highest-ever shooting percentage in a single season. Calderon achieved this in the 2008-2009 NBA season while playing for the Toronto Raptors. He achieved an incredible 98.1% percentage totalling 873 points from free throws in 68 games. These are the five players with the best single-season percentages:

Jose Calderon has the best single free throw percentage in a season in the history of the NBA.
Jose Calderon during a previous NBA game. Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE.
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PlayerTeam SeasonGames played Free throw percentage
Jose CalderonToronto Raptors2008-20096898.1%
Calvin MurphyHouston Rockets1980-19817695.8%
Mahmoud Abdul-RaufDenver Nuggets1993-19948095.6%
Ray Allen Boston Celtics2008-097995.2%
Jeff HornacekDallas Mavericks1999-20007777: 95%

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Who is the best free throw shooting centre in history?

In the NBA, centres are known for struggling with free throw shooting. One of the most famous centres, Shaquille o' neal, AKA Shaq, was known for this. Shaq's percentage over his 19-year NBA career was only 52.7 %. However, some centres have much higher percentages. The best in history is former Seattle Supersonics centre Jack Sikma who shot 84.8 % during his 14-year NBA career from 1977-1991. These are the top 5 best centres in that category.

Jack Sikma is the best free throw shooting center in the history of the NBA.
Jack Sikma, during his time at the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE.
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Player TeamsCareer period FT Percentage
Jack SikmaSeattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks1977-199184.8 %
Mike GmisnkiNew Jersey Nets,Philadelphia 76ers,Charlotte Hornets,Milwaukee Bucks1980-199484.5%
Bill LaimbeerCleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons.1980-198484.0%
Karl Anthony TownsMinnesota Timberwolves2015- Ongoing 83.5%
Yao MingHouston Rockets2002-2011 83.3

Who holds the record for the best free throw percentage in the NBA?

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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has the best free throw percentage of all time, with a whopping 90.8 %. These are the top 5 players with the best career free throw percentages:

Steph Curry has the best free throw percentage of all time.
Steph Curry attempts a free throw during an NBA game. Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE.
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PlayerTeamCareer periodPercentage
Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors2009-Ongoing 90.8 %
Steve NashPhoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, LA Lakers 1996-2015 90.4 %
Mark PriceCleveland Cavaliers, Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic 1986-199890.4%
Rick BarryNew York Nets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets1965-198090.0 %
Peja StojakovicSacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets, Toronto Raptors1992-201189.5%

Who is the best free throw shooter in the history of the WNBA?

Elena Delle Donne is the best free throw shooter in the history of the WNBA, with an impressive 93.69 percentage in her decade-long spell in the league so far. These are the best free throw shooters in the WNBA:

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Elena Della Donne is the best free throw shooter in the history of the WNBA.
Elena Delle Donne in a WNBA game for the Washington Mystics. Photo by Joshua Huston/NBAE.
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PlayerCareer PeriodTeamsPercentage
Elena Delle Donne2013-ongoingChicago Sky, Washington Mystics93.69%
Kayla Mcbride2014-ongoingSan Antonio Stars, Minnesota Lynx, Las Vegas Aces89.82%
Becky Hammond1999-2014New York Liberty, San Antonio Silver Stars89.68%
Tiffany Mitchell2016-PresentIndiana Fever 89.46%
Allie Quigley2008-PresentPhoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky 89.28%

Good shooters tend to perform well in pressure situations. They also have the commitment and discipline to practice and perfect their technique until it is flawless. We have just broken down for you who holds the record for the best free throw percentage in the NBA.

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