Even at his home court, Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for his slow free throw percentage.
Except this time, Not a scoreboard for the Nets Summon the forward of the Bucks; it’s an official.
In the third game against Brooklyn on Thursday, Antetokounmpo was given a 10-second violation on the second of two free throws.
In the video, Antetokounmpo receives the ball and takes five seconds before starting the dribble. He continued to dribble the ball six times, then paused in a squatting position when officials thought they had seen enough and called him a 10-second violation. The clock on the ESPN broadcast shows that it ran for 13.03 seconds.
For Antetokounmpo in this playoffs, free throws are by no means easy. His career success rate was 71.7%, but this playoffs, entering Thursday’s game, his shooting percentage was only 53.5%. His performance against the Nets was particularly bad, shooting 2 of 10 free throws in the first two games.
By the end of halftime of the game on Thursday, his free throw line was 2 of 7.
ESPN analyst Jay Williams is ready to get a statistic at the end of halftime at the expense of Antetokounmpo. He said that Bolt needed less time to sprint 100 yards than Antetokounmpo’s free throw.
“You would think, if you made 28% of free throws tonight and 23% of the series, why your routine is so long. It should be faster so you don’t spend too much time thinking about it. Shooting and just reacting and shooting,” Williams said.
Bolt set a world record for the 100-meter dash in 2009 with a time of 9.58 seconds. A distance of 100 meters would be the distance of nearly three and a half basketball courts.
Yes, it is safe to say that Antetokounmpo needs to move faster on the free throw line.