Rockets rookie Chinanu Onuaku shot under-handed free throws last night, much to the amusement of his teammates and fans.
Chinanu Onuaku, a rookie from Louisville, made his NBA debut Monday for the Rockets as they took on the Suns. He played eight minutes in the blowout win, notching six points, three rebounds and an assist. It was a pretty nice performance from the rookie, but what stood out most about his debut was his free throw form.
Yep, that’s under-handed folks, and he’s not doing that just for kicks—it serves a practical purpose. You see, Onuaku was a terrible free throw shooter at Louisville; he shot 46 percent from the charity stripe using standard hand-in-the-cookie-jar form. When he switched the granny-shot? His free throw percentage rose to 59 percent. For a big man, that’s not too shabby!
I, for one, applaud Onuaku’s dedication to his oddball shooting technique. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Maybe Dwight Howard could learn a thing or two from Onuaku.