Dwight Howard has missed more free throws this season than Steve Nash ever has

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) shoots a free throw against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) shoots a free throw against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

Generally, a statistic like this would be a positive one for Lakers guard Steve Nash. However, we all know what this is really all about.

His teammate out in Los Angeles, Dwight Howard, is really bad at free throws. And by bad, we mean terrible.

Howard’s first season in LA after being acquired in a trade with Orlando has not exactly gone as smoothly as anyone had hoped. No where is that more apparent than at the free throw line.

Of the whopping 646 free throws attempted by Howard this year, the amazing dunker and rebounder has only managed to sink 314. No need to Google search a calculator, boys and girls, that is a 48.6-percent rate of success.

Compare that to Steve Nash, who is 107-for-116 on the year, and you have a far more robust 92.2-percent from the free throw line.

Of course, there will be those who claim that Dwight’s sample size is far larger, and that’s true.

However, if Dwight was even hitting 60-percent of his shots — let alone 92 — would the Lakers be clinging to the 8th-seed in the Western Conference?

We’ll never know, but it is definitely food for thought.

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