|NBA All-Time Leaders: Free Throw Percentage|
Another week, another Hang Time post about Steve Nash‘s shooting. Last week, it was Nash’s two perfect shooting games already this season. This week, it’s Nash’s place in free throw history.
In Wednesday’s win over the Nets, Nash passed Mark Price to become No. 1 all-time in free throw percentage. Nash had been lingering behind Price for a while, but with 48 straight makes (going back to Dec. 15), he’s taken over the top spot.
As you see to the right, Nash isn’t the only current player who’s money at the line. In fact, beyond Nash, Allen and Stojakovic, there are four more current players in the top 15 in free throw percentage:
Chauncey Billups (6th): 89.3 percent
Kevin Durant (12th): 88.2 percent
Earl Boykins (13th): 87.8 percent
Dirk Nowitzki (15th): 87.6 percent
In contrast, only one active player is in the top 15 all-time in free throws made. That’s Kobe Bryant, who ranks seventh with 9,325 makes at the stripe.
Of course, because the above list is based on percentage and not totals, Nash has to keep shooting well to stay ahead of Price. In fact, if Nash misses his next free throw, he’ll fall back down to No. 2.
He’d also fall back down if Price comes out of retirement and hit 2-for-2.