For the last five seasons, the Orlando Magic have been one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and at the same time one of the poorest free throw shooting teams in the NBA.
This season, however, the Magic have taken this trend to a new high (or new low, you could say). They're having one of the worst statistical years at the foul line in NBA history. The good news, though, is that historically speaking it's not such a bad thing. In fact, it's a very good thing.
Almost two-thirds through the 2011-12 season, the Magic are shooting a woeful 64.8 percent from the foul line. Since 1950, that ranks as the fourth-worst percentage in the NBA. Only the Philadelphia 76ers of '67-'68, the San Francisco Warriors of '63-'64 and the '64'65 Warriors shot free throws worse than this year's Magic.
The common thread in these four teams a dominant big man who struggles at the foul line. Wilt Chamberlain back in the '60s. Dwight Howard today.
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