As a fan, it seems silly to me how a professional ball player could be so bad at free throws. With your game, hitting an extra couple free throws a game (from 4.5 out of 9 to 6.5 out of 9) would make a HUGE difference in your value. Improving that one aspect would make you an elite player again.
The free throw line doesn't move -- only we do -- so it's a shot anyone can practice until it's perfected. It takes knowing the way and practicing it until you're satisfied. As I said, the line doesn't move, but you do, so here are some ways to work on yourself till you've perfected that shot.
Ways to imrpove foul shooting:
- Watch videos by Hal Wissel (an old, tough SOB shooting coach) to learn a simple way to correct your shooting mechanics from shot to shot. Master this and you'll never miss two foul shots in a row the same way again.
- Practice awareness: To help with the mental aspect of shooting, you can learn how to be in the moment without having to change anything. Fear, anxiety, frustration, Game 7 of the Finals... all are welcome opportunities within the field of awareness. Being the awareness can remind you why "the you" is inclined to be open to some opportunities and closed to others.
Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfullness for Beginners Pt. 1 (of 2) can introduce you to that possibility:
- Practice in-game situations: Practice free throws till it becomes automatic. Practice them till you're sick and tired of shooting. Practice when you're actually tired to simulate real-game scenarios. To paraphrase Michael Jordan "the beauty of basketball is you can practice for the same scenarios you have in a game, so when it's game time the moves are automatic."
You should be able to make them one handed, or with your eyes closed knowing that 15 feet away and 10 feet up is a rim big enough to fit 3.5 basketballs inside.