Against: Can’t finish games
One of the quirkiest strategies to have been created in NBA history is the hack-a-Shaq ploy. This is a “strategy” where a team fouls a bad free throw shooter in order to send him to the line. The poor shooter typically misses at least one, if not both free throws, giving the other team a chance at getting the ball back without giving up a bucket.
This gameplan has also been applied heavily to Howard. Howard is a career 56.6 percent free throw shooter, but has seen a couple of seasons under 50 percent. This could be a legitimate worry for the Bucks, as Howard wouldn’t be able to be on the floor late in games that are tight.
It’s extremely difficult to commit to a player, knowing he’s only good until the last four minutes or so of the game. One of the last things the new crowd at the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center want to see if Howard bricking free throw after free throw, as the team is trying to secure a playoff victory.