Dwight Howard's free throw problem is 100% in his head
But the thing is, Dwight's capable of hitting free throws at a solid clip. Seriously.
Here's a video of Dwight hitting 18 out of 20 free throws in practice:
So how come Dwight can hit free throw after free throw in practice, but has a career FT% of .576 with a sample size of over 6,500 shots?
The clear answer: It's completely in his head.
At practice, Dwight is money. In games, he's a joke. To even further enforce the idea that it's 100% a mental issue, look at his percentage with the Lakers.
Prior to arriving in LA, he had a .588 career free throw percentage. With the Lakers, where it's well known that he was unhappy, his percentage dropped to an abysmal .492 clip. After leaving the Lakers, he's now back up to .544 in Houston, where he is much happier.
Physically, Dwight Howard is one of the strongest and most imposing players in the league. Mentally, he's the exact opposite. He gets in his own head, and allows the pressure to get to him in the biggest moments.
Perhaps that's why he'll never lead his team to a championship. Book it.
Hat tip to The Starters