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Aging Corey Maggette faces long odds to keep getting to the free-throw line

Me at the Detroit Free Press:

Maggette’s most prolific skill is getting to the free-throw line. Unfortunately, that often is a skill that declines with age, and he’ll turn 33 in a month.

It seems 8.4 free-throw attempts per 36 minutes is a good benchmark for Maggette. That’s fewer than his career average, fewer than he attempted last year, and a mark he has met each of the last nine years. This is not setting an impossibly high bar for him.

But players like Maggette — small forwards or guards who are at least 33 years old and part of their team’s regular rotation — don’t average 8.4 free-throw attempts per 36 minutes often. Only Dominique Wilkins has done it since 1953.

Only five non-centers — Karl Malone, Adrian Dantley, Al Cervi, Jerry West and Corey Maggette — have had multiple seasons after age 30 with at least 8.4 free-throw attempts per 36 minutes. Four of those players are in the Hall of Fame.

In other words, it will take a historic effort for Maggette to match his usual free-throw rate.


  • Oct 12, 20123:17 pm
    by Levi Thieman


    in wedneday’s game, Monroe and stuckey attempted 6 free throws. maggette attempted 5. 

  • Oct 12, 20124:08 pm
    by Need4Rings


    Good thing hes coming off the bench so age shouldn have to much of an effect unless his minutes will be heavy and we doubt that heavily.As far as him playing the 2 hes great at penetration but he hasnt shown me consistent ballhandling in his career to play the postion and it was obvious in the preseason opener where he couldve been called for carrying, hopefully KE or KM the rooks can fill that void as backup to Stuckey

  • Oct 12, 20124:26 pm
    by Otis


    I read this earlier. I made a similar comment after watching the game about how I didn’t see him having much of a role here. Assuming Knight and Stuckey are averaging 30-35 minutes each, and Bynum plays 15-20 minutes as the primary ballhandler off the bench, it’s difficult to see what role is left for Maggette. The team needs a defense specialist who can spot up at the three point line, not another G/F to take the ball out of our top players’ hands, even if he was successfully attacking the basket and drawing contact.

    I just really hope they sort out stuff like this as the season goes on. If we have another season without any trade activity, the management is doing the team a disservice.  

  • Oct 12, 20125:14 pm
    by Max


    The stats and company are impressive but one point on Maggette’s side is that it has never been historically easier to get to the line than the present era.   I’m almost amazed that the list only includes pre no hand check rule players because that was probably the biggest shift in terms of refs giving the offense the benefit of earning a foul in the entire history of the league. 

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