Rockets Rookie Chinanu Onuaku Swishes Two Underhand Free Throws
During a summer league game between the Rockets and Hawks, former Rocket Dwight Howard was caught off guard when he saw Rockets rookie Chinanu Onuaku attempt an underhand free throw. He missed the first and made the second as Howard said, “I’ve never seen that since Will Smith, not Will Smith, but Wilt Chamberlain.”
On Wednesday against the Pelicans, Onuaku would have made Wilt proud as he attempted and made both of his underhand free throw attempts. He also had 4 boards, 1 block and unofficially became the first player to shoot a free throw like that since Rick Barry, who was once told by Dwight, “I’ve got good form and I have confidence in my shot. I don’t need to shoot underhanded free throws.”
I think it’s pretty cool to see a bad free throw shooter embrace the technique and not think he’s too cool to shoot “granny style.” But, unless he can start hitting a decent %, I can see Hack-a-Onuaku becoming a thing. That actually has a nice ring to it.