The Magic are dead last in the league in free throw rate, posting a 15.5 percent free throw rate. This is woefully low. Record low.
As the calendar has turned to 2013, the Magic are on pace for an ignoble record. Entering Monday's game, Orlando is averaging 16.4 free throw attempts per game. The NBA record was set by the 2006 Suns at 18.0 per game. The Magic obviously have a long way to go if they want to avoid this record.
As Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports, the low free throw attempts concern Jacque Vaughn, but it is not a number he obsesses over:
We always talk about being the aggressor, and sometimes that translates to free throws. Sometimes that translates to getting into the paint and making the pass instead of getting fouled. Would I like for us to shoot more free throws? Yes. And get to the free-throw line? I would.
If I had a choice, I'd like that to change. But I don't think it's something we've overstressed at all.
As Robbins points out, the Magic do not have a lot of players who can create their own shots and draw fouls. Glen Davis leads the team with 3.6 free throw attempts per game. That is about two trips to the line.
When we say the Magic are behind the 8-ball when it comes to offense, free throws are a big part of that. The Magic are giving up approximately four more free throw attempts to their opponents. Thankfully for the defense, the Magic are seventh in the league in free throw attempts allowed. So the difference is not great.
Orlando could theoretically benefit from getting to the line more too. The team is 10th in the league, shooting 77.6 percent from the foul line entering Monday's game. J.J. Redick is known throughout the league as one of the great free throw shooters. Of course, Orlando hit only 11 of 22 free throws in the loss to Toronto on Saturday.
But obviously these are numbers the Magic need to change for this team to be successful.