Stat of The Day: Free Throw Attempt Efficiency

The idea for this one came to me when I noticed that San Antonio are by far dead last in the league, attempting just 17.8 free throws per game.  I knew some of that had to do with the Spurs historically playing at the slowest pace in the NBA, but I wasn't sure how much.

For those not familiar with efficiency statistics, this table is sorted by the number of free throws a team attempts per 100 possessions.  It's hardly perfect since it includes free throws taken from technicals etc...  but after being adjusted for pace I think it's a slightly better indicator of how much a team "attacks the basket" then just standard FTA.

RNK Team Pace FTA PG FTA EFF
1 Denver 97.5 31.9 32.72
2 Boston 94.5 29.7 31.43
3 Golden State 99.3 30.4 30.61
4 Cleveland 91.7 27.7 30.21
5 New Jersey 93.4 27.8 29.76
6 Phoenix 93.7 27.4 29.24
7 Orlando 96.1 28 29.14
8 Charlotte 89.5 25.5 28.49
9 Detroit 92.1 26 28.23
10 Milwaukee 93.7 26.4 28.18
11 Washington 94.2 26.2 27.81
12 Utah 92.8 25.7 27.69
13 Toronto 93.4 25.7 27.52
14 L.A. Lakers 98.7 26.6 26.95
15 Atlanta 93.2 25.1 26.93
16 Chicago 98.7 26.4 26.75
17 Memphis 95.5 25.4 26.60
18 Miami 93.5 24.5 26.20
19 Houston 91.5 23.6 25.79
20 Portland 89.3 22.7 25.42
21 New Orleans 89.9 22.8 25.36
22 Dallas 96.1 (10th) 24.2 (19th) 25.18
23 Oklahoma City 97.8 23.7 24.23
24 Minnesota 93.9 22.6 24.07
25 Indiana 97.8 22.9 23.42
26 Philadelphia 96.1 22.5 23.41
27 Sacramento 94.1 21.5 22.85
28 New York 100.5 22.2 22.09
29 L.A. Clippers 95 20.8 21.89
30 San Antonio 88.6 17.8 20.09
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