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Silly, but efficient: the granny throw’

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Chinanu Onuaku, the basket ball player with the private vrijworp

Silly, but efficient

The private vrijworp was almost extinct in the American basketball. Chinanu Onuaku chooses against the trend in the granny throw – with success.

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With private vrijworpen performs Chinanu Onuaku better, and that counts. ap

Chinanu Onuaku, the basket ball player with the private vrijworp

Silly, but efficient

The private vrijworp was almost extinct in the American basketball. Chinanu Onuaku chooses against the trend in the granny throw – with success.

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Simon Grymonprez

BrusselSlechts 46,7 percent. That was the percentage vrijworpen that Chinanu Onuaku in his first year of college basketball knew. For comparison: NBA centers such as Serge Ibaka (79,7%), DeMarcus Cousins (74,6%), or Kristaps Porzingis (79,3%) get much higher percentages. So, thought Onuaku, that can and should be different. Together with the team of the University of Louisville, he worked for a summer on a other technique to vrijworp: not overhand, but underhand. The technique is also known mockingly as the granny throw , because many find that there just what a prat looks like.

Onuaku looked that summer to videos of Rick Barry, who in the seventies under the more came out for the Golden State Warriors. Barry made headlines with his private vrijworp: it gave him over his entire career around an excellent result of 90% made vrijworpen. But since Barry have rarely players on the granny throw and daring.

Terribly average

However, the private vrijworp his merits. A study from 2017 under the leadership of Madhusudhan Venkadesan (Yale University) pointed out that, if the basketball player is the right attitude to apply, the private vrijworp a slight advantage on the overarm. Rick Barry had himself already mentioned that he does not understand why players who are less than 60 percent of their vrijworpen, at least don’t even try. There are in the NBA are still a number of centers around which is a terrible average, such as DeAndre Jordan (58,0%) or Dwight Howard (57,4%). Barry tried at the time his team mates, to convince, to no avail. ‘It makes you look sissy.’

“I know that the people with me will laugh. I can against it,”

Chinanu Onuaku

Another well-known example is NBA legend wilt Chamberlain, an incredible player but very bad in vrijworpen. Chamberlain retired in 1961 about the granny throw and pulled prompt to a percentage of 61,6% – the highest of his career. But after one season he switched back to the overhand throw, because the granny shot him what a prat did look like.

I do not care what people now of me thinking, ” says Onuaku now. “I know that she is with me will laugh. I can against it. The runs just to keep getting better.’ Itself estimates Onuaku that he is 30 to 40 percentage points ahead went by the private technique. The last two years of the period, are vrijworppercentage around 70 percent, slightly below the average.

Onuaku jogged the last two seasons with the Houston Rockets, now he tries to get a contract to decorate the Portland Trailblaizers. In the pre-season that now runs, trokt Onuaku attention by two private vrijworpen to take, which he alone scored. Seth Curry – brother of world star Stephen Curry said that he’s never been someone on the floor vrijworp privately had to take. “It is just going to do what you need to do. A lot of people love flash and pretty, but as long as it works …’

A journalist asked Onuaku or other players even better would be to switch to the private vrijworp. “They have to do what they want,’ replied he. ‘If they often want to miss out on the vrijworplijn, then let them, but often miss out on the vrijworplijn.’

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