Houston Rockets with Unusual Form No. 3: Chinanu Onuaku
Drafted 37th overall by the Houston Rockets in 2016, Chinanu Onuaku only showed up in six games for Space City in two seasons. Much as he did at Louisville, Onuaku spent all of his time inside, with all of his seven made field goals coming from cutting dunks or layups.
During a December 26th matchup with the Phoenix Suns, the 6-10 center got his first chance to showcase the rare approach to the free throw that he developed at Louisville.
In true Rick Barry fashion, Chinanu stepped up and drained two under-handed free throws, much to the delight of the Toyota Center crowd.
After struggling from the line in his freshman season in college, Onuaku switched his style up to the patented “Granny style” shot after Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino showed him a video of Rick Barry’s success with it.
The new approach helped Onuaku go from being a 46.7 percent free throw shooter to 58.9 percent, and now he can say he’s never missed a free throw in his NBA career. Onuaku currently plays for the G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, the Greensboro Swarm.
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