Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari says he has a ‘great relationship with the basket’
L.A. Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari surely knows how to find the basket.
Considered as one of the most accurate free-throw shooters today, opponents wouldn’t dare send Danilo Gallinari to the charity stripe. A career 87 percent shooter from the free throw line, he stated that he has a great relationship with basket when he’s on the line, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
#Clippers' Danilo Gallinari on his clutch free throws after the game – "Free throws are such a mental game and it's just you and the basket. I have a great relationship with the basket on the free throw line and so we kept the relationship going." 😂😂
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 24, 2018
Gallinari came to the league as a 20-year-old rookie in 2008. He spent his younger years playing for three Italian clubs before deciding to make the jump to the NBA.
Just like the other Europeans who play in the league, Gallinari is known for his shooting. Despite suffering an ACL injury in 2013, his play did not slow down. He continued to average in double figures in the seasons succeeding that year.
Gallinari is currently putting up 18.6 points on a nightly basis for the Clippers. He has career averages of 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 41.9 percent from the field. Even more remarkable, he never shot below 82 percent from the free throw line in a season.
The Clippers are currently the second-best free-throw shooting team in the NBA right now, only behind the Portland Trail Blazers. Among Clips players taking five or more freebies, Gallinari leads on 95.5 percent shooting.