Why Lakers still rank close to top in NBA in free toss differential.

5 justifications for why Lakers rank close to top in NBA in free toss differential.

5 reasons why Lakers rank near top in NBA in free throw differential.

With plenty of talk about Lakers and free throws this week, let’s take a closer look at a key strength for the team.

The Lakers ranked first in free throw differential last season at nearly +6 attempts per game, which was first by a healthy margin and sit around that mark this season as well. It’s a key strength of the team under head coach Darvin Ham.

That free throw differential has come to light after comments from Toronto Raptors head coach Darko Rajaković following the team’s one-point loss on Tuesday night in which there was a 20 free throw differential in the fourth quarter.

As you would expect, those comments have prompted the “Lakers get all the calls” cries to begin once again. However, when you look closer at the team and stats, there are five key reasons why the Lakers are at the top or near the top in free throw differential in the NBA.

It’s always easy to look at free throws and blame officiating, falling into the all too easy trap of selective attention, but the team’s ability to draw contact while not fouling is a clear trend under Ham and his staff.

It’s a strength that the team will continue to hammer and I’m sure we’ll continue to hear many, many complaints about it.

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