NBA most free throws made in a row feature Micheal Williams, Stephen Curry and Dirk Nowitzki. Williams scored 97 consecutive free throws in 1993.

Out of all the top players who have had the longest streak of making successful free throws, Steph is the only one currently active.

He achieved an impressive record by making 80 straight free throws over two seasons, from 2019 to 2021. This remarkable feat secured him a fifth spot on the catalog of players with the highest free throw streak record NBA.

But first, take a glance at the season-best free throws in NBA. Below is the list of the top 8 most free throws in a season:

  • Jerry West - 840
  • Wilt Chamberlain - 835
  • Michael Jordan - 833
  • Adrian Dantley - 813
  • Oscar Robertson - 800
  • Kevin Durant - 756
  • James Harden - 754
  • Rick Barry - 753

1. Micheal Williams - 97

Micheal Williams holds the record for the NBA most consecutive free throws with 97. Williams won the 1989 NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons.

As of 2023, the former point guard remains the holder of the NBA record for the most consecutive free throws made in the regular season, and his record intends to stay for a long time. He covered this incredible streak in 19 games from March 24 to November 9, 1993.

Micheal Williams stands at the foul line against the Lakers in December 1993
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Moreover, at the end of the 1992-93 campaign, Williams was among the top free-throw shooters in the league, hitting an impressive 90.7 percent of his shots from the foul line.

He made 84 free throws without missing, breaking a long-standing record set by Calvin Murphy back in 1981. He carried his incredible streak into the next season, 1993-94, by making his first 13 free throws without a hitch to make a tally of 97.

2. Jose Calderon - 87

Jose Calderon is a Spanish born former NBA player who makes the list of NBA free throw record. Calderon hit 87 straight free throws during the 2008-09 season.

He entered the NBA through the Toronto Raptors in 2005 as a 24-year-old young talent. The 6-foot-3 point guard played for six different franchises after leaving Toronto, including a season at  Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, and two spells with the Pistons.

Calderon achieved the second-longest streak in NBA history of making consecutive free throws as he netted all 87 FT between April 2008 to January 2009.

Moreover, in March 2009, the Spaniard broke another NBA record for the best free-throw ratio in a season, securing 98.05%, missing only 3 free throws that campaign.

3. Dirk Nowitzki - 82

Dirk Nowitzki had a streak of 82 consecutive free throws made in the NBA regular season in 2011. Nowitzki spent his entire NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks.

The 7-footer NBA legend guided the Mavericks Blue to the historic 2011 NBA championship. During the first game of the Conference Finals, Nowitzki scored 48 points and created history by making 24 consecutive free throws, setting a new NBA record.

The Mavericks retired Dirk Nowitzki 41 jersey number in January 2022
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Furthermore, he achieved another milestone by making the most free throws in a game without missing any.

Besides, during that season, Nowitzki scored 82 successive free throws, propelling him into the top three positions in the list of the longest streaks of all time.

4. Mahmoud Abdul Rauf - 81

Mahmoud Abdul Rauf holds the 4th longest streak of most free throws made in NBA history with 81. Mahmoud achieved this feat during the 1993-94 season.

The former Denver Nuggets point guard spent eight seasons in the league from 1990 to 1998 before venturing to Europe and Saudi Arabia.

During the 1993 NBA All-Star weekend, Abdul Rauf participated in the Slam Dunk Contest and was renowned for his exceptional accuracy as a free throw shooter in the league.

Additionally, Abdul Rauf was the best free throw shooter in the NBA during the 1993–94 and 1995–96 seasons.

In the 1993–94 season, he had an impressive free throw percentage of .956, the third-highest in the history of the NBA. Only José Calderon and Calvin Murphy had higher free throw percentages in a single season than him.

5. Stephen Curry - 80

Stephen Curry impressive run of 80 continuous free throws in the NBA reached its end in January 2021. Curry could not surpass Abdul Rauf's streak of 81.

The four-time NBA champion entered the match with a 76 straight free throws streak, and he sank his first four of the evening to extend the streak to 80. However, in the first quarter, he missed his first free throw of the game, ending the streak.

Steph Curry takes a picture with legendary NBA player Bill Russell after the championship win
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Besides, Steph's streak was the fifth-longest in NBA history, and it was the longest by a Warrior since Chris Mullin made 75 straight in 1995. Curry had a fantastic season with a free throw shooting percentage of 91.4%, the highest he had ever achieved in his career.

Furthermore, the 35-year-old also holds the record for the highest NBA free throw percentage with .9087.

6. Calvin Murphy - 78

Calvin Murphy made history in 1981 by scoring 78 straight free throws which was the highest at the time.

The streak began on December 27, 1980, and ended on February 28, 1981, over 17 games. Murphy was incredible at shooting free throws in basketball, making him one of the best ever in the league.

Calvin Murphy playing with a helmet on during a 1980s NBA game
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He set two remarkable records during his era, one for making the most consecutive free throws and another for having the highest free throw percentage in a single season, both achieved in the 1980-91 season.

However, over time, other players have managed to break both of these records. The records are even more impressive when you consider that it was set during the period when the NBA's free throw rules were much different than they are today.

7. Mark Price - 77

Mark Price hit 77 sequential free throws in NBA games without any misses in 1993. Price served as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets.

The Oklahoma, native earned a reputation as one of the league's most dependable shooters, maintaining an impressive 90.4% success rate in free throw shooting throughout his career.

Price, who spent most of his playing days at the Cleveland Cavaliers, scored 77 straight free throws in the 1992-93 campaign, which was the second highest at the time behind Micheal Williams and Calvin Murphy.

The four-time NBA All-Star joined the Denver coaching crew in 2007 and had a series of stints at other clubs before returning to the Nuggets in 2018.

8. Ricky Pierce - 75

Ricky Pierce displayed an impressive streak by making 75 consecutive free throws across multiple games in 1991. It was the second-longest streak at that time.

It was during the end of the regular season between November and December of the 1991-92 season. Pierce's run of 75 successive FT was only three short of breaking the all-time record of 78, which had been set by Calvin Murphy during the 1980-1981 season.

Sonics Ricky Pierce dribbling against the Bucks Eddie Johnson
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The NBA All-Star of 1991 had a remarkable career spanning over 15 seasons in the league, during which he represented multiple teams. His journey commenced in 1982 when the Detroit Pistons drafted him.

Pierce then made a stop at the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and finally made a return to the Bucks to conclude his career in 1998.

9. Steve Nash - 74

Steve Nash free throw records are astonishing spanning over multiple categories. Nash scored 74 repetitive free throws in 2007.

During his second stint with the Phoenix Suns, the 6-foot-3 athlete broke one after another record, including career free throw percentage, consecutive free throws made, and single-season free throw percentage.

Steve Nash playing against the Suns during the 2005 western conference finals
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His straight 74 FT run started in April 2007 during the 2006-07 season and lasted till November 2007.

Nash became the NBA regular season leader twice for free throw percentage with an impressive .921 in 2006 and .938 in 2010.

Moreover, he recorded the second-best career free throw percentage in NBA history, shooting an impressive 90.42 percent on at least 1,200 career attempts.

10. Caron Butler - 73

Caron Butler had a free shots streak of 73 in the NBA during the 2007-08 season. Butler is the 2011 NBA title winner with the Dallas Mavericks.

Throughout his 14-year career, Butler had the opportunity to play for several NBA teams, including the Miami Heat, LA Lakers, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers, and more.

His run of 73 consecutive free throws came while he was playing for the Wizards.

In 2020, Caron Butler took on a coaching role with the Miami Heat, becoming an assistant coach under Erik Spoelstra's leadership.