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Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte's planning visit with free agent Brian Roberts, league sources tell Yahoo. He's on top of short list to backup Kemba Walker. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

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New Orleans Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts is the greatest free-throw shooter in NBA history. OK, well maybe not officially – Roberts hasn’t attempted enough foul shots to qualify for that distinction. Still, among all players in NBA history who’ve attempted at least 150 free throws in their career, the second-year pro’s percentage of 92.4 is the highest ever. “That’s pretty amazing,” the University of Dayton product said when he was informed of his place atop the all-time list. “Throughout my career in college and overseas, it’s something that’s been pretty consistent for me. I’ve always been in the upper 80s (in percentage), but to be in the mid- to low-90s, I think that’s the best I’ve done.” “First in NBA history? That’s awesome,” said teammate Ryan Anderson, himself an 85.9 percent career foul shooter who made an incredible 95.2 percent this season before being sidelined by injury. NBA.com

Since joining New Orleans as a rookie in 2012-13, Roberts has connected on a total of 146 of his 158 attempts from the foul line, including a recent stretch in which he sank 32 in a row. After a 90.9 rate as a rookie, he’s up to 93.8 this season, which is better than league leader Dirk Nowitzki’s 91.6 percentage. Unfortunately, you won’t see Roberts’ name yet in the official 2013-14 leaders, because according to Basketball-Reference, a player must make at least 125 free throws in a single season in order to qualify for the lead. The 28-year-old has gone 76-for-81 from the charity stripe in 2013-14, meaning he needs 49 more makes to have a chance to take the No. 1 spot from Nowitzki. NBA.com

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