This is not a post to say why or why not our beloved Rockets should trade for a certain player. Rather I just thought since so many bloggers on TDS have been jawing back and forth about this topic over the past couple of weeks I might give us something more to talk about. And except for Stevie "Franchise" being mentioned (and only in the graph), I am sorry to say that the Rockets don´t get mentioned at all as having a clutch player since the 1996-1997 season. And I hope that by stating that this material is NOT mine and by providing links, it is ok with TDS rules to post this type of stuff.
ON FRIDAY HENRY ABBOTT OF TRUEHOOP POSTED THIS ARTICLE ENTITLED "The truth about Kobe Bryant in crunch time" (this article uses plenty of game time stats and just isn´t an article filled with opionions)
THE ARTICLE STARTS OUT LIKE THIS-
"Ask pundits. Ask general managers. Ask players. Ask almost anybody.
Who would you like to have take the last shot with the game on the line?
Kobe Bryant wins by a country mile. Every time. (In a general-manager poll this season, he earned 79 percent of the vote, his ninth consecutive blowout.)
There is not really any other serious candidate.
Ask me, though (as Ryen Russillo did lsat week and Mike Trudell the other day), and I'll tell you I don't know who's the best, but with all due respect to Bryant's amazing abilities scoring the ball, there's zero chance he's the king of crunch time."
THEN MUCH LATER IN THE ARTICLE, THIS AWESOME CHART OF "CLUTCH PERFORMERS" IS INCLUDED
(the results of the last 14 years of games including playoffs)
With the game on the line. Trailing by one or two points, or tied, in the final 24 seconds of regula-season and playoff games since 1996-1997, with a minimum of 30 shots. From Alok Pattani of ESPN Stats & Information.
|Nick Van Exel||16||51||31.4|
(his thoughts are that Kobe is clutch no matter what stats say because it doesn´t necessarily matter if you hit that game winner or, as he writes in his article, " if a player performs well in any postseason context -- even if it's just starting a blowout at the beginning of a game -- he can be seen as someone who comes up big in pressure-filled situations." )
What do you say???????