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A real good read on the topic of "Mr. Clutch"

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)


http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/24200/the-truth-about-kobe-bryant-in-crunch-time

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. 

Player Makes Attempts FG%
Carmelo Anthony 21 44 47.7
Chris Paul 14 31 45.2
Shawn Marion 12 30 40
Brandon Roy 12 30 40
Hedo Turkoglu 12 30 40
Rashard Lewis 18 46 39.1
Glenn Robinson 14 36 38.9
Deron Williams 14 36 38.9
Mike Bibby 15 39 38.5
Dirk Nowitzki 25 65 38.5
Jalen Rose 12 32 37.5
Tim Duncan 23 62 37.1
Eddie Jones 13 36 36.1
Karl Malone 11 31 35.5
Ben Gordon 17 49 34.7
Chris Webber 18 52 34.6
Raymond Felton 12 36 33.3
LeBron James 23 69 33.3
Ray Allen 23 70 32.9
Gilbert Arenas 13 40 32.5
Vince Carter 31 96 32.3
Steve Francis 14 44 31.8
Damon Stoudamire 12 38 31.6
Nick Van Exel 16 51 31.4
Kobe Bryant 36 115 31.3
Jason Terry 14 45 31.1
Allen Iverson 21 68 30.9
Kevin Garnett 22 72 30.6
Ron Artest 9 30 30
Allan Houston 12 41 29.3
Entire league 2038 6861 29.7
THEN LATER ON FRIDAY A FOLLOWUP ARTICLE ENTITLED "Another take on Kobe Bryant´s relative clutchness" WAS POSTED BY ERIC FREEMAN OF YAHOO. 

(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." )

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Another-take-on-Kobe-Bryant-s-relative-clutchnes;_ylt=AsKRzLELyUV49plAGZbu38eLvLYF?urn=nba-313919

What do you say???????

No cursing in title. No pirated material, such as links to online game streams. Do not cut/paste entire sections of content from other websites. Thanks.

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