Who is Mr. Clutch in the NBA?

John Schuhmann of NBA.com wrote an interesting article last week that looks at how players perform in “the clutch” (i.e. the last five minutes of a game with a margin of five points or less).

So who is Mr. Clutch? The man in the picture.

Manu Ginobili has the highest true shooting percentage of any player in the last five seasons. He’s not a particularly good shooter (44%) in the clutch, but he gets to the line a ton and makes his free throws at a high rate (86%). Mehmet Okur is second and Steve Nash third.

You also might notice that there’s no Bryant, James, Wade or Carmelo Anthony in the top 10. They’re a little further down the list. James ranks 12th, Anthony ranks 22nd, Wade ranks 28th and Bryant ranks 38th.

Who has the biggest difference in overall TS% and clutch TS%? Or, in other words, who steps up their game the most in the clutch?

Okur is tops in that category, trailed by T.J. Ford and Carlos Boozer. Ginobili is fourth.

Who’s shooting declines the most in the clutch?

Kirk Hinrich is first, followed by Pau Gasol and Hedo Turkoglu.

Where do our big four stand? James and Anthony shoot better in the clutch, while Wade and Bryant do not.

It’s an interesting read.

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