Memo actually is money… along with Boozer and Korver

December 19th, 2009 | by Spencer Hall

Maybe everyone has already seen this, but Henry Abbott recently linked to some fine work by NBA.com’s John Schumann back in November to see what the numbers say about the most clutch shooters in the league. Were you surprised to see three members of the Jazz in the top ten? Mehmet Okur is #2, Carlos Boozer is #6, and Kyle Korver is #9.

Highest True Shooting Percentage in Clutch Situations, Last Five Seasons
Player FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3PT% FTM FTA FT% PTS TS%
Manu Ginobili 96 219 0.438 29 83 0.349 202 235 0.860 423 0.656
Mehmet Okur 113 240 0.471 47 115 0.409 113 133 0.850 386 0.647
Steve Nash 146 318 0.459 54 127 0.425 171 192 0.891 517 0.642
Amar’e Stoudemire 102 187 0.545 0 6 0.000 128 171 0.749 332 0.633
Chauncey Billups 133 318 0.418 52 142 0.366 219 245 0.894 537 0.631
Carlos Boozer 109 190 0.574 0 0 75 99 0.758 293 0.627
Shawn Marion 126 230 0.548 11 37 0.297 68 88 0.773 331 0.616
Corey Maggette 84 204 0.412 10 42 0.238 189 215 0.879 367 0.615
Kyle Korver 68 180 0.378 35 112 0.313 124 141 0.879 295 0.609
Ming Yao 111 217 0.512 1 4 0.250 129 164 0.787 352 0.609
TS% = True Shooting Percentage = PTS/ (2*(FGA + (0.44*FTA)))

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Memo actually leads the league in the greatest increase in clutch shooing percentage as compared to overall percentage. Meaning Craig Bolerjack is right: Memo really is money in the clutch. Boozer is right there at #3.

Biggest Difference, Clutch vs. Overall True Shooting Percentage, Last Five Seasons
Player Clutch TS% Overall TS% Difference
Mehmet Okur 0.647 0.568 +0.079
T.J. Ford 0.593 0.515 +0.078
Carlos Boozer 0.627 0.572 +0.055
Manu Ginobili 0.656 0.605 +0.051
Caron Butler 0.592 0.542 +0.050
Shawn Marion 0.616 0.570 +0.046
Jason Kidd 0.559 0.518 +0.041
Ben Gordon 0.594 0.554 +0.041
Zach Randolph 0.555 0.515 +0.040
Mo Williams 0.580 0.544 +0.036

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Despite his heroics against the Bucks earlier this week, Kobe Bryant is way down the list at #38. Henry makes the case that even though it seems like Kobe is a cold blooded assassin at the end of games, our perception is skewed due to the total volume of end-of-game shots he takes.

Regardless of the numbers, I don’t think any team wants to see Kobe with the ball at the end of the game and chance to win.

Spencer Hall
Founder Spencer Hall has covered the NBA, Team USA and NBA D-League since 2007 and launched Salt City Hoops in 2009. Spencer is now the news director at KSL.com
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