20 Most Clutch Players in the NBA right now
With the game on the line, who can you count on? Who will embrace the role of taking the matter into his own hands, demand the ball, make a play and live by the results?
Being clutch means being able to withstand the pressure of the crucial moment and being courageous enough to accept the end result irrespective of what it is.
With 2017 ending, let's count down our 20 most clutch players in the league right now. (All shooting percentages are rounded off)
Some Notable Exclusions: Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Carmelo Anthony, Bradley Beal, John Wall
#20 DeMar DeRozan
The player with the best Kobe Bryant impersonation currently (except the long distance shooting). He has one of the best mid-range game in the league currently. He can throw ferocious dunks and is also clutch.
Although he doesn't have that many game winners, he has played fairly clutch in the last 3 seasons as per the numbers and is worthy of being called clutch. This year, he is also being a little more of a playmaker, trying to bring the culture of ball movement in Toronto.
Let's have a look at Derozan's clutch stats in the last 3 years-
2015-16 (5th in the league): 2.9 ppg, 0.5 rpg on 39% shooting, +1.2 bpm, +9.2 net rating, 17.8 player impact estimate
2016-17: 3.6 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.5 apg on 48.7% shooting, +1.5 bpm, +16.1 net rating, 26.1 player impact estimate
2017-18 (till 28/12/07): 3.6 ppg on 43.8% shooting, 25% from threes, +0.4 bpm, -2.6 net rating, 29.6 player impact estimate