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Shot clock Studs

Q: Which players are the best at making buckets when the time is running down?

A: We publish shooting charts for players and teams that show the shooting percentages in different segments of the shot clock (eg see Denver's shot clock usage #'s or Shane Battier shot clock stats).

One note: since we don't want to overlook the guys making the real 'dagger in the heart' shots -- hitting a three as the clock winds down to zero -- we'll use "effective field goal percentage" which adjusts for three point shots made...the formula = (FG Points) / (2 x FGA). Under this scheme a player hitting 1 of 2 two-point shots and a player hitting 1 of 3 three pointers both have an eFG of .500

Highest eFG with 21+ seconds used
(Minimum: 50 FGA)
Team
Player
eFG
Pts/g
MEM  Battier .583  2.0 
MIL  Simmons .579  1.8 
SEA  Allen .545  2.4 
DAL  Stackhouse .540  2.5 
DEN  Watson .538  1.4 
MEM  E.Jones .536  2.3 
SAS  Bowen .528  1.2 
NJN  Carter .528  2.6 
TOR  Rose .519  1.2 
MIN  Hudson .519  1.5 
PHI  Iguodala .518  1.2 
IND  Jones .516  1.4 
DET  R.Wallace .514  3.2 
TOR  James .511  2.0 
POR  Dixon .511  2.1 
GSW  Murphy .509  1.3 
CLE  Snow .500  1.4 
MIA  Payton .500  1.1 
MEM  Jackson .495  2.4 
MIN  Garnett .494  3.7 
BOS  Pierce .494  1.7 
HOU  Wesley .493  1.4 
LAL  Parker .491  1.2 
DAL  Harris .491  1.1 
CLE  Jones .481  1.1 


Lowest eFG with 21+ seconds used
(Minimum: 50 FGA)
Team
Player
eFG
Pts/g
SAC  Thomas .360  0.8 
IND  Jackson .345  1.5 
PHI  Webber .342  1.5 
IND  O'Neal .339  1.7 
WAS  Jamison .338  1.2 
NOK  Claxton .333  1.4 
UTA  Brown .331  0.9 
UTA  McLeod .328  1.2 
SAS  Finley .325  1.0 
GSW  Dunleavy .320  0.7 
UTA  Palacio .317  0.8 
POR  Jack .314  0.7 
NOK  Mason .311  1.4 
MIL  Magloire .310  0.8 
WAS  Daniels .307  0.8 
SEA  Murray .281  0.8 
DEN  Anthony .278  1.1 
MIL  Williams .276  1.0 
ATL  Pachulia .269  0.6 
DAL  Daniels .235  0.8 
Most FG Pts per game with 21+ seconds used
(Minimum: 50 FGA)
Team
Player
eFG
Pts/g
CLE  James .466  4.3 
MIN  Garnett .494  3.7 
DAL  Nowitzki .470  3.3 
DET  R.Wallace .514  3.2 
MEM  Gasol .395  3.0 
UTA  Okur .430  2.8 
ATL  Harrington .390  2.7 
POR  Randolph .388  2.7 
NJN  Carter .528  2.6 
DET  Hamilton .480  2.6 
DAL  Stackhouse .540  2.5 
SEA  Allen .545  2.4 
MEM  Jackson .495  2.4 
LAC  Brand .477  2.4 
MIN  Szczerbiak .475  2.4 
DAL  Terry .474  2.4 
DET  Prince .456  2.4 
MEM  E.Jones .536  2.3 
CLE  Ilgauskas .457  2.3 
LAL  Bryant .394  2.3 
HOU  McGrady .475  2.2 
NOK  West .393  2.2 
POR  Dixon .511  2.1 
**  Szczerbiak .472  2.1 
SAS  Duncan .402  2.1 


Least FG Pts per game with 21+ seconds used
(Minimum: 50 FGA)
Team
Player
eFG
Pts/g
NJN  Krstic .411  1.0 
CHI  Hinrich .383  1.0 
DEN  Boykins .377  1.0 
NOK  Brown .369  1.0 
SAS  Finley .325  1.0 
MIL  Williams .276  1.0 
CHA  Felton .377  0.9 
CHA  Knight .362  0.9 
UTA  Brown .331  0.9 
CHA  Brezec .392  0.8 
DET  B.Wallace .365  0.8 
SAC  Thomas .360  0.8 
UTA  Palacio .317  0.8 
MIL  Magloire .310  0.8 
WAS  Daniels .307  0.8 
SEA  Murray .281  0.8 
DAL  Daniels .235  0.8 
GSW  Dunleavy .320  0.7 
POR  Jack .314  0.7 
ATL  Pachulia .269  0.6 

As a general rule, any stat that has Shane Battier coming out among the leaders is a good one, since Shane's on court team influence is always to be admired. Being able to get off not only a shot but an efficient one with the buzzer about to sound is a very positive thing. Interestingly a lot of the top eFG players are not the go-to guys on their team, but more often secondary scorers who maybe rely on a nice pass for a catch and shoot jumper in the nick of time!

If you sort it by the number of field goal points in the latter stages of the shot clock (and again we use 21+ seconds gone for our "late" shot clock action) then you get more of the usual high scoring types.

Some of the guys who struggle with time running down are probably trying to force the action (see Carmelo Anthony, Jermaine O'Neal, Chris Webber), when as the leaderboard suggests, a pass to a less heavily guarded teammate may be the order of the day.

Of course a better analysis would also include fouls drawn in the last seconds of the shot clock, turnovers (including how often the 24-seconds run out with the ball in a player's hands), and assists. That would probably shuffle up the ranks considerably since a number of players have the attitude that when the going gets tough, the tough drive into defenders in the hopes of drawing a whistle! (um, yes we do like Ginobili, why do you ask?)


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