Does Deron Williams Choke In The Clutch?

August 20th, 2010 by Gordon Garner Leave a reply »
Deron Williams is widely regarded as one of the premier point guards in the NBA. Most would rank Williams as at least one of the top three players at his position.

Does he choke at the end of games, though? Let's look at the numbers.

Last season, Deron Williams averaged 24.33 points per 48 minutes of game time.

However, he only averaged 19.2 points per 48 minutes of "clutch" game time (defined as the last five minutes and overtime when neither team is ahead by more than five points).

Where most great players' scoring average dramatically increases (LeBron from 36.55 to 66.1, Kobe from 33.4 to 51.2, Chris Paul from 23.62 to 39.2, etc), Deron Williams' average actually drops off.

Last season, Williams shot a very respectable 46.9% from the field and 37.1% from three-point range. However, during clutch time, his percentage drops all the way to 37.5% from the field and 21.4% from three.

The numbers show that, last season at least, Deron Williams shot the ball poorly during crunch time.

How about his assist numbers? Maybe he tends to go into point guard mode in crunch time. Williams averaged a remarkable ...

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