Kobe Bryant Is Not the Clutch Shooter You Think He Is

December 20th, 2009 by Nick Gelso Leave a reply »
by Calvin Chamberlain

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As Kobe Bryant’s body rose up over the 6’2” frame of Charlie Bell in the closing seconds of a recent overtime game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Celtic fans and Bucks announcers across America screamed “miss it!”.

Surprisingly, the ball went in.

There is a secret the rest of the NBA doesn’t seem to know about Kobe: over the last five seasons, he has been atrocious in the final moments of ballgames. While it is true that he is clutch, leading the league in scoring with five minutes or less in the fourth quarter or overtime, when it comes to the last possession he couldn’t hit the broad side of Sarah Jessica Parker’s nose. 

Kobe ranks third in game winning shots over that period of time with 16 made. Huzzah!  Except, wait a minute, he has also attempted a final shot or turned the ball over a whopping 65 times, making him dead last in shooting percentage among the top 40 players in that situation at 24 perc ...

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