Being considered ‘clutch’ in the NBA can sometimes be an overrated part of a player’s game.
For some, having that clutch gene trumps all other facets of a player’s arsenal, even if they’re highly-inefficient chuckers for three quarters but turn it up for the forth.
However, the opposite can also be true, as a player who plays well for the first three-quarters of a game but then completely disappears when the game is on the line in the fourth, especially when he’s the quote-unquote “leader” of the team, is considered a fake superstar and a player who shouldn’t be paid the big bucks just because they can’t close out games despite their All-Star averages.
Obviously, if you’re star player for a franchise, the ball is going to be in your hands 9/10 times when clutch time comes knocking, so a high-shot volume from these sort of players is never a surprise, but their conversion percentages on their shot attempts sometimes can be, and that’s exactly what we’re going to be looking at today, as we count down the top 10 worst clutch time superstar performers*.
*Note: ‘Clutch time’ has been defined by us here at Fadeaway World as the last 5 minutes of a game where the margin is five or less.
10. Klay Thompson – 11-29 FG’s (37.9%)
9. James Harden – 13-35 FG’s (37.1%)
8. DeMar DeRozan – 15-41 FG’s (36.6%)
7. Devin Booker – 12-33 FG’s (36.4%)
6. Victor Oladipo – 19-53 FG’s (35.8%)
5. Andrew Wiggins – 10-28 FG’s (35.7%)
4. Carmelo Anthony – 10-28 FG’s (35.7%)
3. Russell Westbrook – 21-63 FG’s (33.3%)
2. Kemba Walker – 13-44 FG’s (29.5%)