Tweet >On Wednesday, Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the game-tying free throw with 0.4 seconds left in a 122-121 loss against the Celtics.
>Giannis has now missed 25 free throws in clutch time since the start of the 2018-19 season, the most in the NBA over that span.
This is kinda concerning
From 2010 to 2020, the player with the most clutch field goals is Russell Westbrook with 442.
For reference, the next man up is Lebron James, who had 383. That’s almost 59 FG more.
The criterion is the last 5 minutes of a games where the team is leading or trailing by 5 points. For you stricklers.
And as for efficiency, he was surprising good, as in the top 10 of FGA, he was 5th out of players like Damian Lillard, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, John Wall, Kemba Walker, etc. With 40% FG.
Combining regular season and playoffs, he still is the best, with 483. He still leads the next man up by 17 FG.
Just an interesting stat.
It doesn’t seem like the narratives are based in reality that Giannis is somehow this terrible player in the closing minutes of games. I thought the stat was interesting because Giannis’ FG% in clutch time is actually higher than his normal FG%
Giannis’ volume on these shots is a bit lower but that could partially be explained by the Bucks having the best record and net rating in the NBA over the last two seasons (which results in less “clutch” situations)
The Gobert contract was a catch 22. If they let him walk they weren’t gonna get a player of his caliber to come to Utah in FA and a trade wouldn’t probably wouldn’t be able to net enough in return for him potentially being a rental. It’s just a reality. You could argue that players like Gobert and Wall aren’t Max/Supermax worthy players but the reality is when your in a destination that isn’t attractive for FAs you have to somewhat overpay for whatever talent you could get your hands on.
The other alternative would’ve been to let him walk for nothing or a meager return that would’ve resulted in several years of a rebuild/retool. Which at that point the narrative would be how the Jazz need to just trade Mitchell to a contender and rebuild. But then that’s the part(particularly around draft time) where bad teams get accused of tanking and not doing enough to win because of what the Sixers. In fact the lottery itself somewhat operates off the presumption that every team that is bad is purposefully doing so to guarantee themselves the top pick and that is horrible for the sport.
Despite Brown's scoring proficiency tonight, Tatum was arguably the better player impacting all facets of the offense and playing a major role on defense
EDIT: And as pointed out, 0 turnovers while making those 12 assists