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Damian = Most Clutch Superstar

Damian Lillard is the most clutch superstar in the league.

There are seven teams that currently have records indicating they are a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. My measure of this is fairly simple: win 60% of all games and have a winning record on the road. Teams that fall in this category have a realistic chance of going deep in the playoffs. Let's look at these seven teams, and how their star plays during clutch time. These are the players most likely to have the ball in their hands and take the big shots at crunch time.

I used 82games.com clutch statistics, which hone in on the 4th quarter of overtime, less than 5 minutes left, neither team ahead by more than 5 points. This is when every shot counts. The table below shows the best closers in the league, and their shooting percentages. It is sorted by EFG%, which gives extra credit for 3-pointers. Damian Lillard ranks at the top of the list,hitting two-thirds of his clutch shots! He bests a list that includes past MVPs, scoring champs, Finals MVPs, all-NBAers, all-star game MVPs, and all stars.

Player

EFG%

FG%

FT%

Damian Lillard

83.3%

66.7%

100.0%

Tony Parker

77.8%

77.8%

25.0%

LeBron James

61.5%

53.8%

85.7%

Paul George

56.3%

50.0%

90.0%

Chris Paul

54.3%

47.8%

70.0%

Kevin Durant

37.5%

30.0%

87.5%

James Harden

34.2%

26.3%

80.0%

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