Grizz: Raps in the clutch
Old 05-14-2012, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A topic that has been gaining quite a but of press around the league in the last few seasons is clutch play. It’s a topic that blends the lines of stats and narrative to create constant debate among sports fans. Such a complex category can cause quite a bit of disagreement among basketball experts, and I’m far from such, so I offer my analysis while still trying to give you enough data so you can come to your own conclusions. We can debate what even constitutes clutch play, but for my purposes I will lean towards the last few minutes of a game rather than game winning/tying shots, as I feel clutch play is random enough on it’s own, let alone breaking it down even further to a play or two a game. Also note there is plenty of work out there that will analyze clutch play among the superstars of the league, by better writers with better resources than I, so you won’t find that here. We’ll be focusing strictly Raptors for this piece.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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nice work Grizz. I think this would be a big area of concern as far as the draft and/or free agent additions come into play.
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nice work grizz. enjoyable read first thing on a monday morning.
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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nice work Grizz. I think this would be a big area of concern as far as the draft and/or free agent additions come into play.
I originally intended to do some work in this area, but I thought it was getting a little long as is. I was going to go over the clutch stats for some of the potential (wishful?) FA targets, perhaps I still will. Seems like it's something that is really hard to predict if it translates from team to team though.
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Cool stuff, man.

No real surprise that we don't have a closer, but the Raps aren't the only team in TO that don't.
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Nice grizz !


just a question : do you have the barbosa numbers during his time here ?
i think that would be interesting to know too.
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I originally intended to do some work in this area, but I thought it was getting a little long as is. I was going to go over the clutch stats for some of the potential (wishful?) FA targets, perhaps I still will. Seems like it's something that is really hard to predict if it translates from team to team though.
If you decide to do the FA targets, I would read it. I'm interested too.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Great read Grizz. Interesting that Bargnani seems to be the only "plus" clutch player we really have (while everyone else is significantly negative).
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:07 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Good read, but why you always hating on bayless?
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If anyone wants to read a piece detailing the over-fixation on clutch statistics:
Catch 23: The Hero Fallacy and Why We Overvalue Closers Back Picks - +EV Sports Blogging

Very good read.
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