In contrast, teams with multiple good options on offense can be hard to stop. The Suns trio of Amare Stoudemire (71 percent FG), Shawn Marion (53 percent FG, .574 eFG) and Steve Nash (45 percent, .511) are all excellent crucial-moment shooters. Likewise, Washington features a balanced attack of Larry Hughes (48 percent, .526), Antawn Jamison (47 percent, .520), and Gilbert Arenas (44 percent, .467).
There's more to being a clutch scorer than simple scoring rates and shooting percentages. Foul drawing and free-throw shooting, passing and turnovers, even offensive rebounding should be factors in considering the true effectiveness of a player's contributions on the offensive end.
Let's be honest though, at this time of year there's one thing on NBA minds: the PLAYOFFS! When it comes to the postseason, people remember those last-minute shots. While Michael, Magic and other greats have their share of game-winning shots, unlikely heroes abound -- Dennis Johnson's cut to the basket after Bird's steal, John Paxson and Steve Kerr's Chicago heroics, Derek Fisher's "San Antonio Heartbreaker" last season.
If we do take a more "super clutch" view, say looking only at the last minute of the fourth quarter/overtime (i.e. it's a one possession game), then we are upping the ante: on a league wide basis, players shot just 35 percent from the field in these circumstances.
These players on playoff-bound teams have been the best at putting the ball in the hole in the 2004-05 regular season with the game is truly on the line and a bucket is hard to come by?
Who'll be best when the game is on the line?
(Minimum 10 FGA, playoff-bound teams)
Don't be surprised if some of these names make their presence felt this postseason!
Roland Beech is the founder of 82games.com, a Web site that covers the NBA with an intense statistical focus.