337Re: [APBR_analysis] Re: Measuring clutch performance
- Dec 1, 2001--- John Maxwell <John.Maxwell@...>
> > "Clutch" play by a team is often reflected in theNot only that, baseball teams with a good winning pct.
> percent of close
> > games they win.
> Actually, at least in baseball and the WNBA, this
> has not proven to be the
> case. Generally speaking, bad teams win more close
> games than any other kind
> and good teams win fewer close games than any other
in one-run games generally decline the following
season (as myself and several other White Sox fans
found out this past summer). I suspect the same is
true in the NBA, though I have never looked at the
subject, nor am I aware of anyone who has.
I would have no idea how to analyze which players are
clutch and which ones aren't. Basketball isn't like
baseball where you can just look at what each player
does in each AB and go from there. In basketball
there's defense, rebounding and passing going on in
addition to shooting. Those things would have to be
looked at also, once clutch situations were defined.
I've always felt "clutch" was one of those terms
people used to describe players they wanted to like.
Jerry West was called Mr. Clutch, despite being on the
losing team in eight NBA finals and winning only once.
This isn't to say West wasn't a clutch player. I just
wonder why West got tagged with Mr. Clutch, when it
was Bill Russell who was the biggest winner of that
time. Probably a racial thing.
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