Top five players that scare you with the ball during closing moments
There's been a lot of talk about being clutch, etc lately.
Your team is up one... Who scares you the most with the ball in their hands with just a few seconds left? Who are your top five?
1. Dirk Nowitzki - I always think he's making the shot. And if you foul him, you know he's making them both.
2. Chris Paul - He's unpredicatable. You have to consider all options when he has the ball to close a game.
3. Ray Allen - Allen coming off of a screen and getting open during final moments scares the hell out of me because I always think it's going in.
4. Derrick Rose - He takes his game to another level in the closing moments. I'd prefer to run two defenders at him and make somebody else beat me.
5. Kobe Bryant - His attempts are high and he's predictable, but the fact he doesn't seem to care and always thinks he'll make the next one is scary.
Mine would be something along the lines of...
1. Durant; shown a very clutch mentality, and he's so hard to stop from getting a shot off, it's usually just a matter of make or miss with KD.
2. Dwyane Wade; so many game-winners and he can finish through contact (as with Indy today).
3. Dirk; like KD, very hard to prevent from shooting without fouling, but I consider actually receiving the ball to be important too, which is why he's lower for me.
4. Kobe Bryant; great at getting separation, and has enough experience with taking these shots to nullify the double teams for the most part, is used to shooting with three players all over him from his chucking days.
5. Ray Allen; cold as ice, and I agree, they always feel like they are going in, he only needs the slightest bit of air and he can get off a perfect release.
Just missed: Derrick Rose; his size limits him in my opinion, if you have a Paul George or Lebron James type player who can stay in front of him, that jumper is going to be very tough to get off.
1. LeBron James- He scares me simply because, if he makes it, I am going to be getting sh.it about it all day from my friends and at work.I feel he could score on every possession if he wanted to.
2. Dirk Nowitzki- Same reason as you, you just know he is going to make it.
3. Chris Paul- Cool and calm, will drain a 30-footer in your eyes.
4. Joakim Noah- As a Bulls fan, I am scared sh.itless when he has the ball in his hands in those situations. Noooooooooooo!!!!
5. Monta Ellis- If he is on fire, forget about it. Pull up from 35ft.
1. Kobe Bryant: Look, I've seen this guy play enough times to think the ball is pretty much going in at that situation. Yes he's predictable, but it doesn't stop the ball from going in.
2. Kevin Durant: Ice water in his veins, he can make a cold blooded shot that just quiets the opposing teams crowd. I've seen him do it at times.
3. Carmelo Anthony: I know the Knicks are doing pretty bad. But lets not forget that in closing situations the guy more often than not gets the job done.
4. Dwayne Wade: Circus shots, getting to the line, baseline jumpers you name it. The guy finds away to score when his team needs it.
5. Paul Pierce: He's old, he's slow, and a step back is inevitable. With all of that, Paul pierce makes a living at draining crucial shots down the closing stretch.
Honorable Mention: Russel Westbrook and Derrick Rose
They are both fantastic at also coming up big in the clutch. The only reason why I don't have them in my top five is because they don't really scare me. Or give me that feeling like the ball is going in all the time. The rest of my top five do.
1)Paul Pierce- If hes vsing the knicks you know hell hit the clutch shot.
2)Ray Allen-see number one
3)Durant-i think no one in the nba now wants to win each game more than he does. we saw it with what he said after the loss to the cavs. hes ganna nail the clutch shot and we all know he will.
4)Kobe-beacause hes kobe...
5)Dirk-what you guys said
A lot of names that I would have said arleady mentioned but I will say a couple that I feel are threats in a late game situation.
Lou Williams - I've seen this guy came a long way from when we drfated him out of HS to where he is now. Often times, he has the ball in his hand for the Sixers and we 'll depend on him to get us points (whether its a 3, FTS, or a jumper). It doesn't always pay off since he is 6'2" but he usually comes up big. One interesting fact is that Lou is 3rd in the league behind Durant and Kobe for most points in the 4th quarter. (at least thats what they showed on TV) He can get it done late.
Jason Terry - This guy time and time has hit big shots. Everyone expects Dirk to get the shots (and he does most times) but Terry has bailed the Mavs out a few times. Even back in Atlanta he hit some big shots.
Carmelo Anthony - If he's on fire AND motivated, this guy is unstoppable. Still one of the deadliest assassins late game lol
Kobe- When you get to a level of where you shoot it, stare at it, and then have no reaction to it, that's when you've achieved greatness. Evertime he shoots it, he knows it's falling, and he doesn't even celbrae anymore.
Ray Allen- Those plays Doc draws up are beautiful, and he knocks it down.
Melo- He can drive, pull-up, and can get enough seperation with the stepback, you know he's going to get a decent shot off.
Nate Robinson- Because every time he drives, I'm afraid that he's gonna do somthing stupid.
Monta- He is killer, he'll take a low percentage shot, but it'll fall, don't worry.
Paul Pierce with the ball on the elbow scares me too... I almost put him in the top five.
He's been doing that same move for years and nobody has figured out how to stop it.
Kevin Durant was close to my top five. He's made huge improvements this season.
^There are some moves you just can't stop.
If a guy like Dirk, Kobe, or Paul Pierce fades that far back, all you can do is try to put a hand in their face, but then it still might go in.
HIS STILL MAKES ME LAUGH... http://youtu.be/WK7lIjFsGvg
3.Lebron-Even though he's been scorned and critizied sometimes for often passing the ball,instead of taking the shot himself..Teams STILL Double team him in the last seconds....
5.Pierce-I dont like this guy,but in the final seconds he comes up clutch...
Very interesting forum topic as always from Indyball. Kobe would certainly be my number one guy who I'd want to take the buzzer beating shot and the rest of my list would be fairly much the guys listed above.
1. Pierce: slow footspeed but herky jerky stepback is as deadly as ever. Has no fear.
2. Dirk: Jumpshot is so deadly, can pumpfake and drive as well ( as seen against Heat last year ).
3. Rose: As long as he's not at the line, he is becoming a great closer.
4. Durant: unlimited range and can put the ball on the floor as well
5. Kobe: because he is Kobe.
This topic was made to bash LBJ.
Anyways my Top 5 are.
I like the fact that you put Allen in there. He's gotta be the last guy you want to shot at the end of a game.
I just wanna do this for college players as an extra look:
Sullinger: dude can make a shot from any angle in the post. Even through contact he'll get the ball on the time for a possible offensive rebound.
Barnes: he steps it up in the clutch. Can score in any Way. His midrange game is deadly and off the pump fake he can be a problem
Rivers: can get anywhere on the court. Ice cold and confidant, he really wants to hit the final shot.
1) Dirk - See last year... That jumper with the knee up is unblockable and seems like it's always nothing but net..
2) Lebron/Durant - Their combination of length, quickness and range inevitably allows them to get a clear look at the rim for the shot..
3) Kobe - Might have lost some of his luster the last couple years, but he still has an absolutely deadly mid range game and gets to his spot.
4) Ray Allen - If you see him elevate with the ball in his hands with time winding down your stomach just drops... So smooth.. Always the same seamless motion..
5a) Monta Ellis - Can create his shot from anywhere, and if he's on his game it's going in all you can do is watch..
5b) Derrick Rose - Can't leave him off this list.. Just try to keep him from the rim..
Honorable mention: Chauncy Billups.. He just doesn't miss..
I Cant Believe some of you guys dont have Lebron in the TOP 5..Coaches know what he's capable of doing in the final seconds..Why do you think he's always getting double & triple teamed when the game is on the line? There's a reason why he's always passing the ball,its becuz there are always 2 teammates WIDE OPEN!!!
Mello, Durant, Allen, Rose,