West Has Been Clutch From the Line

ORLANDO – If the 2012 NBA All-Star Game comes down to clutch free throws, one team should have a distinct advantage.

Check out the free throw numbers from this year’s All-Stars in clutch time (last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less), with the West in gray and the East in white…

Clutch-time free throw percentage, 2012 All-Stars

Player FTM FTA FT%
Chris Paul 23 23 100.0%
Steve Nash 9 9 100.0%
Rajon Rondo 4 4 100.0%
Kevin Durant 22 23 95.7%
Kevin Love 21 22 95.5%
Dirk Nowitzki 15 16 93.8%
Marc Gasol 11 12 91.7%
Tony Parker 27 30 90.0%
Russell Westbrook 16 18 88.9%
LaMarcus Aldridge 7 8 87.5%
Luol Deng 12 15 80.0%
Deron Williams 7 9 77.8%
Carmelo Anthony 12 16 75.0%
Chris Bosh 9 12 75.0%
Andrew Bynum 6 8 75.0%
Kobe Bryant 15 21 71.4%
LeBron James 17 24 70.8%
Paul Pierce 9 15 60.0%
Dwyane Wade 6 10 60.0%
Roy Hibbert 5 9 55.6%
Blake Griffin 11 20 55.0%
Dwight Howard 12 22 54.5%
Derrick Rose 2 5 40.0%
Andre Iguodala 3 10 30.0%
West total 183 210 87.1%
East total 98 151 64.9%

The top nine West stars on the list above are an incredible 151-for-161 (94 percent) on free throws in clutch time. So as the game enters the final few minutes, the East would be best advised to keep their opponent off the line.

Check out more numerical notes from NBA.com/stats: East All-Stars | West All-Stars

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2 Comments

  1. Belizeboy says:

    East is still taking it this year. 125 to 111.

  2. razor13 says:

    haha- look at rondo #3, who says the man can’t shoot free throws???