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Interesting Clutch Stats for Derrick Rose

In General NBA on April 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Via Josh Schuhmann of

Another popular argument for Rose is that he’s won many games for his team in the clutch. And if you’ve watched enough of the Bulls this season, you’ve seen Rose hit several big buckets down the stretch of tight games. Heck, you’ve seen several in the last couple of weeks.

But Rose has made fewer than 40 percent of his shots in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score margin of five points or less (either way). And even when you account for getting to the free-throw line, he hasn’t been particularly efficient.

But when the stakes have been a little bit higher, Rose has been better.

In terms of True Shooting Percentage (how efficiently you’re scoring), Rose ranks just 15th (just ahead of Bryant) among those who have taken at least 30 shots from the field in the 3/3 situation. But the fact is that he has the ball more than anyone else in late-game situations, and the Bulls are incredibly efficient. Only Dallas, Golden State and the Lakers have been more efficient in those 3/3 situations.

In one way, two points in the second quarter are worth the same as two points in the fourth. But clearly, being able to put the ball in Rose’s hands at the end of games has been critical for the Bulls, who are 15-9 in games decided by five points or less or in overtime.

And the numbers

Rose in clutch situations 


Situation Off. Eff. Def. Eff. eFG% TS% Usg% Rank
Overall 107.3 99.3 48.0% 54.4% 36.3% 2
5/5 114.0 94.8 40.7% 51.9% 52.9% 1
3/3 120.8 81.6 44.5% 53.8% 58.4% 1

5/5 = Last five minutes of fourth quarter or OT, score differential of five points or less
3/3 = Last three minutes of fourth quarter or OT, score differential of three points or less
eFG% = (FGM + (0.5*3PM))/ FGA
TS% = Points/ (2 *(FGA + (0.44*FTA)))
Usg% = Percentage of possessions used
Rank = League rank in Usg%. Bryant ranks 1st overall, but 2nd in 5/5 and 3/3 situations.

Anyway, interesting figures …. especially the team’s offensive efficiency in clutch situations.

Derrick Rose clearly playing a pivotal role in that as the main creator and ball-handler offensively for the club.

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