nthydro wrote:End of game situation is different. Why? Pressure. Doesn't matter if you have a great shooting percentage if you can't handle the pressure.
Nash can handle pressure. He's one of the clutchest players in the league and has been for several years. I'm not basing my opinion on the sole fact that Nash is a better FT shooter percentage wise, I've seen him operate in the clutch and he doesn't get fazed by any situation (like Kobe). That's what makes him unquestionably the better option.
Tell me you never seen good free throw shooters choke at line when it's crunch time? Happens all the time.
Yes, I have. However, Nash is not one of those players.
But I'm just speaking in general.
Which is irrelevant.
In the case of Nash vs Kobe, I'd take Kobe simply because I trust him more.
That's great that you trust him more, but that doesn't mean Kobe is a better crunch time free throw shooting option. It just shows that you're being bias. In fact, the numbers show Nash is significantly a better crunch time free throw shooter than Nash (see below).
That's because I've seen him do it so many times.
That's because you've watched way more Laker games than Suns games (or Mavs games).
But I know Nash is also clutch, that's why it's even a debate.
Oh, it's a debate now? I thought no question Kobe was the better option?
And why do you act like Kobe is a poor free throw shooter or something? He's a great one in his own right.
Oh no, do not get me wrong here. Kobe is a GREAT free throw shooter. He's just not on the level of Steve Nash.
If we're down by 3 at the end of a game, and you had a choice between Kobe shooting an open 3 (his 3 pt % is horrible) or someone with a better 3pt shooting %, say Steve Blake, who you gonna pick? My point is you can't always say the higher percentages is always better.
Well if it's between Kobe vs. Blake, I'd probably take Kobe. However, if it was Kobe vs. Nash, I'd take Nash, no question. I'm not sure why you are bringing up Steve Blake though. It's not just about percentages (although they obviously matter), it's that Nash has shown time and time again in his career that he can produce in the clutch. Pressure does not faze him.
Here are some stats to PROVE that Nash is a better option in the clutch:
Kobe shot just 80% on free throws in crunch time this past season (according to 82games.com). Crunch time being defined as "4th quarter or overtime, less than 5 minutes left, neither team ahead by more than 5 points". Nash shot 100%. Using crunch time production over 48 minutes, Kobe averaged 15.2 FTA and Nash averaged 12.6...so it's not like Nash wasn't shooting them.
In the 10/11 season, Kobe shot 87% (16.8 FTA) in crunch time, Nash shot 94% (13.5 FTA)
In the 09/10 season, Kobe shot 82% (18.9 FTA), Nash shot 89% (16.4 FTA).
In the 08/09 season, Kobe shot 92% (18.2 FTA), Nash shot 95% (9.0 FTA)
No question I want Nash shooting crunch time free throws over Kobe.