How To: Become Really, Really Valuable Make most of your shots in crunch time, like the Bucks' MICHAEL REDD, and you are gold

October 27, 2003

A lot of players say they want to take clutch shots, but which
ones actually shoot better late in the game than they do in the
first three quarters? Last season the shooting of Bucks sixth man
Michael Redd improved the most in the minutes that usually matter
most. Here are the top five players from 2002-03 in that category
(minimum: 150 fourth-quarter and overtime shots combined, and
qualified for league scoring title).

FG% FG%
PLAYER, TEAM QUARTERS 1-3 QUARTER 4
AND OT % INCREASE

MICHAEL REDD, Bucks 44.0 53.6 9.6
ERIC SNOW, 76ers 42.9 51.4 8.5
RICHARD HAMILTON, Pistons 43.4 50.3 6.9
ANDREI KIRILENKO, Jazz 47.1 53.1 6.0
DIRK NOWITZKI, Mavericks 45.4 50.2 4.8

SOURCE: ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU

COLOR PHOTO: GARY DINEEN/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (REDD)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)