Even though he missed the last, what, month and a half, of last season, Jamal Crawford still ended up ranked third in the league over the past four seasons (thanks, Jon!) in “game-winning” field goal attempts , defined by 82games by as shot attempts in the last 24 seconds that can tie a game or put a team ahead (the shooting team is tied or behind by one or two points) (Hollinger printed the list in his latest Insider Column)!!!
I know it SEEMED like he was always taking possible game-winning shots, but I was still taken aback to see that he attempted possible game-winning shots THIRTY-FOUR times the last four years, including a whopping FIFTEEN this past season alone!
Only Kobe and Vince Carter took more attempts (although the also oft-injured Joe Johnson was right behind Crawford with 33).
Crawford, by the by, made 9 of the 34 shots, good for 26% (higher than Kobe’s 10 for 43, for what it’s worth).
On a separate note, the NBA really, really needs to re-seed. They’re the only major sport that does not re-seed (that can, as MLB cannot re-seed, as they only have two rounds before the World Series), and their reasons just aren’t good enough to outweigh the drawbacks.