NBA GMs Pick Damian Lillard as the Most Clutch Player Over Stephen Curry

Published 12/18/2020, 11:30 PM CST
DENVER, CO – MAY 7: Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers shows signs of frustration against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The Denver Nuggets versus the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the teams’ second round NBA playoff series at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Taking the final shot of the game is an enormous responsibility, especially if your team is behind. During a survey involving GMs from the NBA, Damian Lillard was chosen, ahead of Stephen Curry, as the best player to take a shot with the game on the line.

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Lillard received 32% of the votes, whereas Curry just received 25%. It is surprising because last season, Curry had 44% of the votes compared to Lillard who received just 11%. Could this be a result of recency bias? Lillard is coming off his best season. He averaged 30 points and eight assists per game, while also shooting 40% on a ridiculous 10 attempts per game.

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On the other hand, Curry was missing for most of the season due to injuries. His lack of action may have swayed the tide against him.

Does Damian Lillard deserve votes over Stephen Curry?

Curry has shown his clutch moments. His winner against OKC is one of the most memorable shots in recent memory. It earned a double “bang” from Mike Breen, which is extremely rare. He has also had other crucial shots like the one against the Pelicans in Game 3 of the 2015 Playoffs, and a host of winners in the regular season against the Magic, Mavericks, and the Celtics to name a few.

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But one cannot count out Lillard when it comes to being clutch. He is the only player apart from Michael Jordan, to win two playoff series with a game-winner. His “bad shot” against Paul George sent the internet in a frenzy and took the Blazers to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

While Curry’s clutch ability is still among the best in the league, Lillard’s ability has given birth to the term “Dame Time” which stands for the dying moments of the game, when Lillard rises to the occasion. That is the ultimate seal of being clutch.

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So choosing over Lillard might seem as recency bias to a few, but the more surprising thing is the amount of votes Lillard received at the beginning of the 2019-20 season. He has worked hard to master this art of sealing games in the clutch, and there are few better than him at this.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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