De’Aaron Fox was named the NBA Clutch Player of the Year on Tuesday.
The Sacramento Kings All-Star beat out fellow finalists DeMar DeRozan and Jimmy Butler for the honor as the first-ever winner of the award. The creation of the award was announced as the NBA’s sixth individual season-long honor alongside Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man and Coach of the Year.
With the award, Fox takes home the first edition of the Jerry West Trophy, which was named after the Lakers legend thanks to his nickname “Mr. Clutch.”
The award was voted on alongside the rest of the league’s individual awards by a panel of 100 media members. Fox dominated the ballot with 91 first-place votes. The NBA defines a clutch player as the “player that delivers most when the game is on the line.” Per the league, “clutch time” is defined as the final five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime when the score is within five points.”
De’Aaron Fox takes home the first edition of the Jerry West Trophy. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)
Fox made strong case with historically ‘clutch’ season
Fox fits the bill. The Kings guard led the league with 194 points in “clutch time.” DeRozan was second with 159, while Butler was third with 151. Per the NBA, the three finalists “played nearly identical clutch minutes.”
Breaking down “clutch time” even further, Fox led the league with 103 points in the final three minutes of 3-point games, ahead of DeRozan’s 82 and Butler’s 71. He hit three game winners during the regular season. Per the NBA, Fox’s 1.21 points per clutch minutes played rank 8th in NBA history.
Fox, 25, adds the award to a breakthrough campaign that saw him make his first All-Star team in his fifth NBA season. He’s been an effective scorer and playmaker throughout his career, but upped his efficiency this season with career highs in field-goal (51.2%), free-throw (78%) and 3-point (32.4%) conversion. He averaged 25 points, 6.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while helping lead the Kings to their first playoff appearance since 2006, snapping the longest postseason drought in major U.S. professional…
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Publish date : 2023-04-18 23:02:47
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