A telling look at Hedo Turkoglu's crunch-time stats
Points per 48 minutes Last year: 38.2 (14th in NBA) This year: 23.4 (60th in NBA) Field goal percentage Last year: 40.2 This year: 32.3 3-point percentage Last year: 39.4 This year: 23.1
Here are some chilling statistics regarding Hedo Turkoglu’s crunch-time play. Last year, Hedo Turkoglu was the 14th-ranked crunch-time scorer, averaging 38.2 points per 48 minutes. He was the guy the Magic leaned on with the game on the line. This year, Jameer Nelson became that guy. Nelson took the big shots. Nelson ran the pick-and-rolls with Dwight Howard in the final minutes. Nelson’s out, and the Magic need Turkoglu again. The problem is, Turkoglu has been ineffective at the end of games this season. He’s not letting the game come to him like he did last season – he’s using his picks as only a means to get to the basket, and forcing shots and passes that aren’t there. I think some of it has to do with the expectations of being that crunch time guy. And maybe part of it has to do with his looming free agency this offseason. Here are Turkoglu’s stats in crunch time, according to 82games.com. Crunch-time stats are defined as the fourth quarter or overtime, less than 5 minutes left, and the game closer than five points.