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Kevin Durant is the best option when a team needs a buzzer-beating score.
Move over, Kobe Bryant; it's Kevin Durant who you want taking the buzzer-beating shot.
That's not to pour purple salt into this season's Lakers' wounds, but as good of a scorer as Bryant is, he is not efficient at the buzzer.
Two years ago, Henry Abbott of ESPN's TrueHoop Blog noted some jaw-dropping stats about Bryant and his ability to hit the last-second shot.
The article from January 2011 revealed the following: "Bryant has attempted 115 shots in the final 24 seconds of a game in which the Lakers were tied or trailed by two or fewer points. He connected on 36, and missed 79 times."
While the article is two years old, it still speaks volumes to the mislabeling of Bryant as a clutch shooter.
Durant, on the other hand, leads the league this season in clutch scoring, a statistic that measures points scored during the last five minutes of a game with a score within five points.
While NBA general managers voted Bryant as the most clutch shooter for the past 10 consecutive seasons, according to an NBA.com poll released in October, the group voted this season for Durant as the game's new best scorer in that final game-deciding moment.
Durant, with his length and versatility, can create his own shot better than any player in the league. He is the league's best scorer and the best guy to shoot a potential buzzer-beater.
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