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Miami Heat: Evidence That LeBron, Not Wade, Will Do the Clutch Scoring

MIAMI - JULY 09:  (L-R) LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat are introduced during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Gordon TrueCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2010

Ever since the convergence of the Miami Heat "Super Team" in June, many have wondered who will get the ball when the game is on the line.

When the game is in the final minutes and every possession is critical, who will shoulder the scoring for the Heat?

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all used to being "The Man." Throughout each of their careers they have been the person carrying their team through crunch time.

Now that they're teammates, who will it be?

At first, the answer seems to be Wade, for a few reasons.

First of all, the Heat is Wade's team, right?

Second, Wade is known as more of a scorer than LeBron, while LeBron is known as more of a distributor than Wade.

Finally, Wade has a better jump shot, which is generally the club of choice for clutch situations.

However, there are some numbers from last season that may surprise. These numbers indicate that LeBron is more of a clutch-time scorer than Dwyane Wade.

Last season, LeBron James averaged 66.1 points per 48 minutes of clutch time.

Clutch time is defined as the last five minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime, when neither team is ahead by more than five points.

James' impressive average was the highest of any player in the NBA last season.

Surprisingly, Wade's average is more than half of James'. Wade averaged 32.6 points per 48 minutes of clutch time, good for 22nd in the league.

This, in and of itself, is solid evidence that LeBron James is more of a clutch scorer than his teammate, Wade.

But wait, there's more.

Last season, Wade averaged 10.0 assists per 48 minutes of clutch time. This was the third highest average in the league, behind only Steve Nash and Deron Williams.

It seems that Wade goes into distribution mode during clutch time. 

LeBron, meanwhile had the ninth highest average of assists per 48 minutes of clutch time at 8.3.

While LeBron's overall numbers show him to be much more of a distributor than Wade, the opposite is true during clutch time.

And while Dwyane's overall numbers show him to be much more of a scorer than James, the opposite is true during clutch time.

The stats don't lie. 

Last season, James was the best clutch scorer in the NBA.

Last season, Wade was one of the best clutch distributors in the NBA.

Perhaps this gives us an indication of what to expect this season when the Miami Heat find themselves in the clutch time of a game.

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