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5 things DeMarre Carroll brings to the Houston Rockets

DeMarre Carroll (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
DeMarre Carroll (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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1. Clutch Performer

One of the best traits about Carroll is his clutch gene, which not many people talk about. During the 2017-18 season, Carroll scored the second-most clutch points on the Brooklyn Nets, behind only Spencer Dinwiddie. Carroll shot 46.7 percent from the field during winning time, which was second-best on the Nets that season.

What’s even more impressive about this is the fact that this was 13th-best in the league among players with at least 45 field goal attempts. Carroll also shot a lethal 55 percent from downtown in the clutch, which was tied for the best in the league among players with at least 20 attempted treys.

These would have each been the best on the Houston Rockets during that particular season. But not only that, this gave him a higher field goal percentage and 3-point percentage during winning time than he had during the regular season, which is an amazing feat. This is actually the opposite of how most players perform under pressure.

During the following season, which was the 2018-19 season, Carroll shot 42.9 percent from downtown during winning time, which was third-best on the team among players with seven or more 3-point attempts. This would have also been the highest on the Houston Rockets last season as well among players with at least seven 3-point attempts.

Carroll also provided an example of how he has ice in his veins, as he shot 90.9 percent from the free-throw line during winning time, which was tied with Joe Harris for a team-high among players with more than one free-throw attempt. This would have also been the best free-throw percentage on the Rockets in the same category.

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These were also better averages than Carroll had during the regular season, which is consistent with Carroll being better under pressure. One thing many people haven’t discussed about Carroll is the clutch gene, which he’s proven to have over the years. It goes without saying but this will certainly come in handy for the Rockets, as it provides them with yet another closer.

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