Josh Cohen’s Analysis: If they are in need of a 3-pointer in the final few seconds, the Magic may script up a play for Frye, who is a career 39 percent shooter from distance and shot 37 percent on 432 attempts from beyond the arc last season. With his length and high-arching release, Frye can shoot over any defender. He also occasionally will be tapped on the arm when contested, which would send him to the free throw line.
Frye has proven he isn’t terrified of the pressure-packed moments. He buried two game-winning jumpers in 2011 – one against the Pacers and another vs. the Nets.
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#4 Elfrid Payton
Cohen’s Analysis: If his poise and confidence in Summer League was an indication of what we can expect in the regular season, Payton may be a worthy option to consider in the clutch. While he isn’t comfortable yet with his jumper, Elf is explosive and is extremely crafty around the basket.
Also striking, Payton – while at Louisiana-Lafayette -- finished second in the country in free throw attempts last season. This insinuates he is willing to attack the rim without hesitation and accept contact to force his way to the stripe.
#3 Ben Gordon
Cohen’s Analysis: He might no longer be the headliner, but we know Gordon has a history of theatrical performances. During his time in Chicago, the ball was typically handed to Gordon in the final seconds with the game on the line. He usually came up big in those spots, connecting on a few game winners and sealers. And some of those buckets came in the playoffs when anxiety reaches its boiling point for most.
It wouldn’t be unimaginable for Jacque Vaughn and his staff to consider inserting Gordon into the game in those pressure-packed moments. He won’t panic and he has always been known to effectively create his own shot.
#2 Victor Oladipo
Cohen’s Analysis: Over a year ago when he drilled a game-winning jumper in Summer League, it was established at that point that Oladipo could handle the pressure. There is no shortage of confidence and reliance in Vic’s repertoire. He is more than enthusiastic and prepared to harness the heavy weights.
Oladipo can beat his defenders with an assortment of moves and skills. His step-back jumper has improved; he is far more in control with his ball handling and he is terrific at avoiding shot blockers at the rim because of his athleticism, craftiness and creativity.
#1 Tobias Harris
Cohen’s Analysis: Harris could have wilted back on that now-historic game-winning dunk from last season. But instead, he wanted that chance to be the hero – not for egotistical reasons but rather because he believes he is the best option when his team needs someone to step up to the plate and hit a homerun. And clearly, that buzzer-beating slam against the Thunder was the equivalent to a game-winning homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Harris continues to expand his game and by all accounts he has added more strength this offseason and is far more reliable with his 3-point shot.