San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner shoots the three-ball well. Save for an excellent final round from Kyrie Irving in this year's NBA All-Star 3-point shoot out, he would have claimed the crown. Add the fact he connects with both the fans and media, it makes him an excellent, and generally well-liked Spur.
Except Bonner is subjected to an undeniable stigma that is supported by multiple years of data: He can't produce in the playoffs.
Playoff Bonner has played poorly since the 2008-09 postseason, when he began receiving regular minutes in coach Gregg Popovich's exclusive playoff rotation.
His efficiency -- an integral part of his game -- dropped. (Note: Playoff sample sizes aren't that reliable.)
The veteran power forward struggled to adapt to postseason basketball. Opposing defenses, conscious of his perimeter exploits, closed out with more purpose, preventing wide-open perimeter shots that he normally subsists on. Bonner's rudimentary skills were exposed. Eventually, fans expected Bonner to falter in big games.