Most Clutch Players in NBA History

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1Michael Jordan

ok.. I shouldn't have to justify myself but I will. the better way to see if a player is clutch is to see his performances in the playoffs. 1997 kobe hit 4 air balls in the most important game of the season. 1998, after his all star game, his game collapsed until the end of the season(included playoffs). in 1999 he got swept without responding against the spurs. in 2000 he was clutch two times, one was game 7 against portland, another was the 4th game in the finals. in 2001 and 2002, he didn't have to be clutch because o'neal was making it easy for him... the only clutch situation he faced was against philly, game 1 and he lost against iverson. then you got 2004 when he got destroyed by prince, he even scored 11 points in a game and then the decisive games, when, twice he didn't shoot the ball for an entire half... then you got his 6/24 in game 7 against the celtics... then you got the statistic that espn put that shows that he is by far the player who misses the most in clutch ...more

Look, Kobe is probably my favorite basketball player of all time, but Jordan is way more clutch. I mean, there are so many legendary shots Jordan made to win the game. Has Kobe made a shot that won a championship? No, but Jordan did against the Jazz. Statistically, Jordan is far superior when it comes to game winning shots. Kobe is really clutch, but Jordan is the king of clutch.

Kobe has more game winning shots. But he is not more clutch...if you see his winning shots most are in the regular season in indifferent games. He missed a lot of them in then playoffs. In contrast,Mike made shots like this in playoffs,Finals as well as regular season,but to me at least REAL clutch means when it COUNTS as well. Kobe DID hit some of those, Mike hit more of those.

Jordan is 6-0 in the finals and mvp in all 6. Enough said

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2Kobe Bryant

No one even THINKS about where the ball should go at crunch time for the Lakers. And it doesn't matter whether Kobe's free or not. The ball is going to him. And the degree of difficulty on most of his clutch shots is unbelievable. But he'll always nail that shot, whether it's a 3-pointer or a long, long fade away jumper. As someone else here said, just because Jordan came first doesn't mean he's more clutch than Kobe. Jordan is the G.O.A.T. But for many more reasons than basketball #Marketing

The competition is way tougher now. defenders are much better now than when jordon played. kobe is being double even triple teamed and while some numbers may not seem too impressive, numbers do not take into consideration the degree of difficulty. also his presence is clutch. some people also look at assist and while kobe may not have the most assist in crunch all that says is his teammates are missing.

Kobe hits tougher shots than Michael Jordan. He hits it off one or both feet. It's just Michael Jordan came in first that's why people can't accept the fact that Mike ain't playing no more. He is their hero. Sorry guys, Mike is done Kobe is the present. And when its Kobe's turn to exit another player will arise and its his turn. However, for now the play is "Give the ball to Kobe and get the hell out of the way! "

Look, Kobe is the most clutch player of all time. I don't care what you others say but he is the best clutch player ever alive. Kobe can shoot ANYWHERE and make it. Jordan was more reliable inside. Whenever Kobe is in the game and there is little time, I always have a feeling he is the one who's gonna get the ball and make a shot.

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3Reggie Miller

all I gotta say is remember the games against the knicks and the game against jordan. PERIOD! - Pag1

Strait up, I've never seen anyone hit more single last second game winners than Reggie. I would have Reggie at 1, Larry Bird at 2, & Michael Jordan at 3!

I think he can shoot the ball without even looking at the basket.. he can do turn around 3 pointers, its like shooting a free throws for him

Miller time is on

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4Larry Bird

Pat riley once said if I had to pick a guy to take a shot to win a game I would pick michael jordan if it were for my life I would pick larry bird. Larry is an easy number 1 in this category and reggie is an easy 2nd

When the game is on the line, who else do you want out there. Game winning shot, clutch steals and great passes. Larry Legend!

Being a clutch player isn't just about laser 3-point shooting. Larry bird could make a crucial steal, hit someone else for a last-second shot perfectly, or make the shot. Kobe has nothing on the Legend

Larry is the black mamba

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5Jerry West

MR CLUTCH is so underrated how is kobe in front of jerry west kobe is not the 2nd most clutch player in nba history jerry west is only guy to win the nba finals mvp on the losing side kobe has the record for most missed shots in nba history the guy plays hero ball not basketball man - iamjesus

Jerry West the best clutch player of all time. Not even close who is second including Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, who frequently missed clutch shot in other games during the regular season. They hit their clutch shots, but not with the frequency of Jerry West.

Finals and when they faced Baltimore he alone led the team clutch doesn't mean hitting a buzzer beater it means when you lead your team when they need it when Baylor was out everyone thought they were going to collapse West stood up in the Clutch and the same with Wilt - 2storm

Kobe and WADE over MR CLUTCH? Let's see anyone else hit buzzer beater behind half court in the FINALS!

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6Paul Pierce

He had to carry the Celts for a good part of his career hitting clutch shots. Pierce is not MJ but he deserves higher.

Greatest clutch shooter of all time that isn't extremely athletic... Easy top 5 in my opinion

YOU can't HANDLE THE TRUTH he deserves number 5 or 6 on this list

The Truth! He definitely deserves to be on this list

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7Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson was very clutch. He could hit a buzzer beater or make a great pass to someone else for the last shot.

One footed buzzer beater against the Celtics covers it all. He wasn't even shooting with his right leg. He shot it with his LEFT LEG.

Exactly. He should be number 1 - Elwood

8Robert Horry

Horry has the name "Big Shot Bob" for a reason. Don't believe me? Watch Game 5 of the 2005 NBA Finals. The guy has 3 Points in the first 3 Quarters, then drops 21 in the 4th and OT to give the Spurs a 3-2 Lead. Tell me that ain't clutch.

We are not arguing best players, its all about what they do in the final minutes. Robert Horry is the man I want with the ball in hand taking a three to go to overtime

Big Shot Bob. Seven championship rings, for which his clutch shots played a part.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Robert Horry is so cold he sweats ice cubes. - Hun20ter

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9Dwayne Wade

Everyone remembers his '06 finals which were basically the best nba finals that 1 man has ever played.

But who saw him on the Olympic team in 2008? He was not only the best player on a team with lebron james, kobe bryant, dwight howard, derrick rose, etc -- But he also poured in another one of his ridiculously clutch performances in the Gold medal game against Spain. - waxythread13

Dwyane Wade is the best or not the best clutch players of the current Miami Heat. He is a Shooting Guard, but he's clutch at shooting 3 pointers, and his nickname is called "Flash" or "D Wade". And that's why he's a clutch player. He is well known for hustle plays, passes, and he can shoot, he can dunk, he can rebound, and he could do anything. And that's why he is the boss. Laugh out loud

This guy makes jaw drop every time it's crucn time. Wade has the killer instinct to just go at you hard, and deliver a blow right in your face. The dude played god awful in the Chicago Bulls series this past year while Lebron was carrying the team for the first 3 quarters, but Wade showed up every 4th quarter and played his best 5 minutes of the game. And don't even get me started on the 06' finals. This man is on a mission, a mission to be the greatest EVER.

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10Ray Allen

50% shots taken when trailing by one or two points, or tied, in the final 24 seconds of playoff games since 1996-97

6/12... only game winners, so here didn't counted shots in crunch time (5 minutes)

4-6 Place in All-time Clutch in my opinion... better than Kobe for sure...

Greatest shooter of all time no doubt.

Game 6 vs spurs, he save the championship for Miami and steal championship for san antonio

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11Lebron James

Why is LeBron even on this list he made like 3 clutch shots.

LeBron actually has a higher FG % on go ahead buckets in the final 5 seconds of OT or regulation than Kobe in the regular season, and on less attempts in the same situation in the POSTSEASON than Kobe, has made more. Sure, one could point out his 2 rings, but rings are a TEAM accomplishment. 2007, he had no chance. 2011, the Big 3 still didn't have good team chemistry. 2014, the Spurs just really stepped up their game. And in 2015, basically LeBron and a bunch of nobodies took a 67 win team to a 6 game series. Now I know MJ is the most clutch ever. But LeBron needs to be top 10. And unlike Kobe or MJ, he knows when to pass the ball to another teammate and let HIM take the shot. - Asap_Roger

Just wow he has most clutch in 2008-2009-future - nbaallstar

Fun Fact: Lebron clutch shot percentage is higher than Kobe and even Jordan. WOW!

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12Bill Russell

He went 10-0 in game 7's. That's about as clutch as it gets.

Just Look at all the Rings.

13Chauncey Billups

For Pistons n reglure season and playoffs none better, there was no one else on team to take shot, or wanted to take it..

14Kevin Durant

Remember that four point play two years ago to clinch a win for the thunder against the Grizzlies. That's the stuff that makes Kevin Durant Clutch. - Hun20ter

He got a four point to tie

Huge kd fan. Super clutch player. That one time he hit that three to win the game. Fading 2-4 feet away from 3point line. Hit it swish. OKC for life

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15Vince Carter

To me he is one the most clutch players ever how can lebron be up when you have so many guys that are better than him in this category its not "hater" thing because I enjoy lebron but its just stupid in my opinion and you can count d wade clutch winner games and vince carter and you will see who is better in clutch shots

His game speaks for itself. Being a great dunker comes with the label of being "just a dunker", but players like Dominique escaped that label (Who by the way, is a very similar player to Vince). Carter is 6th all time in three point field goals made, 26th in scoring, and yet his name is still synonymous with just dunking. Now far past his prime, VC continues to present a scoring threat to any opponent. 16 game winners in nothing to scoff at either, and I hope Vince will escape the incorrect label that has been placed on him when he is inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. (P.S. vince is the greatest dunker of all time and don't try to tell me otherwise.)

It's a shame surfing the net, looking at various so called the best ever clutch player lists because most of them does not have Vince 's name on it. Seriously he is by far the most underrated player.

Most underrated player of all time

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16Tracy McGrady

He scored 13 points in 33 seconds

Please the man always shoots with 2 people guarding him in the last 1 min

At his prime he's a Monster!

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17Dirk Nowitzki

How is Dirk below LeBron? Sure LeBron has had some clutch games, but almost every game of the Mavericks 2011 playoff run was a clutch game for Dirk. There is a difference between clutch and having amazing stats. Dirk is clutch.

Dirk should be in the top 10 above Kobe and LeBron. He had to carry the Mavs for years based on how he performed in clutch time. Bill Russell is one of the greatest but he's as great in clutch time as a lot of the people here. Dirk=Future HOF - bishop.moore07

One of the Best 4°Q Players of All Time. He shoots from three, in layout, in high post our low post.

18Stephen Curry

The only player anyone seems to idolize today... Maybe someday you guys will be chucking up 20 threes a game in the nba too - G3T_R3KT_M8

Curry is clutch and MVP for 2014 2015

He is the beat

19Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

No single individual can hold this dude period! I'd give him the ball first in clutch time. Greatest scorer of all time for a reason.

20Tim Duncan

4 championships, game winners, greatest big man ever, How can he not be on this list, game winners aren't the only judge of clutchness, he plays best when the Spurs need it. Greatest PF, Greatest big man.

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