Most Clutch Players in NBA History

The Top Ten

1 Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.

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 comparison has always been made "Kobe is the next Jordan, or the closest thing to Jordan." Now Kobe is retired and the fact that he is in the same sentence as Jordan at the end of his career is amazing. At this point, it can even be argued that Kobe may have been better than Jordan. And one of those reasons is because Kobe is the most clutch human being to have ever lived. Time after time, he hit game winning shots whether it be one on one, double-teamed, a floater, or a fade away from the corner. Kobe in the fourth quarter became unhuman in his ability to take over the game entirely. Now overall, I'm not going to just say Kobe is better than Jordan because I don't necessarily think he is, but when it comes down to the last four minutes of the game, I'll pick Kobe over any other player and that's why he should be at the top of this list.

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! "

You should add Derrick rose

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2 Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

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

I would say Jordan is the MOST clutch players in NBA history. In a crunch time, pass the ball to him and he can make a decision in a less than one second: to pass the ball or to shoot.
I remember Game 6 the 1993 finals, Bulls vs Suns, when Bulls left 2 points in the last second Jordan pass the ball to John Paxson and Paxson scored 3-points...

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.

I do not agree that Kobe Bryant is the best clutch player in history because look at 1995 to 2003, he made clutches very fast no matter if he scored it he shot the ball or did an assist to one of his teammates.

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3 Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics. (1979-1992)

After reading the comments, it seems like most people here equate last second shots with being "clutch". And although hitting a buzzer beater is part of being clutch, there are many other qualities that must be considered...and Larry Bird has them all.

Yes, he was an assassin when it came to hitting a lest second shot. But beyond that, Bird could beat you on defense or by passing the ball. He was easily the most "clutch" player ever..

I would not go as far to say that he's the best player ever, but if I needed a player to win me a game in the final few seconds, it would absolutely be Larry Bird. If they Celtics were up by 2, tied, or down by 2...he seemed to always figure out a way secure the win.

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

In one game Bird hit a three with 24 seconds left to tie the game that was called off because the coach called time out. About 20 seconds later he hit another three running away from two defenders off his left foot to tie the game. In the first overtime he hit two free throws to tie the game and go to another overtime. In the second overtime with two seconds left and down 1 he hit a long two with his foot on the three point line to win it. I think had another game winner in the same week.

He was the best ever in the nine year stretch before injuries

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4 Reggie Miller

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!

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

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

8 points in nine seconds, PERIOD

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5 Paul Pierce Paul Pierce Paul Anthony Pierce is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

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

The Truth! He definitely deserves to be on this list

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

LOL! He's one of the worst players now...

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6 Magic Johnson Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.

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.

He played with HIV! My god... Idiots, HIV!

Exactly. He should be number 1 - Elwood

7 Jerry West Jerry West Jerry Alan West is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

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

We call him Mr. Clutch for God's sake! Unbelievable that he's not even in the top 3. I agree with what another person said on here, being "clutch" is not only hitting buzzer beaters, but also picking up your team and putting them on your shoulders in the late stretches of games to lead them to victory...and Jerry West did both of those things as well as or better than anyone else in history. No way he should be anything less than top 3

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8 Robert Horry

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

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.

Greatest clutch player ever, I would give it to him in all circumstances to win or tie a game

How is he not top 5 at least!

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9 Dwayne 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.

Definitely third to only kobe and jordan this man is a killer in the final minute

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10 Ray Allen Ray Allen Walter Ray Allen, Jr. is a former American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent.

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.

His threes way better than curry

Ray Allen is very clutch. look at his shot against the spurs

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The Contenders

11 Lebron James Lebron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Heat and the Cavaliers.

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

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

Look at him again he shoots when he knows that his team needs it. Very concentrated

Lebron really doesn't make "clutch shots", but when he does he drains them!

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12 Stephen Curry Stephen Curry

Before it's all said and done, Curry will go down as one of the most clutch shooters in NBA history. His shots to tie games, take leads, or win games in crunch time (last 5 mins of a game) are trending up. As the Warriors play to challenge the 95-96 Bulls in 15-16, Curry has taken a larger role and is leading the NBA in scoring. The only thing that can slow him down is a lack of opportunities to win games with a shot, because they beat opponents so badly that Curry sits entire 4th quarters sometimes.

Stephen curry is a great shooter but larry Bird was amazing 2. Reggae miller ray Allen and Glenn Rice. Curry is hot right now. That doesn't mean it will last forever.

He should be number 1. He doesn't just chuck up shots. He methodically picks and chooses them unless he has to "chuck" them up with time expiring and from long,long,long distances and they still go in. So I wouldn't say chuck. I'd say it's a controlled long shot. And so everyone is clear, Michael Jordan averaged 1635 shots a year through his career. Curry is only averaged 1100. Just because Curry makes more and has a crazy high make percentage you shouldn't hold that against him. Jealousy really is so ugly

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13 Tracy McGrady

Seriously... he should be at least top 5 I think... 13 points in 33 seconds is just too much

So many game winners...and if he was doubled he either still scored or got the game winning assist...Also has the greatest clutch performance the NBA has ever seen!

He scored 13 points in 33 seconds

13 Points in 33 seconds

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14 Bill Russell Bill Russell

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

Should be a bit higher, because most people think that "the more rings, the better" and that is why some people think MJ is the best, but they ignore Bill Russell in that conversation

Just Look at all the Rings.

Won 11 nba finals

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15 Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.

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

This man is probably the greatest scorer to ever walk this earth. He is so versatile, quick, lengthy. He can get any shot he wants, which includes the final one to clinch the W

Kevin can play he can also make amazing shots

KD's efficiency is so consistently high he's basically clutch all the time. He's an automatic transmission.

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16 Chauncey Billups

He should be at least in the top 8 how on earth do you thing he got his nickname being clutch and hitting big shots for gosh sake!

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

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17 Dirk 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 is a clutch player in every way...he is the leader, strength, and best player of the Mavericks. He belongs in top 10...LeBron is beginning to show signs of wear and tear...Dirk is a quiet humble superstar who makes others around him better everyday. Dirk is clutch and had an all star season for being 37...check the numbers!

18 game winning shots (including one in the olympics) this man deserves to be in the top ten

Dirk made Lebron his bitch in the 2011 NBA Finals. He made fadeaways, 3 pointers, and drove it to the rim all in the late parts of the game.

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18 Vince 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

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.

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.)

Very few players have hit as many big shots as Vince. His game winner against the Spurs in the playoffs was one for the ages.

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19 Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association.

Most game winners sense 2003 behind kobe that still plays in the NBA.

Highest game winning shot percentage ever in the nba eight now

2 in a week is ridiculous

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20 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Best 2 point shot ever. Unstoppable. I can't fathom how no 7 footers has taken Kareem as role-model and learn to shoot the sky hook over the last two decades.

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.

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