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

Kobe is the best - Crocy

kobe sucks

Finally respect

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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

2 of the greatest clutch shots to close out series... not even Kobe can touch Jordan

Its not even a contest

Jordan would kill you in the third and in the rare chance you had anything left to stay in the game he would nail a buzzer beater. Kobe took had too many opportunities because his team always underperformed and they ended up against the fence in the forth.

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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)

This dude is a true Gunslinger! He can do anything he wanted to do on the court, Total package score at will, rebound, passing amazing, basketball IQ off the charts, can go left or right strong and finish, TUFF as nailz, he's my top pick all time

The bigger the stakes the higher the reliability of the player, and that's how the Pat Riley quote is interpreted. Larry was blessed with an uncommon amount of confidence, sense, gratefulness. In all 3 of those areas he excelled. Always gave credit to his coaches, his teammates, his wife, his GM. Very unique, high integrity person.

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

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4 Reggie Miller Reggie Miller Reginald Wayne Miller is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association career with the Indiana Pacers.

Was so clutch with threes vs Knicks He should be higher

He should be here 8 points in 9 secs to beat the Knicks he is so clutch

Idn like him he bad

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!

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5 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.

His nickname says-it-all, "MAGIC".

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

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6 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.

Honestly the most clutch player of all time, nobody has near the amount of game winners, or clutch shots.

Paul Pierce deserves to be higher up this list he has hit multiple game winners and he's a reliable shooter even at old age and he will always be a legend to clutch players granted he is no Michael Jordan

The Truth! He definitely deserves to be on this list

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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.

Underrated - Crocy

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

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

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.

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8 Robert Horry

#1 all the way

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

There's never been a role player (not even close) with as many clutch shots, and there never will be again. Can you remember a time he missed a clutch shot? I saw it happen only once, against the Spurs game 5 in 2003, and the ball was half way down and God divinely intervened to force it back out.

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.

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9 Dwyane Wade Dwyane Wade Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

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.

Had the most clutch series ever. But individually not very many clutch moments compared to Jordan or Kobe. Kind of like the big game James version of shooting guards. No last minute theatrics...but some ridiculous performances when they mattered.

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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.

1st, that game winner when he was in the heat
2nd, my name is Ray

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 2013 NBA Finals. Enough said

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The Contenders

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

This man is wet

He's better than MJ

LeBron is the GOAT. - BluePrideBadger

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

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12 Bill Russell Bill Russell William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969.

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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13 Stephen Curry Stephen Curry Wardell Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is one of the most beloved, as well as hated, stars in the NBA today.

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.

The only reason curry has a lower number of clutch shots is that the warriors make great teams look bad while winning, so most of the times they don't get a chance to hit a last minute game winner. But look at the games where they had been taken to the end...curry becomes superhuman, as if he has a sniper scope fitted on his eyes. Best shooter ever to grace the NBA and definitely one of the best clutch shooters.

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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14 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.

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.

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.

Sky hook no one can stop it

15 Tracy McGrady Tracy McGrady Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player who is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association, where he played as both a shooting guard and small forward.

He should also be higher, always comes in clutch. I don't care what anyone says he will always have the best comeback ever. 13 points in 33 seconds can never be done again. - jack43818

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

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16 Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, and the Nets. He was MVP of the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals.

Yeah

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

He should be on top 5 since he is the right guy you'll find in crucial moments. He's able to attack you, bait a foul, hit a perimeter and hit a 3-pointer that kills the heart of the opponent. He's one of a kind clutch shooter of all time.

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17 Chauncey Billups Chauncey Billups Chauncey Ray Billups is an American retired professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

He was called "Mr. Big Shot" for a reason. - JUPITER808

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..

Mr.Big Shot. Need I say more?

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18 Dirk Nowitzki 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 is way more clutch than any other player on this list.Like really he has countless amount of game winning shots and 3 buzzer beaters for the win. What does lebron have only one game winning shot. How can lebron be above dirk when he only has one buzzer beater and ons game winning shot.

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19 Vince Carter Vince Carter Vincent Lamar "Vince" Carter is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.

I have never seen anything like him. He is awesome.

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.

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.)

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20 Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

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.

He literally is holding up five fingers with a championship trophy in the picture and this noob below says he's won 4 championships.

There's a lot to be said about a player that has NEVER had a losing season nor has EVER missed the playoffs...EVER!

Duncan is awesome!

21 John Havlicek John Havlicek John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.

Should have at least 0.1 percent

22 Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets 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

Carmelo abi siker

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23 Bob McAdoo

In the clutch his shooting percentage topped them all in the Day before 'legalized traveling & double-dribbling' Check the Stats prior to MJ..

24 Kyrie Irving Kyrie Irving Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

THE BEST

Mr. Clutch, whenever he was needed in the big moment, he produced absolute magic, from deadly ankle breaker crossovers to clutch 3 point shots. Way more clutch than Curry and a true winner! He at least should be in the top 15 most clutch and reminds me of Jordan in full clutch mode. Overall, Underrated and deserves a higher spot

Stephanie Choke over Uncle Drew? Seriously? Kyrie should be top ten no doubt

Should be at least top ten AND over curry already

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25 Allen Iverson Allen Iverson Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

There's only 1 correct answer to who is the most clutch player ever and that is The Answer

GOAT

26 David Robinson David Robinson David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career.
27 Damian Lillard Damian Lillard Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.

Game winner in game 6 against the thunder to move on to the semifinals and he just shot it like some regular shot that he always takes

The only player besides MJ to have to playoff-series winning shots, and he still has more than half of his career left. All around clutch. DAME TIME! And "The Shot" was from the free throw line over a guy with a twisted ankle, while Dame's were a:.9 second three and a cold blooded from-the-logo over a guy who went 3rd in DPOY voting. Best man - snoopykat

Watch the playoff games
or should I say "dames"

More clutch than kobe

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28 Joe Johnson Joe Johnson Joe Johnson is an English snooker legend from the 80s who won the World championship in 1986. He currently commentates on Eurosport..

clutch

He should be MUCH higher - jack43818

Joe Johnson has made more game winners in the regular season over the last 5 years than anybody else currently in the NBA

So clutch, it doesn't matter if it's open or contested, standing or moving, 2 points or 3, in the last minute of the game, Joe Johnson doesn't miss.

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29 Derrick Rose Derrick Rose Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.

Derrick Rose was better than all of these people during his first 3 years in Chicago. However after the injury he was never the same. He has become less explosive but able to beat that with his three point ability now. IF he never got injured #Betterthanjordan

The windy assassin should be higher than this

He should be way higher

Since the 2011-12 season, Rose has shot 47.4% on shots in the last 10 seconds of the game that would tie or take the lead in games. This compares to Lebron James (30%), KD (31.6%) and James Harden (36%).

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30 Draymond green Draymond green Draymond Jamal Green Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.

Well he's pretty much hit the same amount of buzzer beaters as Lebron so...

31 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.

Free throw on dying seconds?

32 James Worthy
33 Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.
34 John Stockton John Stockton John Houston Stockton is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association, from 1984 to 2003. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA ...read more.

Top 10, not even thinking.

Joke he isn't top 10

Along with Karl Malone, he is one of the clutchiest player in Utah Jazz franchise history to led the league in points, and assists, and wait there more. STEALS.

35 Jimmy Butler Jimmy Butler

Clutchest player in the league

He definitely deserves it the bulls would be nothing with out hin

All Star come when neede

He is clutch

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36 Kwame Brown
37 Brian Scalabrine Brian Scalabrine Brian David Scalabrine is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a television analyst for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

Once, down by 42 going into the 4th, he dropped 57 straight points including the game winner to a victory and finished the game with 59, so clutch, but unfortunitly was not at his best in the early stages - kuledude

To be honest he is the best bull of all time he led them to all six rings. Jordan took his powers like in space jam. Without Scalabrine Jordan would have never left the first round of the playoffs. Who's Jordan?

He is the white mamba

This guy led the Bulls to there 17 straight win, and he scored 79 points in one game, he'd be number 1 on my list, and then Ben Mcadoo

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38 Toni Kukoc

The amount of game winning shots this guy has is incredible, he had an amazing hot hand as seen against the Lakers. He was also one of the most underrated fancy passers ever. Not the best defender, but he could shoot and set up plays all day long

Played on MJ's team and coach always sent him in near the end of every game that was close

This guy is trash he had 2.7 points per game... I'm amazed, he stinks so bad they had to evacuate the arena bro, this guy is straight up trash but he still prolly has like 80 million dollars and drives around Lamborginis

39 Aron Baynes Aron Baynes

Don't think his body of work qualifies him for this list.

40 Rajon Rando

If only he focuses his mind on the game

41 Steve Kerr Steve Kerr Stephen Douglas Kerr is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.

He made the winning shot to be WORLD CHAMPIONS AND TO WIN THE NBA FINALS! # #1 CLUTCH PLAYER!

My boy

42 Jamal Crawford Jamal Crawford Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Crawford played his high school basketball for Rainier Beach High School, a basketball powerhouse in Seattle, before committing to play ...read more.

Is he a clutch player?

Enough said.

43 Chris Paul Chris Paul Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.

He put up a walk off shot against the SAS to advance to next round.

This is crazy. He should be in top 15

44 Oscar Robertson Oscar Robertson Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.
45 George Hill George Hill George Jesse Hill Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.
46 Steven Adams Steven Adams Steven Funaki Adams is a New Zealand professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.

legendary

47 Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Ben Camey Wallace is an American retired professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University and signed with the Washington Bullets as an undrafted free agent in 1996. In his NBA career, Wallace played with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, ...read more.
48 Derek Fisher

It's an insult he wasn't on the list...

He's top 5 most clutch players he stays so calm

WOW he isn't On yhe list game winning shot vs the Spurs to win it wit 0.4 seconds to go fading away

Can't EVEN COACH THE KNICKS...

49 Brandon Roy Brandon Roy Brandon Dawayne Roy is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves in the National Basketball Association.

Look him up folks

50 DeAndre Jordan DeAndre Jordan Hyland DeAndre Jordan, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.
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