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The 15 Top NBA Playoff Closers of All Time
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Who are the top 15 closers in NBA postseason history?

That's a tough question to answer, and it largely depends on how you define a closer.

Is a closer the guy who gets the ball with the game on the line to take that final shot in the NBA Finals? If so, we're talking about an extremely small sample size that would include names like Steve Kerr, while omitting names like Reggie Miller.

Winning the finals shouldn't be a prerequisite to being a closer.

So what about, "Who does the best in 'clutch-time' scenarios?"

The problem there is we are limited by available data, or lack thereof. What about Mr. Clutch himself, Jerry West? How did he do in the clutch? We don't know.

Do we exclude a player for a single bad series? Does Dwyane Wade not get counted because of his poor series against Chicago last year?

Furthermore, what counts and what doesn't? Does hitting a game-winning shot in the waning moments of Game 1 of a first-round series mean more than the first 46 minutes of a Game 7 in the Finals?

Moreover, do close-out games carry more weight than closing minutes, or vice versa?

These 15 players meet, to varying degrees, one or more of these criteria. Rather than try to define "closer," here are 15 players who were big postseason finishers in one way or another in their day. 

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