Robert Horry never appeared in an All Star game, never achieved all-NBA status, he never even won a Sixth Man Award.
What did "Big Shot Rob" do then?
He may very well have been the most terrifying role player of all-time.
He won seven NBA championships in 15 seasons. He won a championship for every team he played for, he never played on a team that didn't advance to (at least) the semifinals, and he arguably hit more clutch shots then any role player in the history or the NBA.
In Game Five of the 2005 Finals vs. the Detroit Pistons, it was not just the three-point shot with 5.9 seconds remaining in OT that made Horry's performance memorable. It was the 21 points scored in the fourth quarter and overtime that carried the struggling Spurs to victory.
On a team with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, Robert Horry completely took over the game. Every time he touched the ball, the Palace of Auburn Hills crowd would grumble and gasp as he hit several three-point shots down the stretch.
Horry's shooting display was accented by a dramatic dunk over the shoulders of Rip Hamliton with just over a minute left in overtime.
Horry's final three-point shot gave the Spurs a 3-2 lead in the championship series and brought Horry one game closer to his sixth title.
Horry has won more titles then Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Doctor J., and Shaquille O'Neal.
Horry's career average may only have been 7.4 points per game, but he had a big shot in every championship series he played in. It was very difficult, with his long list of game-winning shots, to choose 2005 as his finest.
I felt the combination of fourth quarter and overtime domination, seemingly taking over the game as the Spurs' three future Hall of Famers struggled, coupled with his last-second heroics made this the 10th biggest shot in NBA Finals history.