With all the memories the NBA has provided us over the years, lets take this time to reflect on the NBA's upper echleon and their performances when their teams needed them most. 5 players stand atop of the heap. They stand the test of time as the best of the best. Time stood still when these competitors had the ball in their hands. There will to win was unparallel these are the Top 5 Clutch Performers of All Time.
Reggie Miller known for his uncanny ability to knock down any shot from any where on the court , was one of the greatest clutch performers of our time, he once scored eight points in 8.9 seconds in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Knicks, leading the Pacers to a stunning 107-105 victory. With 16.4 seconds remaining and the Pacers trailing by six points, Miller made a three-point shot, stole the inbounds pass, dribbled back to the three-point arc and tied the game with a second three-pointer, stunning the Knicks bench and their fans.
Some of his achievements include 25,279 points, with an average of 18.2 points per game. He shot .471 from the field, .395 from 3-point range and .888 from the free throw line.
Miller made the All-NBA Third Team three times throughout his career and received his only MVP votes in 1998 and 2000.
Miller was the first Indiana Pacer to start in an NBA All-Star Game, first doing so in 1995. He was also selected to the team in 1990, 1996, 1998 and 2000. During the 1998 player introductions, the PA announcer mistakes Miller as a two-time Olympic gold-medalist. Miller is the all-time NBA leader in total 3-point field goal made (2,560) and ranks at 12th place in total points (25,279), 7th in free throw percentage (88.8%), 6th in minutes played (47,619) and 7th in games played (1,323). He is also all-time NBA leader in total three-point field goals made in the playoffs (320). Reggie will always be remembered as one of the games ultimate closers.
Larry the great is known for many things but he doesn't get enough credit as he should for his clutch play in my opinion. Larry dominated the league with his scrappy fundamentally sound game. He played at his own pace and when the game was on the line every one knew Larry was taking the shot and theres nothing you can do about it but hope he misses.
One of Larry's most clutch performances,Late in a tied game against the Seattle SuperSonics, Bird told Supersonics forward Xavier McDaniel, who was guarding him, exactly where he would hit the game winning shot. After a timeout, Bird made two baseline cuts, then posted in the exact spot he had indicated to McDaniel, paused, turned, and hit the shot in his face.
On another occasion during one game on Christmas Day against the Indiana Pacers, before the game Bird told Chuck Person that he had a Christmas present waiting for him. During the game, when Person was on the bench, Bird shot a three-pointer on the baseline right in front of Person. Immediately after releasing the ball, Bird said to Person, "Merry f**kin' Christmas!", and then the shot went in. This was no doubt inspired by Person (nicknamed the "Rifleman") stating prior to the game that "The Rifleman is Coming, and He's Going Bird Hunting."
Some of Birds achievements are 3× NBA Champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
3× NBA MVP (1984-1986)
12× All-Star (1980-1988, 1990-1992)
2× NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986)
9× All-NBA First Team Selection (1980-1988)
1× All-NBA Second Team Selection (1990)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team Selection (1982-1984)
1980 NBA Rookie of the Year
1980 NBA All-Rookie Team
1× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1982)
3× NBA Three-Point Shootout Winner (1986-1988)
Larry will always be known as the Great White Hope.
The shot hear around the world, Michaels last shot before his first second retirement was a story book ending to a nearly perfect career. I'm sure Byron Russell still has nightmares about this facial. On another occasion In the Jordan scored a Finals-record 35 points in the first half, including a record-setting six three-point field goals. After the sixth three-pointer, he jogged down the court shrugging as he looked courtside. Marv Albert, who broadcast the game, later stated that it was as if Jordan was saying, "I can't believe I'm doing this.
Here's a list of some of MJ's achievements 6× NBA Champion (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
5× NBA MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
14× NBA All-Star (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002–2003)
6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
1× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
10× All-NBA First Team Selection (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
1× All-NBA Second Team Selection (1985)
9× NBA All-Defensive First Team Selection (1988–1993, 1996–1998)
1985 NBA Rookie of the Year
1985 NBA All-Rookie Team
3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner (1987, 1988)
2× Gold Medal Winner in the Olympics (1984, 1992)
Michael "Jeffrey" Jordan was the epitome of what imtimidation would look like if it had a balled head lean 220lb body and pigeon toes. Their will never be another MJ.
Jerry West was so unstopable under pressure the NBA not only made a logo out of his sillouette, but the moniker they betowed on him says its all Mr. Clutch. One Game Jerry West stole the ball from Sam Jones, who tried to inbound it to teammate Bob Cousy. West drove roughly 30 feet in the game’s final three seconds to score the winning layup at the buzzer. Another instance Jerry West’s desperation 60-foot shot swished through the net, amazingly tying Game 3 between the visiting New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers at 102. It was a miraculous shot, given the circumstances and what little time West had to work with after Knick forward Dave DeBusschere made a driving layup to give New York a 102-100 lead. Laker center Wilt Chamberlain inbounded the ball and West took it from there, racing up the court, dribbling three times before letting it fly 10 feet beyond half court.
Here's a list of Jerry West's achievements 1969 NBA Finals MVP
1972 NBA Champion
14× NBA All-Star (1961–74)
1972 NBA All-Star MVP
10× All-NBA First Team (1962–67, 1970–73)
2× All-NBA Second Team (1968, 1969)
3× NBA All-Defensive Team (1970–73)
Jerry " The Logo" West wasn't the biggest or the strongest, nor the fastes but every fiber of his DNA was created to play basketball whenit came to being clutch he was the epitome of it for most of the NBA's conception.
Named after the most dangerous snake known to man, Kobe Bryant strikes fear in the hearts of defenders everytime he touches the ball. To some him up in a phrase he's Mr. Impossible. Kobe takes the toughest shots and knocks them down as if he was on the court alone. He simply has nerves of still combined with a will of iron to win, makes him the most unguardable perimeter player since Michael Jordan. In addition to all of the game winners Kobe has hit over his 13 year career, he has added 6 more to his reusme this year including a improbale off balance running one footed bank shot over the out stretched hands of Dwayne Wade.
Apr 30, 2006 - Lakers 99 - Phoenix 98 (WCQF - Game 4 - OT) [source]
The Los Angeles Lakers needed two last-gasp shots from Kobe Bryant to beat the Phoenix Suns. And two uncharacteristic mistakes from Phoenix star Steve Nash.
Bryant made a looping runner with seven-tenths of a second left in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and a 17-footer as time expired to lift the Lakers to an improbable 99-98 victory over the Suns and a 3-1 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.
"It was the most fun shot I've ever hit, just because it's us, enjoying this as a unit," Bryant said regarding the latest in a long line of buzzer-beaters during his 10-year career.
Apr 14, 2004 - Lakers 105 - Blazers 104 (2OT) [source]
The Los Angeles Lakers are in playoff mode.
They showed it Wednesday night in the regular-season finale when Kobe Bryant's 3-pointer at the end of double overtime gave the Lakers a 105-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, and, more importantly, the Pacific Division title.
As impressive as his final shot was, it was nothing compared to the one at the end of the fourth quarter. Bryant, tightly defended by Ruben Patterson, twisted and turned to get himself enough room to launch an off-balance fling as he fell to his right.
Afterward, Bryant gave Patterson an autographed pair of his shoes.
"Yeah, I asked for his shoes," Patterson said. "I said, You've got to give me your shoes for that one."
Kobe Bryant currently has 24 buzzer beater game winner, which doesn't even include games where he hit the go head bucket.
Here is al list of Kobe Bryants achievements 4× NBA Champion
(2000, 2001, 2002, 2009)
NBA Finals MVP
NBA Most Valuable Player
12× NBA All-Star
2× NBA Scoring Champion
7× All-NBA First Team
2× All-NBA Second Team
2× All-NBA Third Team
7× All-Defensive First Team
(2000, 2003–2004, 2006–2009)
2× All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Rookie Second Team
3× NBA All-Star Game MVP
(2002, 2007, 2009)
NBA Slam Dunk Champion
Don't forget ladies and gentleman he's still going!