As Jimmy McGinty famously said, "Winners always want the ball when the game's on the line."
Such is the mantra of a clutch player. No matter how poorly this athletic species' performance may have been throughout the rest of the game, the final few minutes, final possession, or final shot is an entirely new ballgame.
They are the epitome of extraordinary, the guardians of greatness, and the acme of achievement. Without these players, basketball games simply wouldn't be as exciting.
Take away buzzer beaters and incredible playoff performances, and sports fans would never have the pleasure of meeting the gut-wrenching entity known as "the edge of our seats."
With that, here is a list of the 50 most clutch NBA players of all time. The rings between them outweigh the entire Valentine's Day stock at Zales, and their game-winning shots are more plentiful than 15-year-old girls at a Justin Bieber concert.
Methodology: "Clutch" was defined through a combination of championships won, game-winning shots made (regular season or playoffs), big-time late-game plays and big-time playoff performances. We were hoping that Gus Johnson could narrate the slideshow, but alas, he has NFL games to immortalize.