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5 of the top clutch NBA performers in big moments

Updated on June 11, 2014

Big-shot-at-the-end-of-the-game players who are renowned to sparkle when it really matters

5. Dirk Nowitzki -

Dirk is almost unguardable. In the 2011 playoffs, he shot an average of 51%, all over the half court (with great precision) from the very start to the very end of the games, and led the final series with a scoring average of 8.8 ppg in the fourth quarters.

Dirk has accumulated up to several game winners (30 seconds remaining of the game or less) in the playoffs throughout his career.

In the last three minutes of all the games in the 2011 finals, Dirk had more points and a better shooting percentage than the whole of Miami's big three combined; coinciding with hardly any slip-ups in his full game contributions on a game to game basis. Suddenly a picture emerges, validating that of a basketball wizard.

4. Derek Fisher -

Fisher has undeniably ripped more than a few of the other teams hearts by hitting the dagger, time after time, after time. Just ask Kobe Bryant, a well known clutch player himself, who he refers to as the king of buzzer beaters.

When Fisher is called upon to deliver the hail mary's at the end of the games, he rarely fails to accomplish the mission. If a 3 pointer would seal the team's fate, who would you run to other than Fisher?

The highlight of his career -

There's no dispute that the biggest shot in Fisher's career was the crazy 18 foot buzzer beating swish against the Spurs back in 2004 W.C.F, with just 0.4 seconds remaining in the game.

3. Robert Horry -

Known as Big Shot Rob for a definitive reason. He lived for the big moment.

Over the course of his long career, Horry's notable six play-off games of those spectacular, yet killer game clinching baskets were all an integral part of those three championship winning teams he's been on. Certainly, those late big game heroics in those championship runs cements his legacy amongst the elite best clutch performers.

2. Reggie Miller -

A miraculous clutch performer. When Miller time was dialed to deliver in big stages, he delivered the unbelievable. If one clutch play was a big deal in the outcome of the game, it sure wasn't for Miller.

Captivating the world with his art of clutch making wizardry that only he can master, leading to nothing short of immortality.

How many players can rave about owning two memorable, ridiculously astonishing back to back clutch sequences in two playoff games.

1) The famous playoff game, Miller and his Pacers vs the Knicks - game 1 - E.C.S.F 1995 Playoffs.

2) Miller and his Pacers vs New Jersey Nets - game 5 - E.C.F - 2002 Playoffs.

1. Michael Jordan -

So far, nobody has hit more clutch jump shots in the grandest of stages in basketball history. Jordan has a remarkably high 10/19 success rate in play-off game winning shots.

No matter what circumstances may had transpired, it seemed like Jordan couldn't be denied from winning. Whether he single-handedly dominated and teased teams defenses en route to big game winning margins, or finishing teams off in close games by barely beating the buzzer.

Against the Utah Jazz, in game 6, 1998 finals, you knew that ball, as it was being released from his finger tips, would inevitably sink through the hoop in those dying seconds.

Simply the greatest player we'll ever see in our life time


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    • Mageplasm profile image

      Mageplasm 5 years ago

      Great Hub. You really did your research. Dirk Nowitzki is one of my favorite players to watch. His performance in crunch time really killed teams in the 2011 playoffs. The last stat you mentioned about him from the 2011 Finals really shows how good of a player Dirk is.

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      starbosa 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Absolutely, his clutch plays played a significant part of those 7 rings he sports on his fingers.

    • profile image 5 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Who can forget BIG SHOT ROB .. an unlikely addition to a list of superstars, when he was only an average player, but nobody was better in the clutch!