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The Top 5 Clutch Players Of All Time

 

1- Michael Jordan

You can sum up MJ's clutch skills in two possessions. 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz everyone remembers the shot over Byron Russell that was a serial killer putting a dagger in the heart, but what I remember more was the steal of Karl Malone to get Jordan in position to make that shot. It is the little things that are the difference between a great player (see: Karl Malone) and a legendary players (see: Michael Jordan).

Being clutch is always about hitting the game winning shot. It is about making all the plays to get you in position to make that shot. No one was better than that than Michael Jordan. There has never been a better "serial killer" in the history of sports.


2- Joe Montana

Being clutch is also about being calm. So it is no wonder Montana got the name "Joe Cool". The famous story of him kidding about John Candy being in the stands as he prepared to take the 49ers down the field for the winning score in the Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals is legendary.

The best players never get caught up in the moment they embrace it while others run from it. Montana was a classic case of the QB you want to be under center. You want your best players to play their best in the biggest games and that is the Super Bowl and there was no one better that Montana in those pressure moments.

3- Tiger Woods

You won't hear the words fear and golf often together, but mention Tiger Woods to anyone on the PGA Tour and you can see the fear in their eyes. How clutch is Tigger (yes I call him Tigger on purpose)? He won the freakin US Open on one leg. Just willed his way to a victory. How disheartening is that to his competitors that they can't even beat him while he is crippled?

I repeat how clutch is Tigger? He has never lost a final round lead ever!!!!!! Now that is clutch.

4- Kirk Gibson

Sometime Clutch is defined as a singular event and no clutch moment was bigger than Kirk Gibson pinch hit homer in the 1988. It wasn't that Gibson was just hurt. A lot of athletes have performed well while being hurt, but Gibson was crippled barely able to walk to the plate. Add on to the fact that he was facing the best closer in the game in Dennis Eckersley the chances of success where slim and none. It definitely a case of mind over matter Gibson hit the homer that by all accounts won the Series for the Dodgers. When one swing can win and entire series that's clutch.

5- Robert Horry

Sometimes you are just born clutch. Robert Horry was an ok NBA player. Just like a million other ok players in the league, but anytime someone says the name Robert Horry what do you think?

Clutch!

Didn't matter if it was with the Rockets, Lakers or Spurs when you needed a clutch bucket Big Shot Bob was there. Here is what was so cool about it. Almost all of his clutch shots where by accident. My favorite one is against the Sacramento Kings when Kobe missed a layup and the ball gets back tapped to a waiting Horry who just drains the 3.

Being Clutch was in his DNA from birth.

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