The 25 Most Clutch Players in NBA Finals History

16. Walt Frazier

Career Playoff Stats: 20.7 PPG 7.2 RPG 6.4 APG
Finals Stats: 18.9 PPG 7.5 RPG 8.1 APG
Finals Appearances: 3
Championships: 2
Finals MVPs Won: 0
Walt "Clyde" Frazier was a poet on the basketball court. His style was impeccable, running Red Holzman's system like an artist. He always hit the open man, took over when he needed to, and played a unique style of defense. Clyde often made it seem like he was backing off an opponent and as soon as his man let his guard down, Frazier went in for the steal.

He used this tactic in Game 7 of the 1970 Finals vs. Jerry West's Lakers and had five steals to go along with 36 points and 19 assists. This particular performance was inspired by Willis Reed famously hobbling onto the court and hitting the Knicks first two buckets. In the 1973 Finals, Clyde's consistent play at the point helped the Knicks reel off four straight wins to beat the Lakers in 5 games.

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