The 25 Most Clutch Players in NBA Finals History

20. Jerry West

Career Playoff Stats: 29.1 PPG 5.6 RPG 6.3 APG
Finals Stats: 30.5 PPG* (only finals stats available)
Finals Appearances: 9
Championships: 1
Finals MVPs Won: 1 (1969)
Yes, nine appearances and only one win, but "Mr. Clutch" can't take all the blame. He had Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain for most of those losses, not to mention the dynasty in Boston. West made multiple clutch shots in the 1962 Finals vs. the Celtics, but was one-upped by Bill Russell and Sam Jones after each basket and the Lakers lost in 7. During the 1969 Finals, Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke ordered balloons to be hung from the rafters before Game 7, giving Russell's old Celtics some much-needed motivation. The Lakers lost despite West's triple-double (42 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists). The Logo became the only player to win Finals MVP in a losing effort.

In the 1970 Finals vs. New York, Jerry hit a 60-foot jumper that tied the game at 102-102 to send Game 3 in OT after Dave DeBusschere hit a J with three seconds left. The Lakers lost in 7. During the 1972 season, L.A. had a magical run, winning 33 games in a row and finished the year with a (then) record 69 wins. They faced off with the Knicks again in the 1972 Finals and won in five games with West playing his worst basketball.

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