The 25 Greatest Playoff Performers in NBA History

22. Kevin McHale

Team(s): Celtics
Stats: 169 G, 18.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 19.4 PER
Playoff accolades: 3x NBA Champion (in five Finals appearances)
Playoff highlights

Of players with at least 65 games of playoff experience, only one person (Shaquille O'Neal) has a higher lifetime shooting percentage in the playoffs than Kevin McHale. While he did not get the press of teammate Larry Bird, McHale was the team's go-to scorer in the post and (when he came off the bench) was one of the best sixth men the game has ever seen. His clothesline of Kurt Rambis in the 1984 Finals helped turn the series and spur the Celtics to a title, and he averaged 20-plus points during the playoffs six times during his career. Like Scottie Pippen with the Bulls, there is no way the Celtics of the 1980s would have won without the invaluable contributions of their No. 2 options.

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