The NBA playoffs bring out the best in many players, and in particular the game’s stars are often the ones who shine. From Bill Russell to Michael Jordan, some of the game’s greatest legends somehow found a way to elevate their games come playoff time, especially late in games when their teams needed them the most.
Playoff heroism isn’t just limited to the Hall of Famers, though; some players made names for themselves based almost entirely on their work in the playoffs. If it weren’t for their performances in close and late playoff situations, few would remember the otherwise-unremarkable careers of guys like Steve Kerr and Robert Horry. While there have been many great efforts throughout the league’s history, these are the 25 Most Clutch Performers in NBA Playoff History.