When: Entire career

When you're talking about the most clutch players in league history, Kobe has to be toward the top of the list for a couple reasons. One, he's taken and made a ton of clutch shots, and two, he wants to be the guy to take the shot every time. That quality is part of what plagued LeBron James for the past couple years before his title run. Kobe is exactly what everybody wants their star to be down the stretch: the alpha male who wants to be the reason his team wins. Yeah, he airballed a couple when he was a young pup, but he learned from it and has been the guy every coach wants in the last five minutes for most of his career. #respect