The Clutch Gene is a real NBA thing, whether there are quantitative reports based on debunking this mythological thread or not. Some have the gene, some do not, and the distinction between those two is really a lot different and more novel than the usual metrics of talent that separate superstars from everyone else in the league.
Inexplicably, many of the very best late-game performers are not the most talented overall, not by a long shot, but still manage to consistently invade and dominate the dreamiest, most romantic moments of the game. With the ball in these role players’ hands, epic sports cliches come true. Here are some of the NBA’s very best clutch guys who you wouldn’t build a team around.