Whether fair or unfair, it’s safe to say that today’s athletes are judged foremostly upon their ability to shine when the stakes are the highest.
It’s the same in every sport: playoff greatness is simply far more significant than regular season success. Likewise, performances late in games are consistently put under heavy scrutiny, while a tendency to produce in the early stages of competition is often deemed irrelevant if one is unable to reach that same level when the outcome is on the line.
And, though every sport has its share of thrilling moments, possessing that very coveted clutch gene is most crucial in the game of basketball. That’s because, throughout the regular season and the NBA Playoffs, game after game after game seemingly comes down to the final seconds and even the final possession, making it so vitally important to have someone who can knock down the biggest of big shots.
That’s what brings me to this list, one that is composed of the top 25 players in the history of the NBA that I would want taking the last shot.
Since this list regards nothing more than being able to make that final shot in a game, it will be comprised solely of players who could or still can hit jump shots — essentially no power forwards and no centers, with the exception of one or two.
Without any further ado, let’s get things started at the 25th ranked player, one of the most controversial and highly-talented players that basketball has ever seen.
*** *** ***
25. ALLEN IVERSON
As one of the most prolific scorers to ever play in the NBA, Allen Iverson was also able to put the ball through the hoop when it counted.