There’s a lot moment that certain players making clutch shot after another one clutch. Michael Jordan is one to do it and it put him on top with these moments. In the modern era, Damian Lillard is one of the clutches. His shot in 2014 to advance in the second round of playoffs is one the best. Add the last one Lillard made in 2019 against Paul George. Ray Allen shot is one of the daggers in Spur’s heart. Kyrie is another one who forever will be remembered to complete the 3-1 comeback.
Then, guys also didn’t show up in the most important games. Some of these guys could be on the top of the list. Here are my top five chokers in the league.
5. DeMar DeRozan
It’s fair to say that DeRozan still is in the top five because of his performance with the Toronto Raptors. DeRozan had 14 30+ points in his 58 starts in the postseason, with a 24-34 record. He’s been controversial in 2018 playoffs against Cavaliers when they swept in the second round with a home-court advantage. But it’s not totally his fault when they are leading in the game one and lost by one point in overtime. The reason he’s here is the regular-season games in Spurs uniform that they could win those certain games which he missed a lot of shot either from the line or a jump shot.
4. Paul George
Putting huge numbers in regular-season games than in a playoff is something disappointing. Imagine in an elimination game of 2018 against young Utah Jazz, George had 5 points and six turnovers. Last year, after putting MVP numbers he disappeared against the Blazers. Without his free throw, his numbers are going to be weird. George shoots less than 40% below in 3 games, one game is 19%. In the last four years, he never past the second round.
3. Stephen Curry
Five times in the finals and win three times, yet he never wins Finals MVP. The question is he can really win without the help of another soft ass Kevin Durant? Maybe he does, maybe he can’t. In a deciding game seven, he only scored 17 points.
2. James Harden
In-game six of 2017 second round against the Spurs James Harden got 10 points, with six turnovers in 37 minutes of play. Prior to that his game-tying shot in game five was blocked by a 39-year-old Manu Ginobili. In 2018, with a game way to be in the finals after Chris Paul’s fantastic job Harden scored 32 each game but missed in the most crucial minutes.
- LeBron James
The 2011 NBA Finals speaks a lot to James’ legacy, imagine proclaim himself as the Chosen but scored 8 points in game four and average only less than 20 points in the series. Wow! a complete choke job. The greatest need to switch teams in order to win a title.