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The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now 

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Updated November 22, 2019 15.1k votes 2.2k voters 12.3k views 45 items

List Rules Vote up the current NBA players you trust most with the last shot.

Who are the best clutch players currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the clutchest players playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of best (worst) current floppers and best current three-point shooters, along with the greatest NBA scorers playing today. Having an awesome clutch player gives any NBA team a huge advantage.

The most clutch players who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the overall top current NBA players too (LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, and Joe Johnson come to mind immediately). 

The highly skilled NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are dependable players who manage the clock efficiently before making the buzzer beaters. These clutch players are expert ball handlers who are able to shoot off the dribble or catch and shoot behind the three-point line. 

Vote for the current clutch players that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA clutch players in any order you want.

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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Point guard from Melbourne

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 27

Number: 2

Kyrie Andrew Irving (; born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named NBA Rookie of the Year ...more

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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
VirgilYoung added Point guard from Oakland

Teams: Portland TrailBlazers

Age: 29

Number: 0

Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Lillard is a 6 ft 3 in point guard from Oakland, ...more

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#120 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #8 of 87 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Shooting guard and Small forward from Riverside

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 28

Number: 2

Kawhi Anthony Leonard (, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of ...more

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Small forward and Power forward from Akron

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His accomplishments ...more

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Point guard from Akron

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Small forward from Washington

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 35

Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college ...more

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#28 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #61 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History The Best KD 10 Colorways, Ranked

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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Small forward from Houston

Teams: Miami Heat

Age: 30

Number: 21

Jimmy Butler III (born September 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one year of college ...more

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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Shooting guard from Los Angeles

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 11

Klay Alexander Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is credited ...more

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Point guard from Long Beach

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 31

Number: 0

Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA ...more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Small forward and Point forward from Athens

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
VirgilYoung added Shooting guard from Los Angeles

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 30

Number: 13

James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
VirgilYoung added Point guard from New York City

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 29

Number: 15

Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was picked ninth overall by the ...more

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Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Shooting guard from Whitmire

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Age: 28

Number: 1

Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Moss Point High School in ...more

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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Shooting guard from Compton

Teams: San Antonio Spurs

Age: 30

Number: 10

DeMar Darnell DeRozan (born August 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

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Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
marsbar_18 added Donovan Mitchell

Teams: Utah Jazz

Number: 45

Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. (born September 7, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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#10 of 87 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #83 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
VirgilYoung added Point guard from Winston-Salem

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 34

Number: 3

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...more

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Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Point guard from Tacoma

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 30

Number: 4

Isaiah Jamar Thomas (born February 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) ...more

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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
abhinav.pundi1753 added

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Number: 11

Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Slovenian national team. Born in ...more

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D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
19263 added

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 23

D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected ...more

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Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Point guard and Shooting guard from Seattle

Teams: Free agent

Age: 39

Number: 11

Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for ...more

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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
arnas added Point guard from Raleigh

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 29

Number: 2

Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A Raleigh, North ...more

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Jules Cook added Shooting guard and Small forward from Palmdale

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 29

Number: 24

Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star ...more

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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
abhinav.pundi1753 added Center from Sombor

Teams: Denver Nuggets

Age: 24

Number: 15

Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national ...more

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C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Jules Cook added Shooting guard from Canton

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 28

Number: 3

Christian James McCollum (born September 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). During his third ...more

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Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Clutch Players In The NBA Right Now
Point guard from Philadelphia

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Age: 33

Number: 7

Kyle Terrell Lowry (born March 25, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). With the Raptors, he has been a ...more

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