If you want to win ball games, you need to play all 48 minutes, but even so, coming through when it matters the most can really bail your team out during close games or following a slow start of the matchup.
Some players really bring the most of their games during clutch time, either to seal a win, to pull off a comeback, or at least to try and keep their teams in the game regardless of how poorly their teammates play.
Others just save the best for last and round up some performances that otherwise would be kind of mediocre if it wasn’t for how much they score late in games. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 scorers in the 4th quarter in today’s NBA.
10. Boban Marjanovic
Boban Marjanovic is one of the most bizarre players you’ll find on an NBA, as he makes those superhumans look like ants. Still, all jokes aside, he’s been incredibly prolific and efficient throughout his short NBA career.
As a matter of fact, Boban is actually the league’s all-time leader in PER, and also, he has come through pretty well when it comes to 4th quarter scoring, netting 7.5 points on 78.9% shooting so far.
9. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is a walking hall of famer, and, like him or not; he has never backed down when it matters the most, constantly taking big shots and knocking down shot after shot during clutch time.
Even though the Golden State Warriors don’t need him to do much late in games as they’re always in the league, Durant has been very productive of late this season, scoring 7.9 games on 52% shooting.
8. Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker makes me sad. He really does. He’s just wasting his prime years playing for one of the most mediocre organizations and never gets the praise he deserves for his great scoring performances.
The point guard has been on a roll lately and he looks desperate to show his value and finally get the hell out of Charlotte, and he’s come through big time in the 4th quarter, scoring 8.1 points on 44% from three.
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most impressive players in the league. He can do a little bit of everything and he won’t back down or hesitate to take a huge shot, leading the Bucks to one of the best records in the league.
The Greek Freak keeps on getting better and better and working out with Kobe Bryant seems to have made a huge impact in his mentality, being one of the league’s best scorers in the 4th with 8.1 points on 50% shooting.
6. Damian Lillard
Do you need a bucket or two during crunch time? You better give the rock to Damian Lillard, one of the clutchest players in the league ever since his rookie season. Hey, that’s why they call clutch time “Lillard Time.”
Damian Lillard is a reckless scorer that doesn’t mind if he’s having an off day, he’s just going to keep on shooting until his shot starts falling. This season, he’s shooting 58% from the field and 50% in the 4th, scoring 8.4 points a night.
5. Lou Williams
The fact that Lou Williams makes this list shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he’s always been one of the most gifted and crafty scorers in the league and always closes out games despite coming off the bench.
William’s impact in the offensive end make him a perennial 6th Man of the Year candidate, and he’s always had a thing for making huge plays in the clutch. So far, he’s scoring 8.5 points on 44% from the floor in the 4th.
4. LeBron James
LeBron James has always had to deal with his haters calling him “LeChoke”, especially when it comes to the free throw line late in games. Still, that narrative definitely needs to change, as he’s proven to be quite clutch throughout his career.
Now, he’s trying to lead the sluggish Lakers to victories but finds himself trailing in the scoreboard for most of the time. Even so, he’s done well-taking things into his own hands, scoring 8.5 points in 43% from the floor.
3. Zach LaVine
We all thought Zach LaVine had the kind of upside to become a solid and consistent scorer in this league, but so far, he’s putting All-Star like numbers and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down any time soon.
LaVine has been one of the best players of the season and has been unstoppable every time he’s been out there, especially in the 4th quarter, where he’s scored 8.9 points in over 50% from the floor.
2. Devin Booker
Devin Booker was, is, and will always be a walking bucket. This kid is just something else and is already one of the most versatile scorers in the league. He can just flat out ball, and score in a huge variety of ways.
Sadly, he’s pretty much stuck in one of the worst teams of the decade, but even so, he’s managed to put on a show late in games and single-handedly try to put together a comeback, recording 9.8 points on 56% shooting.
1. Jimmy Butler
And last but not least, we find the always controversial Jimmy Butler, whose competitive nature hasn’t allowed him to just give up on his team when he decides to play, even if that’s just a way to make himself more attractive for other teams trying to trade for him.
Butler has vastly improved as a scorer over the last couple of years, and he just loves to take that big shot and prove everybody that he’s “the man”. So far, he’s scored 10.9 points on 51% shooting and 57% from 3 in the 4th quarter.