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The Top 10 Greatest Closers In NBA History

Published by on June 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

In team sports (except for possibly baseball—where statistics rule) it is always more accurate when you are ranking a player all time to have actually seen him (or her) play. 

“Closing” out a basketball game is obviously a very visual skill and there are few statistics to guide us. Hence, my list is really a list of the Greatest Closers of the last 40 years, or when I started watching basketball (1969—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s rookie season and a couple months after Bill Russell retired—I was 10 years old).

That being said, players such as Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Oscar Robertson did not make my list, although maybe they should have.  I saw the last three p...

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