Winning in the regular season is good and everything but it’s nothing compared to the playoffs. The ground becomes more and more slippery, narrower, the crowd takes you in the head, your biggest fears can affect your game.
This is why the great players are known at the time of the playoffs. This is when it matters most. These players aren’t afraid to take that big hit or put their bodies on the line for a winning flight.
Throughout history we’ve seen several stars fight in the playoffs, even Hall of Famers. Today we’re going to talk about some of them, letting you know the top 10 NBA players with the most losses in the first round of the playoffs.
10. André Miller – 37
Andre Miller is perhaps one of the most underrated players of all time. Although he was never a superstar, he was always a helpful backup playmaker who could pass the rock like the best of them.
Miller has spent a lot of time in the league and has bounced around multiple teams, so it’s hardly surprising to see him on this list. Still, we have to give this man his flowers because he was a cunning and quite entertaining playmaker.
9. Joe Johnson – 37
It seems Joe Johnson never broke out as the superstar he could have been, but he still had a pretty decent career in the league. He’s one of the greatest performers of all time in the clutch, even though he hasn’t seen much success in the playoffs.
Iso Joe has been a walking bucket for most of his career. People are giving him a hard time because of all the money he’s made with the Brooklyn Nets. But hey, if they offer that much, how can you say no?
8. Jason Terry – 38
Jason Terry’s veteran leadership has always come in handy in the playoffs. He was one of those players who often rise to the occasion and never back down from a challenge.
Terry’s endless courage and energy on both ends of the field, along with his ability to shoot, has allowed him a long and successful career in the league, but he has also returned home in the first round more than once. .
7. Clifford Robinson – 39
Throughout their history, the Portland Trail Blazers have struggled to keep up with the rest of the Western Conference powers. They were a borderline playoff team more often than not.
The late Clifford Robinson was a solid player on both ends of the pitch, but his Blazers lacked star power to overtake their rivals, making him a perennial contender for the first round exit.
6. Terry Porter – 39
Even though people don’t often mention his name, Terry Porter is actually one of the best and most respected players in Blazers history. Often overlooked because of Clyde Drexler, he did a lot of work on both ends of the floor every night.
As well as being a leading defender, Porter could also take his places at the offensive end of the pitch. Sadly, that didn’t do much to prevent the Blazers from countless first-round losses.
5. Jason Kidd – 41
Even one of the greatest point guard of all time struggled in the playoffs. Jason Kidd was one of the most influential players in the game and a unique type of guard, but he was only able to earn a ring at sunset of his career.
Kidd led the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals but was never able to close the deal as a starter. He was most often outstanding in the playoffs, but often lacked a very good supporting cast next to him.
4. Karl Malone – 42
While it’s undeniable that Karl Malone is one of the most dominant goalscorers of all time and a dominant force on both sides of the glass, he’s never been very successful in the playoffs.
The two times he and the Utah Jazz managed to go the distance and make it to the NBA Finals, they crashed into a moving train called Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. It’s hard.
3. Carmelo Anthony – 42
Carmelo Anthony is one of the best pure goal scorers in NBA history. But his lack of playoff success, lack of rings, and endless comparisons with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will always make fans resent him.
Regardless, Anthony completely overthrew the Denver Nuggets franchise. He made them a perennial playoff team and a legitimate contender from the West, even if they could never reach the NBA Finals.
2. John Stockton – 43
Much like it happened with Karl Malone, John Stockton was never very successful in the playoffs. He was as good, efficient and reliable as ever, but they could never win a ring.
Stockton was a little late, but once he caught hold of the point guard’s starting point he never looked back. Another player is pretty unlikely to drop him on the all-time steal and assists list given his durability.
1. Dirk Nowitzki – 43
We all see Dirk Nowitzki as a winner. On his own, he put the Dallas Mavericks on the map and led them to a few NBA Finals, even beating the Miami Heat’s Big 3.
Even so, it was not always easy for the Grand Teuton. If anything, Nowitzki must have suffered more first-round losses than any other player in league history, making his ring even more valuable.