In 2022-23 the NBA introduced the Kia NBA Clutch Player of the Year, with its recipient receiving The Jerry West Trophy. Legendary Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn gave West the nickname “Mr. Clutch” for his extraordinary shooting at the end of close games. West is an NBA champion, 14-time NBA All-Star, NBA Finals MVP, NBA All-Star Game MVP, 12-time All-NBA Team selection and a member of the 35th, 50th and 75th NBA Anniversary Teams. During the 1971-72 season, West led the Lakers to a record 33 consecutive regular-season victories and an NBA championship.
The trophy features an NBA player shooting a jump shot, modeled after West’s
Kia Clutch Player of the Year Award Winners:
2022-23: De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings