The Horry Scale Scale

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — By this point, you guys know the drill: When an NBA player hits a game-winning buzzer beater, we try to do a post as quickly as possible where we rate the play from one to five Horrys.

That’s the most simple way of explaining it. Here’s a more exact explainer: What is the Horry Scale? For those who are new around these parts, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

One thing I’d like to clear up: The Horry Scale does not measure only a game-winning shot; the Horry Scale measures several facets of a Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater. So we’re talking about not only the shot, but also the play that creates the shot, the situation and the drama, the celebrations … basically, everything surrounding and including the shot. So when I gave Randy Foye a 3 Horry rating, that wasn’t only a reflection of his shot, which was admittedly remarkable, as I wrote, but also the play, which was awful. Taj Gibson’s lefty layup wasn’t the toughest shot, but that inbounds play was terrific. Basically, everything matters.

I took over The Horry Scale this season, and we’ve had a record-setting 17 entries. Seventeen! I’ve done my best to rate them — not just the shot, as I said, but the entire play, taking into account the celebration and the gravity of the situation. Basically, everything matters.

And here I should also say that I severely underrated Jeff Green‘s game winner that started the season. At the time I gave it three Horrys, because I wasn’t sure what to judge it against — there was no context. But the truth is, in retrospect, it was an incredible shot and a great moment, about as good as it gets in the regular season. Which I why I’m listing it first.

Anyway, with the regular season drawing to a close, we thought this was a great time to look back at every Horry Scale entry this season and rate them all. I’ve listed them in a loose order of greatness. You have an opinion, right? You can vote at the bottom…


VIDEO: Jeff Green’s Game Winner
HORRY SCALE: Green’s the thing


VIDEO: Harris Has It
HORRY SCALE: Harris Has it


VIDEO: Teague’s Winner
HORRY SCALE: Teague Time


VIDEO: Gibson’s Game Winner
HORRY SCALE: Taj Tops LA


VIDEO: Foye Makes It Fun
HORRY SCALE: Foye Makes it Fun


VIDEO: Turner’s Game Winner
HORRY SCALE: Evan Almighty


VIDEO: Monta Ellis GWBB
HORRY SCALE: Monta Is Money


VIDEO: Turner Turns Up
HORRY SCALE: Turner Turns Up


VIDEO: Joe Johnson’s GWBB
HORRY SCALE: Joe Cool


VIDEO: Andre Iguodala’s Game Winner In Atlanta
HORRY SCALE: Dre Delivers


VIDEO: Joe Johnson Does It Again
HORRY SCALE: Joe Knows


VIDEO: Iguodala’s Game Winner
HORRY SCALE: Dre Day


VIDEO: Horford’s Game Winner
HORRY SCALE: All Al


VIDEO: Waiters’ game-winner
HORRY SCALE: Waiters Serves


VIDEO: Dirk’s Game Winner
HORRY SCALE: Dirk Does it


VIDEO: CDR’s game-winner
HORRY SCALE: CDR Pays Dividends


VIDEO: Walker’s Big Shot
HORRY SCALE: Kemba Can

What say you? who gets your vote for the best GWBB this season?

28 Comments

  1. DEEPAK says:

    That wasn’t Devin Harris who made the buzzer beater. You have him incorrectly listed. I believe it was Tobias Harris.

  2. Annonymous says:

    where is lebron buzzer against GSW?

  3. joe says:

    Lebron James’s game winner in Golden State over Iguodala

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  5. Alex L says:

    Where’s Steve Blakes game winner over Dwight Coward in the Lakers versus Houston game?? that was my favorite

  6. god's lonely says:

    OKC gets scored on like four different times here ha.

  7. Jmin says:

    Damian Lillard’s 3 against Cleveland isn’t on here WOW! Missing a great buzzer beater there.

  8. saa says:

    LBJ vs GS????

  9. JezzaJ80 says:

    Where’s the russell Westbrook game winner vs Golden state – I’m a warriors fan but given the Iggy no. 1; Westbrook’s was a cert top 5 surely

  10. Ari Lichenstein says:

    Damian Lillard?? Against Detroit, Cleveland, Phoenix, take your pick!

  11. Anthony says:

    What about LeBron’s GWBB over Iguodala?

  12. Majic says:

    Cant believe Rus westbrooks 3 vs GS is not included.

  13. Matt says:

    A little disappointed that a Damian Lillard game winning buzzer beater was not included

  14. Ben says:

    Gerald Greens Game winner agains the Wolves should def. be on here

  15. nick says:

    Can’t forget about the Great Dame!!!

  16. Lol says:

    Come On i was Waiting For Westbrooks Winner Against GSW And Lebron’s Against GSW Lol

  17. Jm Tolosa says:

    Come on guys. For all those who are saying that lebron’s game-winner should be included, you’re wrong. It says BUZZER BEATERS. LeBron’s shot wasn’t a buzzer beater because there was still time left after his shot.

  18. Tom says:

    Those wondering why Lillard’s game winners aren’t on here its probably because they weren’t at the buzzer. I watched every Blazer game and all his GWs had about a second or less left on the clock so it doesn’t count.

  19. Where is my shot against Golden State?

  20. KOBEman says:

    Lmao I don’t even think CDR got a vote for best game winner. Such an ugly shot lol

  21. lukadafudmemain says:

    For the people who are complaining about some game winners not being here, these are only shots that went in AFTER the buzzer sounded.

  22. Ferdian says:

    Where’s Patrick Patterson’s steal and game winning jump shot? Pretty sure that was a buzzer beater.

  23. andrew says:

    one of robert horrys best buzzer beaters was on a broken play

  24. some guy says:

    When Russell Westbrook made the shot there was still 0.1 seconds remaining so it wasn’t a buzzer beater.

  25. SteezyZ says:

    So many people asking about Lebron’s GW and Westbrook’s…..they have to be buzzer beaters, meaning 0.0 seconds left on the clock. Both of theirs had around 0.1 seconds left, meaning they were GW but not buzzer beaters. Close but no cigar :D