Top NBA Finals MVPs: Team-Impacting Performances

NBA Finals Mvps With Big Impact On Their Teams

Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors (2019)

Following a trade from San Antonio Spurs, Leonard led the Raptors to the NBA title against GSW, Although Golden State was large without Kevin Durant due to a calf injury and later a torn Achilles in game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Still, Kawhi stepped up and delivered the first title in the franchise for Toronto Raptors

He was the only winner in the last five years to not come away with a unanimous victory, as his teammate Fred VanVleet claimed a single vote.

 Lebron James , Los Angeles Lakers (2020)

One of the greatest players ever to play this game had averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 8.5 assists, and 1.2 steals where he won the finals MVP with unanimous decision.

Lebron James was the oldest player to win the finals MVP. At the age of 35, he won his fourth Championship and 4th Finals MVP.

The title helped him to become the first player in NBA history to win Finals MVP with three different franchises. Previously doing this with Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (2021) 

Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo won the Finals MVP in 2021 where he averaged 35.2 points per game, 13.2 rebounds, 05 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 blocks. And he was selected as a unanimous MVP; No player had averaged 35.2 per game in NBA finals, scoring at a great efficiency with his elite rebounding defense and passing every mix of it.

Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo scored 50 points to help the Bucks to win their second title in franchise history. He joined Bob Petit as the only player to do so in a final-clinching game. He was the seventh player who had scored 50 or more points in finals where he joined Legends like Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Rick Barry, and Petit.

Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo 2021 Finals is the best of the last 5 years because he was coming off a knee injury.

 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors (2022)

The greatest shooter ever to play the game had averaged 31.2 pints, 6.0 rebounds,5.0 Assists, and 2.0 steals and he won the NBA Finals MVP unanimously.  

Winning the finals MVP and a fourth  Championship along with two regular season MVPs put Curry in a unique company joining great players like Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James as only the sixth player in the league history.

Nikol Jokic, Denver Nuggets(2023)

Nikol Jokic in 2023 Finals won his first championship where Nikola Jokic had an incredible run in the postseason, in fact in NBA Finals he averaged 30.2 points, 14.0 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.4 Blocks.

Going up against one of the strongest men in Miami Heat Uniform and a nasty defense was not an easy task. Whether it was post moves or stepping out to knock down the 3-point line. Nikola Jokic was unguardable throughout the playoffs. Nikola Jokic's finals MVP award also marks the first time a player drafted outside the top -15 had won both this and a regular season MVP.

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