10) Dirk Nowitzki (Developer, Dallas Mavericks), 2011
Dirk Nowitzki won his only championship by playing against “The Heatles”, the Miami super team was formed when Eternal Stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh brought their skills to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade. another one forever All-Star. Game 1 of the series immediately caused a stir for the disabled. In a tense and low-scoring relationship in Miami, Nowitzki used a chip to break a squamous tendon in his left hand during the game before hitting his injured hand to win the game. He later won Game 4 despite possessing a sinus infection and a 101F fever, confirming his current flawless ability to play well in test conditions.
9) Jerry West (Guard, Los Angeles Lakers), 1969
1969 was the West’s sixth appearance in the final – and he lost all five previous games to the Boston Celtics led by Bill Russell. Despite this track record, West played unparalleledly, averaging 38 points per game across the series, including a 53-point performance in Game 1 and a 40-point three-pointer in Game 7, which the Lakers scored. lost the title to Boston. West’s inspirational performance was not lost on his opponents: Russell famously said that “Los Angeles did not win the championship, but Jerry West is the champion.” The forces, who also recognized the quality of Rojava’s play, were awarded the first and only MVP Final Award ever given to a player on a losing team.
8) Hakeem Olajuwon (Center, Houston Rockets), 1995
Occasionally in the 1990s other superstars disappeared after two years of silent domination by the league’s international superstar, Hakeem Olajuwon. One of the few performances on this list to be marked by the exceptional quality of his opponent is Olajuwon’s Rockets Orlando Magic led by Shaquille O’Neal who’s new Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls out of the game (the only team to do so in the game). removed (90s). Olajuwon scored 30+ points in each game and lost his team in Game 1.
7) Dwyane Wade (Guard, Miami Heat), 2006
Wade’s play in 2006, to date, is the best Michael Jordan impact anyone has ever made on the final stage. He was an unlikely candidate to become the MVP of the series – however, his ally was O’Neal, himself the three-time MVP of the final. However, after losing the first two games, it was Wade who scored 42, 36, 43 and 36 points in four straight wins to give Miami its first championship. And, according to a consistent (often conflicting) statistic known as player performance value (PER), Wade’s 2006 ranking was the best personal performance in 20 years.
6) Bill Russell (Center, Boston Celtics) 1962
OK, so this award did not exist until 1969, but Russell’s dominance was such that we gave him him by all means. In his 13 years in the league, Russell’s Celtics have won the championship 11 times, including eight straight titles.
Russell’s defensive style has never been well translated in statistics but, as he famously put it, “The way I play, my team wins.” This was especially true during his dominant performance in 1962 against the West’s Lakers. In a very non-Bill Russell style, he allowed the Celtics to score in that series. He played all 53 rounds of Game 7, which he spent in extra time, scoring 30 points and 40 rebounds in the process.
5) Shaquille O’Neal (Center, Los Angeles Lakers), 2000
For a generation of some viewers, Shaq was a true superhero: he even starred in a movie (certainly not a big one). His powers began at the turn of the millennium when he and the Kobe Bryant Lakers opened with three straight titles. During the first of those races, in 2000, Shaq was almost unstoppable. After only one voter was unanimously embarrassed to win the regular season MVP, Shaq led the Indiana Pacers with an average of 38 points and 16.7 rebounds in six games. If possible, Shaq was even more dominant than the numbers suggest.
4) Magic Johnson (Guard, Los Angeles Lakers), 1980
In 1980, at just 20 years old, Johnson became the youngest player to ever be named the MVP of the final. In the most famous moment of the series, Johnson started Game 6 as his team center (traditionally the longest team position) although he usually works as a team guard (traditionally the shortest position). . Johnson will return to his path in all five possible positions during the game to earn 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in a successful performance.
3) Willis Reed (Center, New York Knicks), 1970
Willis Reed may be the most unfamiliar name in this title to an unknown audience, but the stoy presidency of the famous hall in Game 7 of the 1970 series is still regularly referenced by experts to this day.
Reed averaged more than 31 points per game in the first four games, having served as the New York Knicks’ top scorer. The Knicks led the series 3-2 after five games, but their victory in Game 5 came at a heavy cost – Reed was injured, a muscle tore in his right thigh. The injury caused him to miss Game 6, in which the Knicks lost more than 20 points.
To the surprise of Knicks fans, the injured Reed left his leg for Game 7. He shot and made the Knicks’ first two shots and spent most of the first half defending Wilt Chamberlain before his injury knocked him out of the game. The Knicks will win both the game and the championship. His presence that evening inspired everyone who watched, the legendary publishing pioneer Howard Cosell to tell Reed, “You are the best example that the human spirit can offer.”
2) Michael Jordan (Guard, Chicago Bulls), 1993
As anyone who has watched The Last Dance can confirm, Michael Jordan is very, very so many final performance to choose from. His first championship, against the Magic Johnson’s Lakers in 1991, gave us “his uniqueness”TAC-movement. Jordan’s second final, in 1992, introduced us to the inconvenience of “washing”. He took his fourth title on Father’s Day in 1996, a coincidence that may have become even more complicated. Jordan’s raw, emotional response to his first headline after his father’s murder. The list goes on – there was a “flu game” in 1997, and in 1998 his five seconds of success were shot.
Jordan’s greatest performance in the final on the court is also the most difficult to summarize in a single word or moment. In 1993, Jordan Bulls won their third consecutive championship, a victory that no team had won since Bill Russell Celtics. With 41 unstoppable points per game, Jordan averaged a record (still standing) for the most points per game in a final series.
1) LeBron James (Developer, Cleveland Cavaliers), 2016
The is so so the all-round experience between Jordan’s top scorer in 1993 and LeBron James in 2016. But when examined closely, it becomes clear that James’s 2016 success is undoubtedly unparalleled.
Let’s start with the opponent – James and the Cavaliers play defending champions Golden State Warriors, a team led by Steph Curry during the season he was first–all the time unanimously elected MVP. The Curry’s Warriors also played 73 games in the regular season, breaking the record previously held by the Jordanian Bulls.
James’s condition was black. After Game 4, the Cavs lost 3-1, a deficit that no team had won in the final. However, in the last three games, James was unstoppable. He scored 41 points each in Games 5 and 6 before finishing the series with a double triple in Game 7. He led every major statistical category in the series, something that no other player in the game has done. And, on top of all the statistical success, James made his signature game. “Block” (he has his Wikipedia entry) was an interesting setback for the final MVP of the dominant Andre Iguodala who maintained a balanced number in the final seasons of Game 7.
The success also marked the end of Cleveland’s title race over all major professional sports, which lasted until 1964. Not bad for a child close to Akron.