By Max Zelenko on June 13, 2014
With the San Antonio Spurs grabbing a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Miami Heat, it is time to start thinking about who will take home the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award. This series already consists of four players in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker who have previously won the award. Now there is a legitimate chance that somebody new takes home the honor. Here is a list of the top-5 candidates.
I really wanted to put Ginobili up one more spot, but his performance from a statistical standpoint hurts him, after his lines in Game 3 and Game 4. Nevertheless, the enigma that is the Spurs are not one win away from their fifth championship since 1999 without this guy.
Is it me or does Duncan look more like a 33-year-old as opposed to 38? While it is unlikely he takes home MVP honors, Duncan continues to show that he is one of the best big men in the NBA today and is a surefire first ballot Hall-of-Famer.
He absolutely belongs on this list, and it can even be argued to put him in the one or two slot. The Heat are clearly a flawed team, but James is the reason why they even have one win thus far. Say what you want about his cramping, but if that whole episode does not happen, there is a legitimate chance we are looking at a 2-2 series right now.
Going into the championship series, Parker was the favorite to win the award if the Spurs were to take the crown. This looked like it could come to fruition early on, and with one or two more big games is still not far-fetched.
After two subpar performances in the first two games of the NBA Finals, Leonard is transforming into a star right before our eyes. His performance in the pivotal Game 3 may be the turning point of the series, and for an encore, he was not too shabby in Game 4.
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