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NBA Finals MVP

National Basketball Association awards and honors
Championship

Individual awards

Honors




The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award (formerly known as the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1969 NBA Finals. The award is decided by a panel of nine media members, who cast vote after the conclusion of the final round. The person with the highest votes wins the award. In at least one NBA Finals, fans balloting on NBA.com accounted for the tenth vote.[1][2] Originally, the award was a black trophy with a gold basketball-shaped sphere at the top, similar to the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, until a smaller trophy was introduced in 2005.[3][4]

Since its inception, the award has been given to 28 different players. Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championships from 1991 to 1993 and 1996 to 1998, is the only player to win the award six times.[5] Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Tim Duncan all won the award three times in their career while Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James won the award twice. Jordan and O'Neal are the only players to win the award in three consecutive seasons (Jordan accomplished the feat on two separate occasions). Olajuwon, Bryant, and James have won the award in two consecutive seasons. Abdul-Jabbar is the only player to win the award for two different teams, first with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971, then with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1985. Johnson is the only rookie ever to win the award when he won it with the Lakers in 1980.[6] Jerry West, the first ever awardee, won the award while being on the losing team in the NBA Finals.[5] Olajuwon of Nigeria, who was a naturalized U.S. citizen since 1993, Tim Duncan of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tony Parker of France (born in Belgium) and Dirk Nowitzki of Germany are the only four international players to win the award. Duncan is an American citizen, but is considered an "international" player by the NBA because he was not born in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C.[7] Parker and Nowitzki are the only winners to have been trained totally outside the U.S.; Olajuwon played college basketball at Houston and Duncan at Wake Forest. Cedric Maxwell and Jo Jo White are the only two Finals MVP winners eligible for the Hall of Fame who have not been voted in.[8]

On February 14, 2009, during the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the award would be renamed the "Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award" in honor of 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell.[9]

Winners

^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the Finals MVP award
Team (X) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has received the Finals MVP award
Year Player Position Nationality Team
1969 West, JerryJerry West*[lower-alpha 1] Guard Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers
1970 Reed, WillisWillis Reed* Center/Forward Template:Flagu New York Knicks
1971 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor*[lower-alpha 2] Center Template:Flagu Milwaukee Bucks
1972 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Center Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (2)
1973 Reed, WillisWillis Reed* (2) Center/Forward Template:Flagu New York Knicks (2)
1974 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* Forward/Guard Template:Flagu Boston Celtics
1975 Barry, RickRick Barry* Forward Template:Flagu Golden State Warriors
1976 White, Jo JoJo Jo White Guard Template:Flagu Boston Celtics (2)
1977 Walton, BillBill Walton* Center Template:Flagu Portland Trail Blazers
1978 Unseld, WesWes Unseld* Center/Forward Template:Flagu Washington Bullets
1979 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson* Guard Template:Flagu Seattle SuperSonics
1980 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* Guard Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (3)
1981 Maxwell, CedricCedric Maxwell Forward Template:Flagu Boston Celtics (3)
1982 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* (2) Guard Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (4)
1983 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* Center/Forward Template:Flagu Philadelphia 76ers
1984 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* Forward Template:Flagu Boston Celtics (4)
1985 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[lower-alpha 2] (2) Center Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (5)
1986 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* (2) Forward Template:Flagu Boston Celtics (5)
1987 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* (3) Guard Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (6)
1988 Worthy, JamesJames Worthy* Forward Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (7)
1989 Dumars, JoeJoe Dumars* Guard Template:Flagu Detroit Pistons
1990 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* Guard Template:Flagu Detroit Pistons (2)
1991 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Guard Template:Flagu Chicago Bulls
1992 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (2) Guard Template:Flagu Chicago Bulls (2)
1993 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (3) Guard Template:Flagu Chicago Bulls (3)
1994 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* Center Template:Flagu[lower-alpha 3] Houston Rockets
1995 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* (2) Center Template:Flagu[lower-alpha 3] Houston Rockets (2)
1996 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (4) Guard Template:Flagu Chicago Bulls (4)
1997 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (5) Guard Template:Flagu Chicago Bulls (5)
1998 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (6) Guard Template:Flagu Chicago Bulls (6)
1999 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ Forward/Center Template:Flagu[lower-alpha 4] San Antonio Spurs
2000 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal Center Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (8)
2001 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal (2) Center Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (9)
2002 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal (3) Center Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (10)
2003 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ (2) Forward/Center Template:Flagu[lower-alpha 4] San Antonio Spurs (2)
2004 Billups, ChaunceyChauncey Billups^ Guard Template:Flagu Detroit Pistons (3)
2005 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ (3) Forward/Center Template:Flagu[lower-alpha 4] San Antonio Spurs (3)
2006 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade^ Guard Template:Flagu Miami Heat
2007 Parker, TonyTony Parker^ Guard Template:Flagu[lower-alpha 5] San Antonio Spurs (4)
2008 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce^ Forward Template:Flagu Boston Celtics (6)
2009 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ Guard Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (11)
2010 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ (2) Guard Template:Flagu Los Angeles Lakers (12)
2011 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ Forward Template:Flagu Dallas Mavericks
2012 James, LeBronLeBron James^ Forward Template:Flagu Miami Heat (2)
2013 James, LeBronLeBron James^ (2) Forward Template:Flagu Miami Heat (3)

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