Who have been the NBA Finals MVPs in the past? Who has the most MVPs?
Shortly before the 2022 NBA Finals series begins, we look back at the players who have made the biggest difference when the championship was at stake.
The NBA Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors will begin on Thursday, and players from both teams will bring their A-game to the campaign for the trophy.
Some players tend to buckle under the immense pressure which comes from having the championship within reach, while others shine and deliver their best numbers at this crucial point in the season.
Those who are able to operate at the absolute highest level in these circumstances are declared the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals.
Jerry West makes history
The NBA first handed out this award in 1969 to Jerry West, who is said to have been the inspiration for the logo of the league.
Aside from being the first awardee, West is also known for being the only player to have been honored with the title while being on the losing team.
The league has given this honor 53 times to 31 players, showing that standout athletes often carry out repeat performances.
Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, for example, was named NBA Finals MVP a record six times. LeBron James follows suit with four wins, while Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Tim Duncan each earned the honor three times.