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Encyclopedia > National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award

The National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the player who has exhibited exceptional play during an NBA Finals series. The award typically goes to a player on the winning team, though when it was first awarded to Jerry West in 1969, his Los Angeles Lakers' team lost to the Boston Celtics. This was the only year that the award went to a player whose team did not win the championship. Logo of the NBA Finals. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired basketball player who played his entire professional career in the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


The award was originally 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 and presented to the Finals MVP, Tim Duncan. The most recent trophy winner is Duncan's teammate Tony Parker. The Larry OBrien trophy is coveted by NBA teams. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan[1] (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... William Anthony (Tony) Parker, II (born May 17, 1982)) is a French National Basketball Association (NBA) player with the San Antonio Spurs and captain of Frances national basketball team. ...

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All-time Award Winners

The following is a list of the All-time Finals Most Valuable Players.[1] Michael Jordan has won the award 6 times to lead all players. Magic Johnson is the youngest player and only rookie to be named the Finals MVP at the age of 20 years in the 1980 NBA Finals. The only three non-American-born stars to win the award are Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria in 1994 and 1995), Tim Duncan (Virgin Islands in 1999, 2003 and 2005) and Tony Parker (France in 2007). For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 1994 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1993-1994 NBA season. ... The 1995 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1994-95 NBA season. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan[1] (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... The 1999 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1998-99 NBA season. ... The 2003 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2002-03 NBA season. ... The 2005 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2004-05 National Basketball Association season. ... William Anthony (Tony) Parker, II (born May 17, 1982)) is a French National Basketball Association (NBA) player with the San Antonio Spurs and captain of Frances national basketball team. ... The 2007 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2006-07 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. ...

Year Player Team
2007 Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
2006 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
2005 Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
2004 Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons
2003 Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
2002 Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers
2001 Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers
2000 Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers
1999 Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
1998 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
1997 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
1996 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
1995 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
1994 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
1993 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
1992 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
1991 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
1990 Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons
1989 Joe Dumars Detroit Pistons
1988 James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers
1987 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers
1986 Larry Bird Boston Celtics
1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers
1984 Larry Bird Boston Celtics
1983 Moses Malone Philadelphia 76ers
1982 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers
1981 Cedric Maxwell Boston Celtics
1980 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers
1979 Dennis Johnson Seattle SuperSonics
1978 Wes Unseld Washington Bullets
1977 Bill Walton Portland Trail Blazers
1976 Jo Jo White Boston Celtics
1975 Rick Barry Golden State Warriors
1974 John Havlicek Boston Celtics
1973 Willis Reed New York Knicks
1972 Wilt Chamberlain Los Angeles Lakers
1971 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Milwaukee Bucks
1970 Willis Reed New York Knicks
1969 Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

† = Losing Team The 2007 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2006-07 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. ... William Anthony (Tony) Parker, II (born May 17, 1982)) is a French National Basketball Association (NBA) player with the San Antonio Spurs and captain of Frances national basketball team. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2005 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2004-05 National Basketball Association season. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan[1] (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003-04 National Basketball Association season. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976 in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The 2003 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2002-03 NBA season. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan[1] (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The 2002 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2001-02 NBA season. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is an American professional basketball player and is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... NBA Finals logo from NBA.com. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is an American professional basketball player and is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 2000 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1999-2000 National Basketball Association season. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is an American professional basketball player and is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1999 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1998-99 NBA season. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan[1] (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1997 NBA Finals was the concluding series of the 1997 NBA Playoffs that determined the champion of the 1996–97 NBA season. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Official 1996 NBA Finals logo. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1995 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1994-95 NBA season. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The 1994 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1993-1994 NBA season. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The 1993 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1992-1993 NBA season. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1992 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1991-92 NBA season. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1991 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1990-1991 NBA season. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1990 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1989-1990 NBA season. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, and is currently the head coach and president of basketball operations for the NBAs New York Knicks (most likely will be fired shortly). ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The 1989 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1988-1989 NBA season Categories: | ... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The 1988 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1987-88 NBA season. ... James Ager Worthy (b. ... 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The 1984 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1983-1984 NBA season. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1982 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1981-1982 NBA season How They Got Here After being upset in the 1981 NBA Playoffs by the surprising Houston Rockets in a 3-game mini-series, the Lakers were back in championship form. ... Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1981 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1980-1981 NBA season. ... Cedric Maxwell Cedric Bryan Maxwell (born November 21, 1955, in Kinston, North Carolina) is a retired American professional basketball player now in radio broadcasting. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1979 NBA Finals were won by the Seattle Supersonics defeating the Washington Bullets 4 games to 1. ... Dennis Johnson (September 18, 1954 – February 22, 2007), nicknamed DJ, was an American professional basketball player and coach. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Series Summary Bullets win series 4-3 Categories: | ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 1977 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1976-77 NBA season. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a former American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The 1976 NBA Finals was the championship round for the 1975-1976 NBA season. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Series Summary Warriors win series 4-0 Categories: | ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Eastern Belfast Ladz defeat The Western Belfast Ladz, 4 games to 3. ... John J. Havlicek (born April 8, 1940 in Martins Ferry, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA titles, half of them coming in his first four seasons. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Series Summary Knicks win series 4-1 Categories: | ... Willis Reed Jr. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Series Summary Lakers win series 4-1 Categories: | ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Series Summary Bucks win series 4-0 Categories: | ... For the football player, see Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... How They Got Here The New York Knicks had a spectacular season, theyre 60 wins came as a result of team play instead of big name superstars, something the 2004 Detroit Pistons successfully did in winning their championship. ... Willis Reed Jr. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1969 NBA Finals was one of the most spectacular Finals series ever. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired basketball player who played his entire professional career in the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


Multiple honors

Players

No. Player
6 Michael Jordan
3 Tim Duncan
Shaquille O'Neal
Magic Johnson
2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Larry Bird
Hakeem Olajuwon
Willis Reed

Teams For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan[1] (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is an American professional basketball player and is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... For the football player, see Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Willis Reed Jr. ...

No. Team
10 Los Angeles Lakers
6 Chicago Bulls
5 Boston Celtics
4 San Antonio Spurs
3 Detroit Pistons
2 Houston Rockets
New York Knicks

Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

See also

The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ...

References

  1. ^ nba.com, Finals Most Valuable Player, accessed June 15, 2007.
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