In the San Antonio Spurs’ five NBA championships, who won the NBA Finals MVP Awards?
The San Antonio Spurs have made the NBA Finals six times since 1999. Five of them resulted in championships, which began in the aforementioned year and continued until the 2014 playoffs.
In every Finals series the Spurs won, they had a player win the MVP Award for the best performance of the seven games. Who were the players that achieved this across the 15 years?
In 1999, it was Tim Duncan. He already became one of the NBA’s best power forwards in his first and second go-around in the regular season, which resulted in the Spurs becoming one of the best teams in the Association. Duncan led the way against the New York Knicks, with 27.4 points, 14.0 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game.
2003 was identical, as Duncan won the NBA Finals for the second time. The Spurs defeated the New Jersey Nets, which opened the door for him to win. He had 24.2 points, 17.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 5.3 blocks per game. These were terrific numbers and among the best of any Finals MVP.
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Like 1999 and 2003, Duncan came on top as the NBA Finals MVP winner. He didn’t match the production of the previous two series, but had 20.6 points, 14.1 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game.
Two years later, in 2007, a different Spur took home this award. Tony Parker led the way with 24.5 points on 56.8 percent shooting to help give San Antonio a 4-0 series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
To top it off, in 2014, Kawhi Leonard won the NBA Finals MVP Award. It was his breakout performance, against the Miami Heat, that won him this. He had 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks on 61.2 percent shooting (57.9 percent from 3-point range).
These are the five NBA Finals Awards that were handed out to Spurs players. Who will be the next one to win?