Here we look at the top five contenders to be named NBA Finals MVP this season:-
1) LeBron James
• Averages: MP 35.2, PTS 30, TRB 8, AST 3, STL 2.5, FG% 59, 3P% 83, FT% 81.
• Game 1 +/- 0 , Game 2 +11
• LeBron missed all but thirty seconds of the last seven and a half minutes in the fourth quarter of Game 1. The Heat were down 2 when LeBron left the game for good with four minutes left. The Spurs promptly went on a sixteen to three run to close out the game.
2) Tim Duncan
• Averages: MP 35.5, PTS 19.5, TRB 12.5, AST 2
• Game 1 +/- +10, Game 2 +2
• Tim Duncan had a stellar Game One performance, posting 21 points on 9 of 10 shooting, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing three assists. Had the Spurs prevailed in Game 2 this would be Duncan’s award to lose, however, they lost by two points. Despite another strong performance of 18 points on 50 percent shooting and 15 rebounds; down the stretch the Spurs missed four consecutive crucial free throws, two misses by Duncan.
3) Chris Bosh
• Averages: MP 34.9, PTS 18, TRB 6, AST 1.5, FG% 59, 3P% 66.7, FT% 85.7
• Chris Bosh has not outshone everyone listed below, but he has posted big numbers on less touches. He has shot the ball efficiently, and hit a go ahead three with just over a minute left in Game 2.
4) Manu Ginobili
• Averages: MP 29.9, PTS 17.5, TRB 3.5, AST 7.5, STL 2, BLK 0.5, FG% 48, 3P% 38.5, FT% 100
• Manu Ginobili has led the Spurs second team, and proved why he is one of the best sixth men in basketball. He has shot the ball well, and limited his turnovers. He edges Parker, because he rebounds the ball and posted similar numbers in less minutes.
5) Tony Parker
• Averages: MP 35.9, PTS 20, TRB 0, AST 7.5, STL 1, FG% 53, 3P% 66.7, FT% 50
• Tony Parker has played at a high level, but he has missed half of his free throws. Parker needs to limit his mental mistakes by making his free throws and stop turning the ball over.