Complete List Of NBA Championship MVPs

Complete List Of NBA Championship MVPs

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NBA Championship MVPs represent the pinnacle of performance in the basketball world. These players not only displayed incredible skill throughout the regular season, but they also rose to the occasion during the NBA Finals, delivering a level of play that set them apart from their peers. Their contributions on the court led their respective teams to victory, and for that, they were awarded the NBA Finals MVP, a testament to their excellence. Let’s take a look at the remarkable players who achieved this honor, year by year, and learn a little more about their backgrounds:

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1969 – Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Celtics won) Born in 1938 in Chelyan, West Virginia. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974.

1970 – Willis Reed (New York Knicks)

Matchup: New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Knicks won) Born in 1942 in Hico, Louisiana. Reed played for the New York Knicks from 1964-1974.

1971 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks)

Matchup: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Baltimore Bullets (Bucks won) Born in 1947 in New York City, New York. He played for the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989).

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: LLos Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks (Lakers won) Born in 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chamberlain played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (1959-1965), Philadelphia 76ers (1965-1968), and Los Angeles Lakers (1968-1973).

1973 – Willis Reed (New York Knicks)

Matchup: New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Knicks won) As mentioned earlier, Reed was born in 1942 in Hico, Louisiana.

1974 – John Havlicek (Boston Celtics)

Matchup: Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Celtics won) Born in 1940 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Havlicek played for the Boston Celtics from 1962-1978.

1975 – Rick Barry (Golden State Warriors)

Matchup: Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Bullets (Warriors won) Born in 1944 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Barry played for the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors (1965-1967, 1972-1978) and the Houston Rockets (1978-1980).

1976 – Jo Jo White (Boston Celtics)

Matchup: Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns (Celtics won) Born in 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri. White played for the Boston Celtics (1969-1979), Golden State Warriors (1979-1980), and the Kansas City Kings (1980-1981).

1977 – Bill Walton (Portland Trail Blazers)

Matchup: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Trail Blazers won) Born in 1952 in La Mesa, California. Walton played for the Portland Trail Blazers (1974-1978), San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers (1979-1985), and the Boston Celtics (1985-1987).

1978 – Wes Unseld (Washington Bullets)

Matchup: Washington Bullets vs. Seattle SuperSonics (Bullets won) Born in 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky. Unseld played his entire career for the Baltimore/Washington Bullets from 1968-1981.

1979 – Dennis Johnson (Seattle SuperSonics)

Matchup: Seattle SuperSonics vs. Washington Bullets (SuperSonics won) Born in 1954 in Compton, California. Johnson played for the Seattle SuperSonics (1976-1980), Phoenix Suns (1980-1983), and the Boston Celtics (1983-1990).

1980 – Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Lakers won) Born in 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. Magic played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979-1991 and 1996.

1981 – Cedric Maxwell (Boston Celtics)

Matchup: Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets (Celtics won) Born in 1955 in Kinston, North Carolina. Maxwell played for the Boston Celtics (1977-1985), Los Angeles Clippers (1985-1987), and the Houston Rockets (1987-1988).

1982 – Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Lakers won) As previously mentioned, Magic was born in 1959 in Lansing, Michigan.

1983 – Moses Malone (Philadelphia 76ers)

Matchup: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (76ers won) Born in 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia. Malone played for various teams, including the Houston Rockets (1976-1982), Philadelphia 76ers (1982-1986, 1993-1994), Washington Bullets (1986-1988), and others.

1984 – Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)

Matchup: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Celtics won) Born in 1956 in West Baden Springs, Indiana. Bird played his entire career for the Boston Celtics from 1979-1992.

1985 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics (Lakers won) As previously mentioned, Kareem was born in 1947 in New York City, New York.

1986 – Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)

Matchup: Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets (Celtics won) As previously mentioned, Bird was born in 1956 in West Baden Springs, Indiana.

1987 – Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics (Lakers won) As previously mentioned, Magic was born in 1959 in Lansing, Michigan.

1988 – James Worthy (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons (Lakers won) Born in 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina. Worthy played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1982-1994.

1989 – Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons)

Matchup: Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Pistons won) Born in 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dumars played his entire career for the Detroit Pistons from 1985-1999.

1990 – Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons)

Matchup: Detroit Pistons vs. Portland Trail Blazers (Pistons won) Born in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois. Thomas played his entire career for the Detroit Pistons from 1981-1994.

1991 – Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Bulls won) Born in 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls (1984-1993, 1995-1998) and the Washington Wizards (2001-2003).

1992 – Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers (Bulls won) As previously mentioned, Jordan was born in 1963 in Brooklyn, New York.

1993 – Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns (Bulls won) As previously mentioned, Jordan was born in 1963 in Brooklyn, New York.

1994 – Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)

Matchup: Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks (Rockets won) Born in 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria. Olajuwon played for the Houston Rockets (1984-2001) and the Toronto Raptors (2001-2002).

1995 – Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)

Matchup: Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic (Rockets won) As previously mentioned, Olajuwon was born in 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria.

1996 – Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Seattle SuperSonics (Bulls won) Born in 1963 in Brooklyn, New York.

1997 – Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz (Bulls won) Born in 1963 in Brooklyn, New York.

1998 – Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz (Bulls won) Born in 1963 in Brooklyn, New York.

1999 – Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)

Matchup: San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks (Spurs won) Born in 1976 in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands. Duncan played for the San Antonio Spurs from 1997-2016.

2000 – Shaquille O’Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers (Lakers won) Born in 1972 in Newark, New Jersey. O’Neal played for several teams including the Orlando Magic (1992-1996), Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004), Miami Heat (2004-2008), and others.

2001 – Shaquille O’Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Lakers won) Born in 1972 in Newark, New Jersey.

2002 – Shaquille O’Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Jersey Nets (Lakers won) Born in 1972 in Newark, New Jersey.

2003 – Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)

Matchup: San Antonio Spurs vs. New Jersey Nets (Spurs won) Born in 1976 in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands.

2004 – Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons)

Matchup: Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Pistons won) Born in 1976 in Denver, Colorado. Billups played for several teams including the Boston Celtics (1997-1998), Denver Nuggets (1998-2000, 2008-2011), Detroit Pistons (2002-2008), and others.

2005 – Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)

Matchup: San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons (Spurs won) Born in 1976 in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands.

2006 – Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)

Matchup: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks (Heat won) Born in 1982 in Chicago, Illinois. Wade played for the Miami Heat (2003-2016, 2018-2019), Chicago Bulls (2016-2017), and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2017-2018).

2007 – Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)

Matchup: San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Spurs won) Born in 1982 in Bruges, Belgium. Parker played for the San Antonio Spurs (2001-2018) and the Charlotte Hornets (2018-2019).

2008 – Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics)

Matchup: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Celtics won) Born in 1977 in Oakland, California. Pierce played for the Boston Celtics (1998-2013), Brooklyn Nets (2013-2014), Washington Wizards (2014-2015), and the Los Angeles Clippers (2015-2017).

2009 – Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Orlando Magic (Lakers won) Born in 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bryant played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996-2016.

2010 – Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics (Lakers won) Born in 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2011 – Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)

Matchup: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat (Mavericks won) Born in 1978 in Würzburg, Germany. Nowitzki played his entire career for the Dallas Mavericks from 1998-2019.

2012 – LeBron James (Miami Heat)

Matchup: Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Heat won) Born in 1984 in Akron, Ohio. James has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-2010, 2014-2018), Miami Heat (2010-2014), and Los Angeles Lakers (2018-present as of last update).

2013 – LeBron James (Miami Heat)

Matchup: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs (Heat won) Born in 1984 in Akron, Ohio.

2014 – Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)

Matchup: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat (Spurs won) Born in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. Leonard has played for the San Antonio Spurs (2011-2018), Toronto Raptors (2018-2019), and Los Angeles Clippers (2019-present as of last update).

2015 – Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors)

Matchup: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Warriors won) Born in 1984 in Springfield, Illinois. Iguodala has played for the Philadelphia 76ers (2004-2012), Denver Nuggets (2012-2013), Golden State Warriors (2013-2019), and Miami Heat (2020-present as of last update).

2016 – LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Matchup: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors (Cavaliers won) Born in 1984 in Akron, Ohio.

2017 – Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)

Matchup: GGolden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Warriors won) Born in 1988 in Washington, D.C. Durant has played for the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder (2007-2016), Golden State Warriors (2016-2019), and Brooklyn Nets (2019-present as of last update).

2018 – Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)

Matchup: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Warriors won) Born in 1988 in Washington, D.C.

2019 – Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors)

Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors (Raptors won) Born in 1991 in Los Angeles, California.

2020 – LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat (Lakers won) Born in 1984 in Akron, Ohio.

2021 – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Matchup: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns (Bucks won) Born in 1994 in Athens, Greece. Antetokounmpo has played for the Milwaukee Bucks since 2013.

2022 – Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Matchup: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics (Warriors won) Born in 1988 in Akron, Ohio. Curry has played his entire career for the Golden State Warriors since 2009.

2021 – Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets)

Matchup: Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat (Nuggets won) Born in 1995 in Sombor, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia. Jokic has played his entire NBA career for the Denver Nuggets since 2015.

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