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Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal, only triplet of MVPs in NBA Finals

After 75 years, the history of the NBA is rich in records, but there is one that seems unattainable due to the current parity of the league. Only


After 75 years, the history of the NBA is rich in records, but there is one that seems unattainable due to the current parity of the league. Only two players have won the Bill Russell Award for Most Valuable Player in the NBA Finals for three consecutive seasons: Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal.

Jordan got it twice, between 1991 and 1993 and between 1996 and 1998; while O’Neal got it in the 2000, 2001 and 2002 campaigns.

MJ’s first streak of awards came from leading the Chicago franchise to wins in the 1991 NBA Finals, against the Los Angeles Lakers; in 1992, against the Portland Trail Blazers; and 1993, against the Phoenix Suns.

After a season away from the NBA in which he played minor league baseball and a failed attempt to win the Eastern Conference against the Orlando Magic, ‘His Airness’ was the MVP in the Finals where the Bulls beat the Seattle SuperSonics (1996 ) and the Utah Jazz (1997 and 1998).

If Jordan dominated during the 90’s, O’Neal was in charge of dominating the NBA during the first years of the new millennium. The center won the 2000 championships against the Indiana Pacers; from 2001, against the Philadelphia 76ers; and the one in 2002, against the New Jersey Nets.

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almost made it

The Finals MVP award has been awarded since 1969 and has been presented to 33 different players during that time. Of them, only Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have won it in consecutive years. Of them, only KD and LBJ came close to matching MJ and Shaq because they played in three straight finals.

LeBron James guided the Miami Heat to wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 and the San Antonio Spurs in 2013. However, Kawhi Leonard was the MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals, where the Heat and Spurs met for the second time. year in a row

Later, Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors and was the MVP of the two Finals in which they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 and 2018. In the following season, the Californian team reached the fight for the championship against the Toronto Raptors, but injury sidelined him to just one game and Kawhi Leonard gave the Canadian franchise the first Larry O’Brien Trophy.