NBA Finals MVP: Who Is The Favorite?
It is quite possible come Sunday night we will have a new NBA champion and later this week there will be a big parade down the River Walk.
If the Spurs do close it out Sunday night in Game 5, who is the favorite to be NBA Finals MVP?
Here are Pro Basketball Talk’s top five candidates going into Game 5:
Kawhi Leonard: He has been spectacular in Games 3 and 4 — he has 49 points and 18 rebounds in those two games – but the one knock on his candidacy is he had a quiet first two games, and if he has a quiet Game 5 the trophy likely goes elsewhere.
Tim Duncan: He has been just rock solid all series averaging 15.8 points on 58 percent shooting while grabbing 10.5 rebounds a game.
Tony Parker: He is the engine of the Spurs offense, averaging 18.5 points a game on 50.9 percent shooting plus dishing out 5.3 assists per game.
Boris Diaw: He gets the second most touches in the offense (behind Parker) and he always makes the smart play — he can shoot the three, put the ball on the floor and is a dangerous, smart passer.
LeBron James: He’s not going to win it, nor should he, but he has simply been the best player in this series — 27.5 points a game on 60 percent shooting, shooting 61 percent from three, grabbing 7.5 rebounds and dishing out 3.5 assists a night.