LeBron James should win NBA Finals MVP.
Yes, his Cavaliers are probably going to lose to the Warriors – whether it’s in Game 6 tomorrow or Game 7 Friday. It’s not quite inevitable, though it’s highly likely.
But LeBron is the only reason we’re even talking about a Game 6 or Game 7.
He has dominated this series, leading a shorthanded Cleveland team to more wins than nearly anyone predicted. His 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game are jaw-dropping numbers.
Imagine a super Warrior who had as many points, assists and rebounds as Golden State’s leader in each category. LeBron would still top him in all three:
There isn’t much precedent for a losing player to win Finals MVP. Jerry West – 1969, when his Lakers fell to the Celtics in seven games – is the only player to do it.
But that shouldn’t matter here.
Anyone who has watched the Finals would easily recognize LeBron as the best player. Researching the stats in context reveals the same conclusion.
If you believe Finals MVP is about the best player in the NBA Finals, you can’t argue against LeBron in good faith.
If you believe Finals MVP is about something else, I don’t want to argue with you.