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NBA Finals: 5 Players with the most Finals MVP Awards

Nathan Paul
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#4 Tim Duncan - 3 NBA Finals MVP Awards

2014 NBA Finals - Game One
2014 NBA Finals - Game One

Tim Duncan, 'The Big Fundamental', is a five-time NBA Champion with the San Antonio Spurs and arguably the greatest power forward of all time. Duncan made his name by sticking to the fundamentals of basketball and executing it exceptionally well.

Tim Duncan won the first of his awards along with his first championship in the 1999 NBA finals when the Spurs beat the New York Knicks in five games. During this series, there was no questioning that Duncan would win the award, as he averaged 27.4 points, 14 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He also added one steal and 2.2 blocks per game.

In the following years, Duncan and the Spurs would always find themselves in the playoffs but were unable to advance to the finals again until 2003, where they met the New Jersey Nets. The Spurs won the series in six games and Duncan averaged 24.2 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, one steal and an impressive 5.3 blocks per game. Through the series, Duncan led the team in all major stats other than steals, and this feat earned him his second NBA Finals MVP award.

Duncan won his last finals MVP award for the 2005 championship run. The Spurs faced the Detroit Pistons and managed to seal the deal in seven games. During this series, Duncan averaged 20.6 points, 14.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.4 steals and 2.1 blocks. His numbers had dropped in comparison to his previous finals appearances, but strong performances from Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili gave Duncan the support he needed as he won his third NBA Finals MVP award.