Some notes on the Finals MVP contenders:
- Kevin Durant, Golden State: When the Warriors won the championship two years ago, another small forward was named Finals MVP: Andre Iguodala.
- Stephen Curry, Golden State: Curry enters the Finals averaging 28.6 points per game on 50.2 percent shooting from the field and 43.1 percent shooting from 3, all postseason career highs.
- LeBron James, Cleveland: He’s attempting to earn his fourth Finals MVP award; only Michael Jordan (six) has more than three.
- Draymond Green, Golden State: Already a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, Green could be the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 to win Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP in the same season.
- Kyrie Irving, Cleveland: It has been 10 years since a point guard won Finals MVP (San Antonio’s Tony Parker in 2007).
- Klay Thompson, Golden State: After compiling a 17.4 PER during the regular season, Thompson enters the Finals with a postseason PER of 8.4 in 413 minutes. That’s the worst PER among the 37 players who have played at least 300 minutes this postseason.
KD has best shot at Finals MVP