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Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award
Awarded for Most valuable player of the NBA Finals
Presented by National Basketball Association (1969–present)
First award 1969
Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers)
Most wins Michael Jordan (6 awards)
Most recent 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo
(Milwaukee Bucks) (1st award)

The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award (formerly known as the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1969 NBA Finals. The award is decided by a panel of eleven media members, who cast votes after the conclusion of the Finals. The person with the highest number of votes wins the award.[1] The award was originally a black trophy with a gold basketball-shaped sphere at the top, similar to the Larry O'Brien Trophy, until a new trophy was introduced in 2005 to commemorate Bill Russell.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 31 different players. Michael Jordan is a record six-time award winner. LeBron James has won the award four times in his career, and Magic JohnsonShaquille O'Neal, and Tim Duncan won the award three times in their careers. Jordan and O'Neal are the only players to win the award in three consecutive seasons (Jordan accomplished the feat on two separate occasions). Johnson is the only rookie ever to win the award, as well as the youngest at 20 years old. Andre Iguodala is the only winner to have not started every game in the series. Jerry West, the first ever awardee, is the only person to win the award while being on the losing team in the NBA Finals. Willis ReedKareem Abdul-JabbarLarry BirdHakeem OlajuwonKobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard won the award twice. Olajuwon, Bryant, James and Durant have won the award in two consecutive seasons. Abdul-Jabbar, James, and Leonard are the only players to win the award for two different teams. Olajuwon of Nigeria, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1993, Tony Parker of France, and Dirk Nowitzki of Germany are the only international players to win the award. Duncan is an American citizen, but is considered an "international" player by the NBA because he was not born in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C., as he was born in Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Parker and Nowitzki are the only winners to have been trained totally outside the U.S.; Olajuwon played college basketball at Houston and Duncan at Wake Forest. Cedric Maxwell is the only Finals MVP winner eligible for the Hall of Fame who has not been voted in.

On February 14, 2009, during the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the award would be renamed the "Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award" in honor of 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell.

Recipients

Year Player Position Nationality Team
1969 Jerry West Guard USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers
1970 Willis Reed Center/Forward USA Flag.png United States New York Knicks
1971 Lew Alcindor Center USA Flag.png United States Milwaukee Bucks
1972 Wilt Chamberlain Center USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (2)
1973 Willis Reed (2) Center/Forward USA Flag.png United States New York Knicks (2)
1974 John Havlicek Forward/Guard USA Flag.png United States Boston Celtics
1975 Rick Barry Forward USA Flag.png United States Golden State Warriors
1976 Jo Jo White Guard USA Flag.png United States Boston Celtics (2)
1977 Bill Walton Center USA Flag.png United States Portland Trail Blazers
1978 Wes Unseld Center/Forward USA Flag.png United States Washington Bullets
1979 Dennis Johnson Guard USA Flag.png United States Seattle SuperSonics
1980 Magic Johnson Guard USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (3)
1981 Cedric Maxwell Forward USA Flag.png United States Boston Celtics (3)
1982 Magic Johnson (2) Guard USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (4)
1983 Moses Malone Center USA Flag.png United States Philadelphia 76ers
1984 Larry Bird Forward USA Flag.png United States Boston Celtics (4)
1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2) Center USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (5)
1986 Larry Bird (2) Forward USA Flag.png United States Boston Celtics (5)
1987 Magic Johnson (3) Guard USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (6)
1988 James Worthy Forward USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (7)
1989 Joe Dumars Guard USA Flag.png United States Detroit Pistons
1990 Isiah Thomas Guard USA Flag.png United States Detroit Pistons (2)
1991 Michael Jordan Guard USA Flag.png United States Chicago Bulls
1992 Michael Jordan (2) Guard USA Flag.png United States Chicago Bulls (2)
1993 Michael Jordan (3) Guard USA Flag.png United States Chicago Bulls (3)
1994 Hakeem Olajuwon Center Nigeria Flag.png Nigeria Houston Rockets
1995 Hakeem Olajuwon (2) Center Nigeria Flag.png Nigeria Houston Rockets (2)
1996 Michael Jordan (4) Guard USA Flag.png United States Chicago Bulls (4)
1997 Michael Jordan (5) Guard USA Flag.png United States Chicago Bulls (5)
1998 Michael Jordan (6) Guard USA Flag.png United States Chicago Bulls (6)
1999 Tim Duncan Forward/Center USA Flag.png United States San Antonio Spurs
2000 Shaquille O'Neal Center USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (8)
2001 Shaquille O'Neal (2) Center USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (9)
2002 Shaquille O'Neal (3) Center USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (10)
2003 Tim Duncan (2) Forward/Center USA Flag.png United States San Antonio Spurs (2)
2004 Chauncey Billups Guard USA Flag.png United States Detroit Pistons (3)
2005 Tim Duncan (3) Forward/Center USA Flag.png United States San Antonio Spurs (3)
2006 Dwyane Wade Guard USA Flag.png United States Miami Heat
2007 Tony Parker Guard Flag of France.png France San Antonio Spurs (4)
2008 Paul Pierce Forward USA Flag.png United States Boston Celtics (6)
2009 Kobe Bryant Guard USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (11)
2010 Kobe Bryant (2) Guard USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (12)
2011 Dirk Nowitzki Forward Germany Flag.png Germany Dallas Mavericks
2012 LeBron James Forward USA Flag.png United States Miami Heat (2)
2013 LeBron James (2) Forward USA Flag.png United States Miami Heat (3)
2014 Kawhi Leonard Forward USA Flag.png United States San Antonio Spurs (5)
2015 Andre Iguodala Forward/Guard USA Flag.png United States Golden State Warriors (2)
2016 LeBron James (3) Forward USA Flag.png United States Cleveland Cavaliers
2017 Kevin Durant Forward USA Flag.png United States Golden State Warriors (3)
2018 Kevin Durant (2) Forward USA Flag.png United States Golden State Warriors (4)
2019 Kawhi Leonard (2) Forward USA Flag.png United States Toronto Raptors
2020 LeBron James (4) Forward USA Flag.png United States Los Angeles Lakers (13)
2021 Giannis Antetokounmpo Forward Greece Flag.png Greece Milwaukee Bucks (2)

Multi-time winners

Player Team(s) No. Years
Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 6 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
LeBron James Miami Heat (2), Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers 4 2012, 2013, 2016, 2020
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 3 1980, 1982, 1987
Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers 2000, 2001, 2002
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs 1999, 2003, 2005
Willis Reed New York Knicks 2 1970, 1973
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Milwaukee BucksLos Angeles Lakers 1971, 1985
Larry Bird Boston Celtics 1984, 1986
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 1994, 1995
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 2009, 2010
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors 2017, 2018
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio SpursToronto Raptors 2014, 2019
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