1969 -- Jerry West, Los Angeles
Averaged 30.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 18 playoff games as the Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics, 4-3. West has been the only NBA Finals MVP to play for a losing team.
1970 -- Willis Reed, New York
Averaged 23 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in the Knicks’ 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Reed left Game #5 at the end of the first quarter with a strained hip muscle, missed the rest of that game and all of Game #6, but returned for the series’ final game.
1971 -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
Averaged 27 points and 18.5 rebounds in the Bucks 4-0 sweep of the Baltimore Bullets.
1972 -- Wilt Chamberlain, Los Angeles
Averaged 19.4 points, 23.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in the Lakers’ 4-1 victory over the New York Knicks.
1973 -- Willis Reed, New York
Averaged 16.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in the Knicks’ 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
1974 -- John Havlicek, Boston
Averaged 26.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals in the Celtics’ 4-3 victory over the New York Knicks.
1975 -- Rick Barry, Golden State
Averaged 29.5 points, four rebounds, five assists and 3.5 steals while shooting .938 from the free throw line in the Warriors’ 4-0 sweep over the Washington Bullets.
1976 -- JoJo White, Boston
Averaged 21.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists while shooting .878 from the foul line in the Celtics’ 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
1977 -- Bill Walton, Portland
Averaged 18.5 points, 19 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.6 blocks per game in the Trail Blazers’ 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
1978 -- Wes Unseld, Washington
Averaged 9.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists in the Bullets’ 4-3 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
1979 -- Dennis Johnson, Seattle
Averaged 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game in the Sonics’ 4-1 victory over the Washington Bullets.
1980 -- Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
Averaged 21.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game in the Lakers’ 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
1981 -- Cedric Maxwell, Boston
Averaged 17.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in the Celtics’ 4-2 victory over the Houston Rockets.
1982 -- Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
Averaged 17.7 points, 9.3 assists, 11.1 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game in the Lakers’ victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
1983 -- Moses Malone, Philadelphia
Averaged 25.8 points, 18 rebounds and 4.25 blocked shots per game in the 76ers’ sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers.
1984 -- Larry Bird, Boston
Averaged 27.4 points, 14 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting .842 from the free throw line in the Celtics’ 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
1985 -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
Averaged 25.7 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game while shooting over 60% from the field in the Lakers’ 4-2 victory over the Boston Celtics.
1986 -- Larry Bird, Boston
Averaged 24.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game in the Celtics 4-2 victory over the Houston Rockets.
1987 -- Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
Averaged 21.8 points, 12.1 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game in the Lakers’ 4-2 victory over the Boston Celtics. Johnson made playoff MVP history by becoming the first three-time winner of this award.
1988 -- James Worthy, L.A. Lakers
In seven games, averaged 22.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists as the Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons, 4-3, to win their sixth NBA title.
1989 -- Joe Dumars, Detroit
Led the Pistons in scoring with a 27.3 average as Detroit swept the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-0, to win their first NBA Finals.
1990 -- Isiah Thomas, Detroit
Led all players in the NBA Finals with 27.6 points and 7.0 assists per game as the Pistons defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 4-1, to win their second consecutive NBA title.
1991 -- Michael Jordan, Chicago
Leading scorer in the NBA Finals with 31.3 points per game as the Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-1, to win the franchise’s first NBA title.
1992 -- Michael Jordan, Chicago
Averaged 35.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game as the Bulls defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 4-2, to win their second consecutive NBA title.
1993 -- Michael Jordan, Chicago
Averaged NBA Finals record of 41.0 points per game, while collecting 8.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists, in leading the Bulls to their third straight NBA title -- the first team in 27 years to win three consecutive titles.
1994 -- Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
Unanimous choice after averaging 26.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game in Rockets’ 4-3 defeat of New York. First center to win the award since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1985.
1995 -- Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
Averaged 32.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game to lead the Rockets to a sweep of the Orlando Magic. Established three NBA Finals four-game series records including most points (131), most field goals made (56) and most field goals attempted (116).
1996 -- Michael Jordan, Chicago
Averaged 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.67 steals to lead the Bulls to a 4-2 defeat of the Seattle SuperSonics. Named Finals MVP for record fourth time. Scored 36 points in Game #3 win on road.
1997 -- Michael Jordan, Chicago
Averaged 32.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists to lead the Bulls to a 4-2 victory over the Utah Jazz for an unprecedented fifth NBA Finals MVP. Jordan’s heroics included a game-winning shot at the buzzer in Game #1, a near triple-double in Game #2 (38 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists) and a flu-ridden 38 point-performance in Game #5.
1998 -- Michael Jordan, Chicago
Averaged 33.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists to lead the Bulls to a 4-2 victory over the Utah Jazz for his sixth NBA Finals MVP. Jordan sank the game-winning jump shot in Game #6 to propel the Bulls to victory on the road at the Delta Center.
1999 -- Tim Duncan, San Antonio
Averaged 27.4 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.2 blocks to lead the Spurs to a 4-1 victory over the New York Knicks. Duncan scored 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the fifth game of the NBA Finals on the road in Madison Square Garden to eliminate the Knicks.
2000 -- Shaquille O'Neal, L.A. Lakers
Averaged 38.0 points, 16.7 rebounds and 2.67 blocks to lead the Lakers to a 4-2 victory over the Indiana Pacers and the franchise’s first NBA Championship since 1988. O’Neal’s best Finals performances came at the Staples Center with 43 points, 19 rebounds in Game #1, 40 points, 24 rebounds in Game #2 and 41 points, 12 rebounds in Game #6.
2001 -- Shaquille O'Neal, L.A. Lakers
Averaged 33.0 points, 15.6 rebounds and 3.40 blocks to lead the Lakers to a 4-1victory over the Philadelphia 76ers and the franchise’s second consecutive NBA Championship. O’Neal’s best Finals performances came at the Staples Center with 44 points, 20 rebounds and five assists in Game #1, 28 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists in Game #2 and 34 points, 14 rebounds in Game #4.
2002 -- Shaquille O'Neal, L.A. Lakers
Averaged 36.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.75 blocks to lead the Lakers to a sweep of the New Jersey Nets and the franchise’s third consecutive NBA Championship. O’Neal’s best Finals performances came at the Staples Center with 36 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in Game #1, 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Game #2, 35 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in Game #3.
2003 -- Tim Duncan, San Antonio
Averaged 24.2 points, 17.0 rebounds and 5.3 blocks to lead the Spurs to 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Nets. Duncan scored 21 points and added 20 rebounds, 10 assists and eight blocks in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the SBC Center to eliminate the Nets.
2004 -- Chauncey Billups, Detroit
Averaged 21 points and 5.2 assists to lead the Pistons to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Billups shot 51% from the field and 93% from the foul line for the series.
2005 -- Tim Duncan, San Antonio
Averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Duncan poured in 25 points and 11 boards in the decisive Game 7, locking up his third Finals MVP award.
2006 -- Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Wade's 34.7 scoring average is the third-highest in NBA Finals history. After seeing Miami trail 0-2 to the Dallas Mavericks, Wade scored 42, 36 and 43 points in the next three games, respectively, before Miami won the series in six games.
2007 -- Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
The 6-foot-2 Parker shot an astounding 42-for-74 (.568) from the field and averaged 24.5 points in the Spurs' four-game sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 25-year-old Frenchman became the first European-born NBA Finals MVP.
2008 -- Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Pierce took home the honor after averaging 21.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds in leading the Celtics to their 17th championship.
2009 -- Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
The Lakers' star guard averaged 32.4 points and 7.4 assists a game and played 43.8 minutes a game during the Finals as Los Angeles wrapped up another championship by defeating the Orlando Magic in five games.
2010 -- Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Bryant became the first player since former Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal to win Finals MVP honors in back-to-back seasons. Though his scoring was down from the previous season's Finals (28.6 ppg vs. 32.4 ppg), he was instrumental in the Game 7 win over the Celtics, pulling down 15 rebounds to go with 23 points in L.A.'s 83-79 victory.
2011 -- Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Nowitzki led the Mavericks to their first NBA title in franchise history, averaging 26 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while making 45 of 46 free throws.