Jun 18 2013 9:03AM

The Finals MVP Finalists

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Been there. Done that. Back again.

When it comes to championship experience, the NBA has not had a Finals like Spurs-Heat since the 1980s when Magic's Lakers and Bird's Celtics tangled with each other for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

You'd have to go back to 1985 before you'd see tag-teams of active Finals MVPs on the floor at various times--from Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Larry Bird and Cornbread Maxwell--all trying to will their teams to an NBA championship with various other Hall-of-Fame teammates on the floor.

We're seeing the same thing today in the form of his historic San Antonio-Miami NBA Finals.

Four-time NBA champion Tim Duncan has won three Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Awards.

One-time champ LeBron James, two-time champ Dwyane Wade and three-time champ Tony Parker each have one Finals MVP.

And all of them are engaged as ever in their quest for yet another NBA title, as are one-time champs Chris Bosh and Ray Allen, along with two young studs making their Finals debuts, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard.

All eight men are not only having a good Finals experience, they all have become legit candidates for the 2013 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award.

I know we still have one or two games to play in this series, but these eight are the giants most likely to generate Finals MVP talk when the NBA finally crowns a champion this week.


RAY ALLEN, Heat shooting guard, 26.2 mpg, 13.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 83 BP, .634 BPA, 19.88 PER, +18

CHRIS BOSH, Heat center, 34.8 mpg, 14.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.60 bpg, 104 BP, .591 BPA, 22.93 PER, -8

TIM DUNCAN, Spurs center, 33.4 mpg, 15.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.80 bpg, 117 BP, .701 BPA, 20.05 PER, +11

DANNY GREEN, Spurs shooting guard, 34.0 mpg, 18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.60 bpg, 117 BP, .688 BPA, 23.73 PER, +/18

LeBRON JAMES, Heat power forward, 41.4 mpg, 21.6 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 6.8 apg, 138 BP, .667 BPA, 24.92 PER, -7

KAWHI LEONARD, Spurs forward, 32.6 mpg, 12.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.00 spg, 108 BP, .663 BPA, 20.78 PER, +10

TONY PARKER, Spurs point guard, 33.6 mpg, 16.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 6.6 apg, 83 BP, .494 BPA, 18.37 PER, +2

DWYANE WADE, Heat shooting guard, 36.0 mpg, 20.0 ppg, 5.4 apg, 2.40 spg, 61 BP, .339 BPA, 23.92 PER, -37

GLOSSARY. mpg: minutes per game; ppg: points per game; rpg: rebounds per game; apg: assists per game; spg: steals per game; bpg: blocks per game; BP: BoxPlus; BPA: BoxPlus Average; PER: Player Efficiency Rating; +/-: plus-minus score.

SOURCES: Basketball-Reference; RealGM.