NBA Awards: Finals MVP, Year by Year

This is the complete list of winners of the Finals MVP Award, year by year.

Current Finals MVP:

Giannis Antetokounmpo
2021 Finals MVP

NBA Awards: Finals MVP

The Finals Most Valuable Player award was stablished in 1969, 14 years after the first Regular Season MVP. That first Finals MVP trophy went to the hands of Jerry West, who was so good that won the award despite the fact that the Lakers lost those Finals. He was the first and only player selected from the lossing team, after that the award always went to the best player of the winning team.

Some facts: Michael Jordan leads all players with 6 Finals MVPs. LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kawhi Leonard are the only players who won the award with more than one franchise. LeBron is the only one who did it with 3 different teams.

Finals MVP: by Year / by Player / by Team

NBA Champions = NBA Champion that same year

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NBA Finals MVP Year by Year

Season
Player
Team
2020-21 Giannis Antetokounmpo
NBA Champions
Milwaukee Bucks
2019-20 LeBron James
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
2018-19 Kawhi Leonard
NBA Champions
Toronto Raptors
2017-18 Kevin Durant
NBA Champions
Golden State Warriors
2016-17 Kevin Durant
NBA Champions
Golden State Warriors
2015-16 LeBron James
NBA Champions
Cleveland Cavaliers
2014-15 Andre Iguodala
NBA Champions
Golden State Warriors
2013-14 Kawhi Leonard
NBA Champions
San Antonio Spurs
2012-13 LeBron James
NBA Champions
Miami Heat
2011-12 LeBron James
NBA Champions
Miami Heat
2010-11 Dirk Nowitzki
NBA Champions
Dallas Mavericks
2009-10 Kobe Bryant
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
2008-09 Kobe Bryant
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
2007-08 Paul Pierce
NBA Champions
Boston Celtics
2006-07 Tony Parker
NBA Champions
San Antonio Spurs
2005-06 Dwyane Wade
NBA Champions
Miami Heat
2004-05 Tim Duncan
NBA Champions
San Antonio Spurs
2003-04 Chauncey Billups
NBA Champions
Detroit Pistons
2002-03 Tim Duncan
NBA Champions
San Antonio Spurs
2001-02 Shaquille O'Neal
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
2000-01 Shaquille O'Neal
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
1999-00 Shaquille O'Neal
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
1998-99 Tim Duncan
NBA Champions
San Antonio Spurs
1997-98 Michael Jordan
NBA Champions
Chicago Bulls
1996-97 Michael Jordan
NBA Champions
Chicago Bulls
1995-96 Michael Jordan
NBA Champions
Chicago Bulls
1994-95 Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Champions
Houston Rockets
1993-94 Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Champions
Houston Rockets
1992-93 Michael Jordan
NBA Champions
Chicago Bulls
1991-92 Michael Jordan
NBA Champions
Chicago Bulls
1990-91 Michael Jordan
NBA Champions
Chicago Bulls
1989-90 Isiah Thomas
NBA Champions
Detroit Pistons
1988-89 Joe Dumars
NBA Champions
Detroit Pistons
1987-88 James Worthy
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
1986-87 Magic Johnson
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
1985-86 Larry Bird
NBA Champions
Boston Celtics
1984-85 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
1983-84 Larry Bird
NBA Champions
Boston Celtics
1982-83 Moses Malone
NBA Champions
Philadelphia 76ers
1981-82 Magic Johnson
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
1980-81 Cedric Maxwell
NBA Champions
Boston Celtics
1979-80 Magic Johnson
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
1978-79 Dennis Johnson
NBA Champions
Seattle Supersonics
1977-78 Wes Unseld
NBA Champions
Washington Bullets
1976-77 Bill Walton
NBA Champions
Portland Trail Blazers
1975-76 Jo Jo White
NBA Champions
Boston Celtics
1974-75 Rick Barry
NBA Champions
Golden State Warriors
1973-74 John Havlicek
NBA Champions
Boston Celtics
1972-73 Willis Reed
NBA Champions
New York Knicks
1971-72 Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Champions
Los Angeles Lakers
1970-71 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1)
NBA Champions
Milwaukee Bucks
1969-70 Willis Reed
NBA Champions
New York Knicks
1968-69 Jerry West (2) Los Angeles Lakers

(1) When he won the award his name was Lew Alcindor. He changed it to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after the 1970-71 season.
(2) Jerry West was the first Finals MVP and the only one selected from the losing team.