The NBA Finals MVP Award is an annual award given to the best player in the NBA Finals series decided by votes cast by a defined number of media members.
In 2009, then NBA commissioner David Stern renamed the award to "Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award", in honour of 11-time Champion and Boston Celtics' Hall of Famer Bill Russell.
The award was first given out in 1969 when Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers received the honour. To date, West is the only player from the losing side to have received the Finals MVP award.
Michael Jordan holds the record for the most Finals MVP awards with six to his name, all with the Chicago Bulls.
Behind Jordan are four players who have been named the Finals MVP three times: Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, and LeBron James.
Here's a list of all the players to win multiple Finals MVP awards:
|Michael Jordan||Chicago Bulls||6||1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998|
|Magic Johnson||Los Angeles Lakers||3||1980, 1982, 1987|
|Shaquille O'Neal||Los Angeles Lakers||3||2000, 2001, 2002|
|Tim Duncan||San Antonio Spurs||3||1999, 2003, 2005|
|LeBron James||Miami Heat (2), Cleveland Cavaliers||3||2012, 2013, 2016|
|Willis Reed||New York Knicks||2||1970, 1973|
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers||2||1971, 1985|
|Larry Bird||Boston Celtics||2||1984, 1986|
|Hakeem Olajuwon||Houston Rockets||2||1994, 1995|
|Kobe Bryant||Los Angeles Lakers||2||2009, 2010|
|Kevin Durant||Golden State Warriors||2||2017, 2018|
|Kawhi Leonard||San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors||2||2014, 2019|
While Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal are the only players in NBA history to have received the award three years in a row, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kawhi Leonard are the only players to receive the award while representing two different teams.