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7 Most Dominant NBA Finals MVPs of All Time

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors speaks with the media following his teams victory over the Golden State Warriors to winGame Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors dusted the Golden State Warriors in six games to bring Canada their first NBA championship. Leonard was named Finals MVP after having one of the great Finals performances in recent memory. With his legendary performance earning him his second Finals MVP, Kawhi joins these six individuals as the authors of the best finals performances in NBA history.

7. Kevin Durant, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 25:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks to drive on Jeff Green #32 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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In his first season as a Warrior, Durant let the world know that he is as lethal as they come when the pressure is on. KD averaged 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists over the course of the Warriors five game sweep of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1971

Hall of Famer Wes Unseld and the Baltimore Bullets looked like a tough matchup coming into the 1971 Finals, but a Milwaukee Bucks team led by Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson swept them aside in four games. Kareem himself was unstoppable, averaging 27.0 points and 18.5 rebounds over the course of the four-game sweep.

5. Kawhi Leonard, 2019

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors is awarded the MVP after his team defeated the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six | Ezra Shaw

Let's call it what it is. Kawhi Leonard was all-time great in that series, KD or no KD. With 28.5 points, 9.8 boards, and 4.2 assists while playing his usual stellar one-on-one defense, Leonard led a team without a second superstar past the Warriors dynasty. Board man got another ring.

4. Hakeem Olajuwan, 1995

Hakeem was just on another level in this series. In the two years the Rockets ruled the league following Michael Jordan's retirement, Olajuwan and Houston looked like they were playing at a different speed than everyone else. 32.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists in a four game series would have bee dominant enough, but Olajuwan's two steals and two blocks per game vaults him to No. 4 on the list.

3. LeBron James, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (L) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors Andre Iguodala during the fourth quarter in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California.
Powered by an amazing effort from LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, dethroning defending champion Golden State 93-89 to capture their first NBA title. The Cavaliers won the best-of-seven series 4-3 to claim the first league crown in their 46-season history and deliver the first major sports champion to Cleveland since the 1964 NFL Browns, ending the longest such title drought for any American city.
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Not only did LeBron bring a championship to his hometown, but he did so with one of the most dominant performances in basketball history. Hear nearly averaged a triple double, putting up 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game to go along with over 2 steals and blocks per game.

2. Shaquille O'Neal, 2000

Anytime some 14-year-old tries to convince you that Draymond Green or anyone today could have limited Shaquille O'Neal, just show them his Finals performance against the Indiana Pacers in 2000. 38 points per game, 16.7 rebounds per game, and 2.7 blocks per game. No player his size had Shaq's power inside, and no one has come close to matching him since.

1. Michael Jordan, 1993

Jordan against the Suns before he retired the first time is the greatest Finals performance in history, and there isn't really a close second. Jordan AVERAGED 41 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game, with his best coming in a 55-point barrage in Game 4. Simply put, it's the single most dominant postseason performance in the history of the sport.