The sound of the buzzer echoes through the arena, the referees blow their whistle and the clock starts to count down. It's game seven of the NBA Finals. Are you ready to give it all you've got? It's time to leave your blood, sweat and tears on the court! OK, never mind the blood. But bring on the sweat and tears. It's time to see how well you know these NBA Finals Most Valuable Players!
Since the 1969 NBA Finals, a Most Valuable Player award has been given to the player who left it all out on the court. The player is selected by a panel of 11 members of the media who cast their vote after the series is over. From Shaquille O'Neal to Kobe Bryant, and Jerry West to Larry Bird, no player in the league has won the honor more than the legend himself, Michael Jordan. In each of his six championship series, he was voted MVP each and every time! So now we want to know, can you name the others?
Get your sweatband on and your laces tied up. We're putting you to the test with this ultimate NBA Finals MVP quiz! Good luck, and remember, the team may win, but there can only be one MVP!
Regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan is a six-time NBA Finals MVP! He won the award in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998.
Larry Bird is a three-time NBA champion, and two-time Finals MVP. He played for the Boston Celtics from 1979 - 1992, and later coached the Indiana Pacers from 1997 - 2000.
Magic Johnson played with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979 - 1991, and again in 1996. He was named NBA Finals MVP in 1980, 1982 and 1987. He later coached the Lakers in 1994 and today serves as the President of Basketball Operations for the team.
Although he is still active, LeBron James is already considered one of the greatest basketball player of all time. He is a three-time NBA champion and each of those times was named Finals MVP.
Did you know that Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers? He won five championships with the Lakers and was named Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010.
Nicknamed DJ, Dennis Johnson played in the NBA from 1976 - 1990 with the SuperSonics, Suns and Celtics. He was named Finals MVP in 1979 and ended his career with a total of 15,535 points.
At 7 feet, 1 inch tall, Shaquille O'Neal played for six different teams throughout his 19-year career. He is a four-time NBA champion, winning Finals MVP three of those times.
Tim Duncan played his entire 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs. He is a five-time NBA champion, three-time Finals MVP and two-time League MVP.
Wilt Chamberlain began his career as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters in 1958. He later played for the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakes with which he was named Finals MVP in 1972.
Paul Pierce spent the first 15 years of his 19-year career with the Boston Celtics. In 2008, he not only won the NBA championship with the team, but was also named Finals MVP. He retired in 2017 with a career total of 26,397 points.
Chauncey Billups played 17 seasons in the NBA. Throughout his career, he played with seven different teams, winning the championship and Finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
Rick Barry is best known for his underhand free throw shooting technique. In 1975, he won the NBA championship and Finals MVP award with the Golden State Warriors, and in 1996, hewas named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.
Hakeem Olajuwon was selected as the first overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. He played with the Rockets until 2001, winning two championships and earning the title of Finals MVP both times.
A shooting guard and small forward, Andre Iguodala currently plays for the Golden State Warriors. He has won the NBA championship with the Warriors three times, and was named Finals MVP in 2015, his first championship season.
Isiah Thomas played his entire 13-year career with the Detroit Pistons. With NBA championships in 1989 and 1990, Thomas earned the Finals MVP award in 1990. He finished his career in 1994 with 18,822 points.
Born in Kinston, North Carolina, Cedric Maxwell was nicknamed Cornbread. He grew up to play 11 seasons in the NBA and won two championships with the Boston Celtics, in 1981 and 1984. He was named NBA Finals MVP in 1981 and his No. 31 was retired by the Celtics.
Bill Walton was named Finals MVP in 1977, the year he won the NBA championship with the Portland Trail Blazers. He would later win the championship with the Boston Celtics in 1986.
Dwyane Wade has been a part of three championship teams. He won in 2006, 2012 and 2013 - the first of which was the sweetest. That's when he was named Finals MVP.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. in New York City in 1947. He played 20 seasons in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. He won six NBA championships and two Finals MVP awards during his career.
Kevin Durant began his career with the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007. He later won back-to-back NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors in 2016 and 2017. He was named Finals MVP both times.
Willis Reed was the eighth overall pick of the 1964 NBA draft. He played his entire 10-year career with the New York Knicks, winning championships in 1970 and 1973 and earning the title of Finals MVP both times.
James Worthy was the first overall pick of the 1982 NBA draft. He was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with whom he won three championships in 1985, 1987 and 1988. He was named Finals MVP in 1988.
Joe Dumars played his entire career with the Detroit Pistons as both a shooting guard and point guard. He helped lead the Pistons to consecutive championships in 1989 and 1990, being named Finals MVP in 1989! His No. 4 was retired by the Pistons.
John Havlicek was drafted by both the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Browns (yes, NFL!) in 1962? He chose to make basketball his career and helped lead the Celtics to eight championships between 1962 and 1978. He was named Finals MVP in 1974.
Moses Malone had a 21-year career in both the ABA and NBA. Standing 6 feet, 10 inches tall, he won the NBA championship with the 76ers in 1983, earning the coveted award of Finals MVP.
Kawhi Leonard was the 15th overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft. He helped lead the San Antonio Spurs to their championship in 2014 and was named MVP of the Finals series.
William Anthony Parker Jr. played professional basketball in France before he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in 2001. He helped the Spurs win four championships in just 11 years. He was named Finals MVP in 2007 and is now a member of the Charlotte Hornets.
Jerry West was a point guard and shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960 - 1974. He helped lead the team to a championship in 1972, but that wasn't the year of his MVP honor. He received that in 1969, the year in which the Lakers played and lost the championship to the Boston Celtics.
Jo Jo White won two championships with the Boston Celtics - one in 1974 and the other in 1976. He was named MVP in 1976 and his No. 10 was later retired by the Boston Celtics. His No. 15 was also retired by the University of Kansas.
Wes Unseld played his entire 20-year career with the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets. In 1978, he won the NBA championship with the Bullets and was also named Finals MVP. He later became the head coach of the Bullets from 1988 - 1994.
Dirk Nowitzki was the ninth overall pick of the 1998 NBA draft. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks but was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks with which he won the title championship in 2011, the same year he was named Finals MVP.