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After the Warriors closed out the Cavs 105-97 to win the title last night, Bill Russell appeared on stage to present the NBA Finals MVP trophy (that's named after him) to Andre Iguodala.


The 81-year old Russell appeared to need help walking and may not be able to do this much longer, but he clearly relished the moment.

Iguodala was a very unlikely MVP, becoming the first player ever to take home the honors without starting every game--he never even started a single time all season until Game 4 of the Finals.


How deserving Iguodala was of the award is up for debate:


Take a look at each players' averages over the six games:

LeBron James: 45.8 minutes, 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists
Stephen Curry: 42.5 minutes, 26.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists
Andre Iguodala: 37.1 minutes, 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists

LeBron didn't win MVP because his team lost.  Curry didn't win it because he was the regular season MVP who was clearly less valuable than LeBron.  Iggy won it for being the surprise player who stepped up.



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Mark Van Deusen 6/17/2015 12:12:00 PM Edit
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