Andre Iguodala Won The NBA Finals MVP, But Not By Much — Runner-Up Was LeBron James
The Warriors won the 2015 NBA title in six games, besting the Cavaliers in Cleveland tonight. In a decision that would have been considered downright ridiculous before this series began, Andre Iguodala took home the Finals MVP award. Iggy, the man formerly known as A.I. (but not that A.I., but kinda, as in the next one), didn't start a single game this season until the Finals. His defense and outside shooting were critical to the Warriors turning the tide. (His free throw shooting almost derailed things, but whatever.)
The runner-up was LeBron James, who made a point of saying he didn't want the award if the Cavs lost. The final score, according to the NBA, was seven votes Iguodala, four votes LeBron:
How the MVP votes broke down pic.twitter.com/5sy4zJAEk0
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Think about those ballots. If two votes swing the other way -- say, Jason Lloyd, who covers the Cavs for the Akron Beacon Journal (!), and Ken Berger, who knows as well as anyone what LeBron had to go through to stay healthy/upright in this series -- we would have had an unprecedented awards ceremony. How about if Iguodala and Curry had split the Warriors vote? Would a 4-4 tie have gone to the dude on the winning team, or the one who posted two triple-doubles (and nearly a couple more) in the series? Who would have hashed out that awkwardness?
Thankfully, it didn't come to that. But if you ask Jeff Van Gundy, Zach Lowe, Howard Beck and Steve Aschburner, it should have.
(Of course, almost every vote is close when there are only 11 ballots, but this was still as close to being weird as it will ever be.)
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