The best NBA champions who never won a Finals MVP award

The best NBA champions who never won a Finals MVP award

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The best NBA champions who never won a Finals MVP award

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Bill Russell

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We know what you’re thinking – how did Russell, who won 11 titles with the Celtics, never win the MVP award? Well, it’s because the NBA didn’t start naming an MVP of the Finals until 1969, the final year of Russell’s career. We’re guessing Russell would have won more than few Finals MVPs, an award which is now named after him.

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