It’s never easy to win an award in the NBA, as even making it to an All-Star Game can be almost impossible for most hoopers in the league.
Let alone making it to the NBA Finals and have the biggest impact for your team to take the Finals MVP award home. Just a handful of players have ever done that.
So, throughout the course of history, there’s only been 10 players that have not only on an All-Star MVP but also multiple Finals MVP. These guys are the finest and most elite ever, and we0ll list them right now:
Finals MVP (1970, 1973), All-Star MVP (1970)
The New York Knicks haven’t been competitive in quite a long time, but back in the day, they were one of the league’s driving force thanks to Willis Reed. 1970 was his best season ever in terms of personal accolades, as he won the All-Star MVP and Finals MVP. He won his second Championship juts three years later.
Finals MVP (1984, 1986), All-Star MVP (1982)
Larry Bird was considered to be the greatest small forward ever before the LeBron James era and truth to be told, he had quite a strong argument. Winner of 3 MVPs and 3 Championships, Larry Legend also won a couple of Finals MVPs and one All-Star MVP.
Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987), All-Star MVP (1990, 1992)
There’s a reason why Magic Johnson is considered to be the greatest point guard in the history of the game. He was a pure entertainer, and that’s what people want to see the most in the All-Star Game, so it’s no surprise to see him win multiple All-Star MVPs. Also, he won 5 NBA Championships with 3 Finals MVPs.
Finals MVP (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998), All-Star MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever, so he was obviously going to be a part of this list. He won Finals MVP in every single one of his NBA Championships, and he proved to be a fierce competitor in the All-Star Game as well, as he never took a play off in this games, regardless of the fact that it was a friendly matchup.
Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005), All-Star MVP (2000)
Tim Duncan may have not been the most entertaining player to watch, but he was by far one of the most productive, efficient, and smart, and that’s why he won 5 NBA Championships with 3 Finals MVPs. He also brought his A-game to the All-Star in 2000, when he won the All-Star Game MVP honors.
Finals MVP (2000, 2001, 2002), All-Star MVP (2000, 2004, 2009)
Shaquille O’Neal was tailor-made for the big state. He lived for those moments, he cherished those moments, and he made sure to deliver when the world was watching. The Finals and the All-Star Game where Shaq-time, and he showed why he was the most dominant big man ever.
Finals MVP (2009, 2010), All-Star MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
After Michael Jordan, the league has never seen a competitor as Kobe Bryant. He was the only one who took the All-Star Game as seriously as the NBA Finals. He holds the record for most All-Star MVPs and now the award will carry on his name and legacy forever.
Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016), All-Star MVP (2006, 2008, 2018)
Obviously, we can’t have a list of elite players without one of the most dominant players this game has ever seen. James took his game to a whole new level in the Finals, and that’s why he was the undisputed MVP. Also, he’s used to winning the All-Star Game, so there’s no wonder why he holds 3 All-Star MVPs to his name.
Finals MVP (2017, 2018), All-Star MVP (2012, 2019)
Kevin Durant is one of the most talented players we’ve ever seen. He had to join the Warriors to win a ring, but he made sure to prove that he wasn’t being carried by anybody. He became the team’s alpha dog, and won a couple of Finals MVPs to go along with his regular-season MVP and All-Star MVP awards.
Finals MVP (2014, 2019), All-Star MVP (2020)
Kawhi Leonard has been a perennial MVP candidate for years but it seems like he doesn’t play enough games to win it. Still, he’s slowly become the best two-way player in the league and it’s not even close. He’s yet to win an MVP, but is already a two-time Finals MVP and All-Star MVP.