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Michael Jordan And Shaquille O'Neal Are The Only Players To Have Ever Won 3 Straight NBA Finals MVP Awards

Michael Jordan And Shaquille O'Neal Are The Only Players To Have Ever Won 3 Straight NBA Finals MVP Awards

Winning Finals MVP isn't all that easy, no matter how great you are, just ask Stephen Curry! It is the ultimate honor for any player as it crowns them as the biggest reason why their team came out on top in the grandest stage of the sport.

We have seen many incredible performances in the NBA Finals over the years, but two men, in particular, have stamped their authority on that stage in historic fashion. Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal are two of the most dominant forces that the NBA has ever seen, and the two of them accomplished the incredible feat of winning 3 straight Finals MVPs.

Jordan being Jordan, did it twice for good measure, from 1991 to 1993 and from 1996 to 1998. Shaquille O'Neal, meanwhile, did it from 2000-2002. They put up astronomical numbers in those finals as they led their teams to historic three-peats.


Michael Jordan's Finals MVPs

1991 Finals MVP: 31.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 11.4 APG, 2.8 SPG, 1.4 BPG
1992 Finals MVP: 35.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG
1993 Finals MVP: 41.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.7 BPG

1996 Finals MVP: 27.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG
1997 Finals MVP: 32.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.0 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.8 BPG
1998 Finals MVP: 33.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.7 BPG


Shaquille O'Neal's Finals MVPs

2000 Finals MVP: 38.0 PPG, 16.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.7 BPG
2001 Finals MVP: 33.0 PPG, 15.8 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.4 SPG, 3.4 BPG
2002 Finals MVP: 36.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, 2.8 BPG


Those are some phenomenal numbers that were being put up by MJ and Shaq. Jordan's average of 41 PPG against the Suns in 1993 still remains the highest scoring average for a Finals series, while O'Neal's average of 38 PPG in 2000 ranks 4th all time. Shaq's performances during all three of those finals were legendary, and one can only wonder how much more he could have accomplished if he had taken care of his body.

Jordan also has the fascinating what-if of what might have happened if he never retired in 1993 to go play baseball. Could he have wrestled those two titles in 1994 and 1995 from the Rockets and perhaps won 8 titles and 8 Finals MVPs in a row? We'll never know, of course, and despite all of that, we should just appreciate the fact that they achieved this incredible feat as we doubt anyone is going to join them in the near future.