LeBron James NBA Finals history has been well documented over LBJ’s 13-year career. James has played in seven NBA Finals, winning three Larry O’Bren trophies and three MVPs. Here’s how his Finals teams stack up against each other from best to worst.
1. 2015-2016 Cleveland Cavaliers
Why is LeBron James most recent championship team the best? History, folks. History. No team had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the title…until the Cavaliers accomplished the fete by defeating the 73-win Golden State Warriors and MVP Stephen Curry.
James and the Cavaliers were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern conference, but while there was nothing historic about their regular season, this team cemented itself as James’ best team when mattered most–in The Finals.
The last three games James played this season saw stat lines of 41 points in Game 5, 41 points in Game 6 and a triple-double in Game 7.
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Kyrie Irving quieted doubters and showed why the Cavs didn’t hesitate to give him a five-year max contract two offseasons ago. His handles are unwordly, and his offense really put pressure on Stephen Curry defensively–and that bothered the two-time MVP as Curry racked up foul trouble while infamously fouling out of Game 6.
And it was Irving’s 3-pointer who sealed the Cavs championship fate.
Tristan Thompson earned every bit of the $85 million contract he signed just before the season. Thompson was rebounding maven, giving the Cavs countless extra possessions.
And while Kevin Love didn’t matchup well against the Warriors, he reminded us of his value in Game 7 by pounding the offensive glass. He had nine points and 14 total rebounds in Game 7’s championship effort.
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