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So LeBron just won the title, the NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP. Who else has done that? I know that generally the NBA Finals MVP belongs to the team that won the title, but I believe there was an instance where that didn't happen.

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This is actually a fairly-common occurrence over the history of the NBA, it just hasn't happened recently:

  • Willis Reed (NYK) - 1970
  • Lew Alcindor {Kareem Abdul-Jabbar} (MIL) - 1971
  • Moses Malone (PHI) - 1983
  • Larry Bird (BOS) - 1984
  • Larry Bird (BOS) - 1986
  • Magic Johnson (LAL) - 1987
  • Michael Jordan (CHI) - 1991
  • Michael Jordan (CHI) - 1992
  • Hakeem Olajuwon (HOU) - 1994
  • Michael Jordan (CHI) - 1996
  • Michael Jordan (CHI) - 1998
  • Shaquille O'Neal (LAL) - 2000
  • Tim Duncan (SAS) - 2003
  • LeBron James (MIA) - 2012

Jerry West, by the way, was the only NBA Finals MVP from the losing team. That was the first Finals MVP awarded back in 1969.

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A few minutes with two tabs open on Wikipedia? shrugs – Ben Dyer Jul 26 '12 at 18:50
see my edit.... – wax eagle Jul 26 '12 at 18:53

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