The NBA Finals are over, and there’s no argument about whether the Warriors were the best team in the league this season. But in the wake of Golden State’s Andre Iguodala being named Finals MVP, there was quite a bit of disagreement Tuesday night and into the early hours Wednesday over whether he, or the Cavaliers’ LeBron James, should have won the award.
Iguodala is being given credit for his defense on James, and the trump card for many, of course, was the fact that his team actually won the title. However, there is precedent — Jerry West in 1969 — for a player on the losing team being named Finals MVP.
On the other hand, that was the first time the award was ever handed out, so perhaps it just took a year for voters to fine-tune the process. Nevertheless, the 11 media members who made up this year’s official voting panel only gave Iguodala three more votes than they gave James.
The selection of the Warriors’ swingman caused plenty of disagreement (surprise, surprise) on Twitter. Some thought it was the right choice, while some felt that James had done more than enough to get the award. And some wondered, Hey, no love for Steph Curry?
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