One of the most interesting storylines associated with any NBA Finals is who will get their hands on the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP trophy.
Winning Finals MVP can cement a player’s legacy as an all-time great and contains an elite company of names such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
One name that is missing from that prestigious list is two-time MVP and three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry. Curry was overlooked in favour of Andre Iguodala in 2015 and Durant twice in 2017 and 2018 and it is the only major accomplishment missing from his list of personal honours.
He is one of a number of contenders from this year’s edition of the Finals will feature two of the most popular franchises globally in the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.
For the Warriors, they will be competing in their sixth NBA Finals in eight seasons having made a valiant return to the Playoffs this season. Steve Kerr’s team have overcome the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks during the Western Conference Playoffs but this will be their biggest test to date.
They face a Celtics team that have run the gauntlet in the Eastern Conference, defeating Kevin Durant’s Brooklyn Nets, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks and Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat. Coming past all three superstar players back-to-back will give this team extreme confidence as they run into Curry’s Warriors.
Jayson Tatum has been the standout player for the Celtics along the way and will be looking to become Finals MVP in just his fifth season in the NBA. Only eight players have ever won NBA Finals MVP under the age of 25 — Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Dennis Johnson, Dwyane Wade and Tony Parker.
There are a number of NBA betting sites that have already released odds on who will potentially win Finals MVP in this upcoming series. One of those is SportsBetting.ag, who have placed Curry as the current favourite to win the award at -115.
If the Warriors are to win the NBA title this year then the 34-year-old will have to play a pivotal role. He is currently averaging 25.9 points, 6.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game throughout the Playoffs so far, whilst also averaging a career low 33.6 minutes per game after coming off the bench.
As for Tatum, he is averaging 27.0 points, 5.9 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game and has established himself as a top 10 player in The NBA in the eyes of many. Below, we have listed the full odds given by SportsBetting.ag for NBA Finals MVP.
Full 2022 NBA Finals MVP Odds
- Stephen Curry -115
- Jayson Tatum +140
- Jaylen Brown +1000
- Klay Thompson +1200
- Draymond Green +2200
- Jordan Poole +2200
- Andrew Wiggins +2500
- Marcus Smart +4000
- Al Horford +5000
- Derrick White +20000
- Kevon Looney +20000
- Robert Williams +20000
- Gary Payton II +30000
- Grant Williams +30000
- Moses Moody +50000
- Nemanja Bjelica +50000