I would have no problem if LeBron James gets the MVP of the NBA Finals if the Cleveland Cavaliers lose the series.
What LBJ is doing during these finals is historic.
Thru 5 games in the finals, LeBron is averaging 36 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists per game. That is almost a triple double average folks.
Without him the Cavs WOULD NOT have won a game during these finals. He is willing this team to stay close in each and every game in this series.
I know, I know... It might be blasphemy to be saying this in the hometown of Stephen Curry, but look at Curry's numbers in the finals. He is averaging 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. He is probably the only 1 off the Warriors roster that you can put up against LeBron in this discussion and it's not even close.
If you take LBJ away from the Cavs, they don't win a game. You take Curry from the Warriors, they could still win the finals even though it would be really tough.
Bottom line is, the Warriors are a MUCH BETTER team than the Cavs and because LeBron is with the cast of characters he is with in these finals, it's hard not for him not to look like a MVP because he is doing it all for Cleveland. Leading scorer, point guard, even played center in the last game because the coach wants to match the Warriors with their small ball philosophy.
Has their ever been a MVP of the NBA Finals that lost the championship? Yes! Jerry West did it for the Los Angeles Lakers back in 1969 when he had 42 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists in game 7 versus the Celtics. For the series, West averaged 37 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists per game.
I'm sure the Celtics didn't mind that West got the MVP because they got what everyone plays for... the NBA title and a world championship ring.
46 years later, the same still applies. Curry already got a piece of hardware in the regular season as the league MVP and I'm sure he and his team mates won't mind if LeBron gets the Bill Russell MVP Trophy because they will be getting what everyone plays for... the Larry O'Brien Trophy and a world championship ring.