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Toronto Raptors Win First Championship, Kawhi Named Finals MVP

To the surprise of no one, Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2019 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP. It’s the second time in his eight-year career that he was received the honor and now joins some elite company.

Namely, Kawhi now joins LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only three players to win the award with different times. A pretty impressive feat and pretty illustrious company to be a part of. Addtionally, with his performances throughout these playoffs, Kawhi is third all-time, only behind Michael Jordan and LeBron James, in most playoff points scored in a single season. Not too shabby for a guy who only played 9 games last season due to injury and who spent most of the year getting accustomed to his new team and new surroundings.

Kawhi came up clutch last night, posting 22 points, six rebounds and three assists in the 114-110 closeout win or the Raptors and was flat-out dominant throughout the whole series, averaging 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.2 steals.

The accomplishments don’t end there. Leonard also becomes the 12thplayer in NBA history to win two or more Finals MVP awards overall in their career. Of the 11 previous players on that list, seven of them are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Leonard also become the fourth player to win Finals MVP awards in his first season with a team, joining Magic Johnson (1979-80), Moses Malone (1982-83), and Kevin Durant (2016-17).

The awards and accomplishments speak for themselves, one just runs out of superlatives.

Thank you for everything Kawhi…now PLEASE RE-SIGN!

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