The NBA Finals very well may end tonight, and if they do, the conversation is instantly going to turn to which Lakers star will win Finals MVP: LeBron James, or Anthony Davis?
Many Lakers fans and commenters on this website alike have asked me if a tie is possible, and it is, at least in theory. I reached out to the league, and was told that most years there is an 11-person voting panel for Finals MVP. They are still finalizing the panel for this season, but it will once again be an odd number, which means a tie could only happen if three candidates were voted for, such as if James and Davis each got five votes, and someone else (KCP?) got one, if there were still 11.
Given the unlikelihood of that outcome, it’s probable that whether it’s tonight or another day, there will be a single NBA Finals MVP. We asked our SB Nation Reacts voters, and most of them think it will be James, with other votes for Davis and Jimmy Butler:
I personally would vote Davis for Finals MVP, but James was the Lakers’ best player for the majority of the year, and is clearly the key to unlocking this level of play from Davis. He would be a deserving Finals MVP if the Lakers win, as things stand right now.
Those same voters were also asked if they thought the Finals would have been different if the Heat were healthy. The majority of NBA fans don’t seem to think so, with less than half thinking that Bam Adebayo playing the whole series and Goran Dragic not getting hurt would have made a difference.
Ultimately, all of this is premature, because the job’s not finished. But if and when it is, it’s hard to argue with these results being the most realistic ones.
Do you agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to sign up for SB Nation Reacts to vote next time around.