Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Opponent: Baltimore Bullets
Result: Bucks over Bullets, 4-0
Finals stats: 27.0 PPG, 18.5 RPG, 2.8 APG
In just his second year in the league, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then-Lew Alcindor) was already proving that he was going to be one of the great players of his generation. In the Finals, he manhandled the much shorter Wes Unseld under the basket and made the Bullets' lives miserable on offense, holding Baltimore to under 40 percent shooting in three of the four games.
Jabbar had a huge Game 1, scoring 31 points despite battling first-half foul trouble and pacing his team to a key win. He was even better in Game 2, registering a triple-double with 49 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, then followed that up with 23 points and 21 boards in Game 3 and another 27 points in Game 4. Even though his performance was overshadowed by teammate Oscar Robertson winning his first title, Kareem deservedly earned his first of two MVP awards.