17. Rick Barry (1975)
Team: Golden State Warriors
Opponent: Washington Bullets
Result: Warriors over Bullets, 4-0
Finals stats: 29.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 3.5 SPG
Barry fueled the Warriors' four game sweep of the Bullets, leading both teams in scoring and helping his underdog Warriors stun the basketball world. Barry's composure in Game 4 despite getting physically assaulted by the Bullets' defense and losing his coach to an ejection helped the Warriors complete their victory on the road in front of a hostile Washington crowd. The Warriors ended up taking the series by a cumulative total of 16 points—by far the lowest in NBA Finals history—further underscoring the importance of every single one of Barry's baskets. He was his team's only big scoring threat, and by playing his best when they needed him most he justly deserved the MVP trophy.