Ranking Every NBA Finals MVP

43. Willis Reed (1973)

Team: New York Knicks
Opponent: Los Angeles Lakers
Result: Knicks over Lakers, 4-1
Finals stats: 16.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.6 APG

While certainly lesser known than his memorable 1970 campaign, Willis Reed's Finals MVP-winning performance in 1973 was still an impressive display of basketball. The Knicks' icon was a key cog in what was likely the best Knicks team of all-time, doing the dirty work down in the paint for a team that had their top five players all average within three points of each other. Reed provided clutch scoring for his team throughout the series, particularly in Games 3, 4, and 5 where he chipped in with 22, 21, and 18 points, respectively. This would prove to be Willis' last stand, as he played in just 19 games the following season due to recurring knee problems before retiring.

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