Goat: Karl Malone
Game: Game 1, 1997 NBA Finals
Date: 6/1/1997

The 1997 MVP ballot (986-957) was the closest race in the award's history, but it was obvious why Karl Malone won. The voters got tired of giving it to Michael Jordan. The two would meet in that year's Finals and Malone all but demanded a recount. At the line, nine seconds remaining, with a chance to give Utah the lead and steal home court advantage, he missed two free throws. Then Michael did that thing he does and so began a pattern of Skechers Finals performances for 'ol Karl. Whoops. Sketchy.