Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was named MVP of the NBA Finals following the Warriors’ 105-97 series clinching win late Tuesday night. Which on the surface might come off as a surprise to many who thought the award would go to regular-season MVP Stephen Curry. But once you take a deeper look into how the series played out you realize that Iguodala was without a doubt the 2015 NBA Finals MVP. Making him the first player to receive the award who didn’t start every game. Prior to this magical season he started 758 consecutive games until this season in which he remained as a reserve until Game 4 of the Finals, when he replaced center Andrew Bogut in the starting five. After the change in the starting lineup the Warriors’ would go on to win three consecutive games on their way to capturing the Larry O’Brien trophy. While Iguodala posted series averages of 16.3 points, 4 assist, and 5.8 rebounds you could make the point that his defense is what had a bigger impact on the direction of the series. He was tasked with the job of guarding the best player on the planet who goes by the name of LeBron James and did as a good a job as anyone could ask for. When he was on the floor James shot a subpar 38.1 % from the field. Yes it takes more than one guy to stop the greatness of LeBron James but Andre made him work for every shot he took and at the end of the day got the job done! Check out The Finals MVP trophy presentation in the video below!
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