Kobe Bryant is the 2010 NBA Finals MVP for a Reason

June 22nd, 2010 by Jacob Wilson Leave a reply »

Los Angeles Laker guard Kobe Bryant won his second straight NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award after averaging 28.6 points, eight rebounds, and almost four assists in the Lakers’ series win over the Boston Celtics.

The award is certainly not without controversy. First of all, after shooting 40 percent for the series, Bryant’s performance was not his most valuable finals performance. In 2009, Bryant averaged 32.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 7.4 assists against the Orlando Magic.

Bryant was not at his best in this series and it was certainly not his best NBA Finals. But except for the 2008 Celtics and the 2004 Detroit Pistons, whom Bryant faced with a depleted Lakers squad, these 2010 Celtics are the toughest team he’s played in an NBA Finals.

Despite his less than great performance, Bryant won the award for three key reasons. One, he is the best player on his team, if not the world. Without him, the Lakers aren’t in the finals and without him, they don’t win.

The second reason: by default. No one on either team did any better. Pau Gasol had a great series and both Ron Artest and Derek Fisher ...

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