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Predicting the NBA Finals MVP If the San Antonio Spurs Win the Title

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 27:  Tim Duncan #21 and Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate a basket by Duncan in the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the FedExForum on May 27, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Andy HuSenior Writer IIJune 6, 2013

If the San Antonio Spurs win the title, there could possibly be a handful players who could snatch the Finals MVP award. Tim Duncan was named the Finals MVP for three of the four championships that his Spurs have won, while the fourth championship awarded Finals MVP to Tony Parker.

In 2013, Duncan's game has been rejuvenated and Parker is playing the best basketball of his career. If the Spurs win the series, the Finals MVP will be most likely handed out to either Duncan or Parker.

However, there are other players on the team who have an equal opportunity of making the biggest impact against the Miami Heat.

 

Kawhi Leonard

 

Leonard may not win the Finals MVP this year, but he is unquestionably the most important player in this series.

He will be the best player that the Spurs can throw at LeBron James and how well he can defend him will determine the outcome of this series. Leonard stated that he was ready for the challenge (via NBA.com) and that he wasn't rattled or frightened one bit with this opportunity.

If both Duncan and Parker don't have any great performances in the Finals, Leonard may be in the running for the award. But it's hard to see the Spurs actually winning the series if Duncan and Parker don't play at an MVP level.

 

Manu Ginobili

 

Ginobili is only averaging 11.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 5.4 APG in this postseason campaign, but he has shown throughout the years that he can step up in big moments when he's needed the most.

He will be the X-factor in this series, because he can come in off the bench at any moment and give his team a spark. When Ginobili is at the top of his game, he's as difficult to guard as any other superstar in the league.

Ginobili could very well be the best player in this series and perform better than either Duncan or Parker. He could step up when the defense is honing in on the two aforementioned superstars and play at a superstar level himself.

 

The Finals MVP

 

If the Spurs win the title this year over the Heat, it will probably have to take a huge effort from the man that won the Finals MVP six years ago—Tony Parker.

While Duncan was aging gracefully, he's still not as quick or fluid as he once was. By the time he won his fourth championship, it was Parker who ultimately carried the Spurs to a sweep of the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers. He was just 25 years old at the time, and his ceiling was still limitless.

Now, at 31 years of age, Parker has fully hit his potential and he's playing the best basketball of his career.

During the regular season, Parker averaged his second-highest field goal percentage (52 percent), points per game (20.3), assists per game (7.6) and PER (23.0) of his career (per Basketball Reference).

He has the best matchup advantage against the Heat, because it would primarily be Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole defending him throughout the series. Although they are both good defenders, Parker is an even greater offensive talent. It would have take a complete team effort to stop him.

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