Originally Posted by fpliii
what case does any of them have over Isiah Thomas or John Havlicek?
i value league mvp/finals mvp combo legends above guys who just won a finals mvp
and its easy to know who was the unofficial finals mvp before the award was givin out by going back and looking at the impact a player had.
mikan, cousy, pettit were all these types of players who were the best players in the league and the best players on championship teams
hondo might never have been the best in the league at any point in his career.
zeke was arguably never even one of the top 5 players in the league at any time of his career
magic,bird,kareem,moses,jordan were all better than him in the mid 80's... and magic/bird/jordan/hakeem/barkley were all better than him in the late 80's and early 90's
mikan may never have won an offical MVP award. but they didnt have the award until around after the time he retired
mikan would have easly won it in 1949,1950 and 1951
he would have easly won finals mvp all 5 times he won the title and made the first team all nba almost every year he played
pettit averaged 26/16 for his career
won a title as the best player (unofficial finals mvp before the award came out )
and was a 2 time league mvp to go along with his 10 first team all nba's
as for cousy
would have won finals mvp atleast 2 times over russell ( when looking at the playoff stats )
10 first team all nba's