CLEVELAND — Golden State forward Andre Iguodala was named MVP of the NBA Finals following the Warriors’ 105-97 clinching winTuesday night, becoming the first player to garner the honor without starting every game.
It also marks the first time that the Finals MVP has been on the same team as the regular-season MVP (Stephen Curry) since Magic Johnson claimed the Finals honor in 1980 while playing on a Los Angeles Lakers squad with regular-season MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“This has been a long ride,” Iguodala said. “It’s been a great season.”
Before this season, Iguodala had started 758 consecutive games. This season, he remained in a reserve role until Game 4 of the Finals, when he was substituted into the starting lineup for center Andrew Bogut.
The Warriors then won each of the final three games of the series, overcoming the Cleveland Cavaliersin Game 6 to take the title.