NBA Finals All-Game 6 team: MJ, LeBron and Giannis cant be stopped

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

Players from the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors will try to add their names to the list of great performances in NBA Finals history. And as the NBA concludes its 75th anniversary season, it’s an ideal time to look back on the best individual efforts we’ve ever seen in the league’s championship round.

We’ll be doing so on a game-by-game basis throughout the 2022 Finals, choosing a six-player team — all five positions plus a sixth man — from each game during the series (Game 1s, Game 2s and so on).

There’s no specific formula for what constitutes Finals greatness, though I will be leaning on the game score metric developed by John Hollinger for games it’s available from Basketball-Reference.com since player turnovers were first tracked in the 1977-78 season.

The all-time great Game 6s feature Michael Jordan’s final game in a Chicago Bulls uniform, Isiah Thomas gritting through injury, Bill Walton putting together one of the great all-around performances in Finals history and Magic Johnson jumping center. Let’s take a look back.

Point guard: Isiah Thomas | 1988 Pistons vs. Lakers

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