There has been a lot of focus on the main stars of the series in the NBA finals. NBA fans wanted Steph Curry to explode, expected LeBron James to do so, and were waiting to see what would happen with Draymond and Klay. After winning the championship, many people focused on LeBron’s amazing performance, but failed to realize that Kyrie Irving was the second best player in the finals. Not just on his team, but the entire series.
Who was the 2nd best player in the finals. Think about it.
— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources14) June 21, 2016
Being a stats watcher is a tricky thing in the NBA, but they do help paint the picture.
- Kyrie Irving: 27.1 PTS, 3.9 REB, 3.9 AST, 2.1 STL, .7 BLK, .468 FG%
- Steph Curry: 22.6 PTS, 4.9 REB, 3.7 STL, .9 STL, .7 BLK, .403 FG%
- Klay Thompson: 19.6 PTS, 3.0 REB, 1.9 AST, 1.0 STL, .6 BLK, .426 FG%
- Draymond Green: 16.5 PTS, 10.3 REB, 6.3 AST, 1.7 STL, 1.0 BLK, .486 FG%
Based on stats alone, Kyrie and Draymond are competing for the second spot, leaving Steph and Klay in the dust. When you factor in stats when it mattered, the case remains the same. However, in the last three games of the NBA finals, Kyrie was the perfect robin to Batman. Kyrie hasn’t been talked about simply because LeBron had an all-time great performance. Notice how I didn’t bother mentioning a debate for first spot? That’s because you shouldn’t be allowed to talk basketball if you think anyone out played LeBron. However, Kyrie was a dominant second punch for the winning games of the series.
Not to mention, Kyrie had the series winning shot and he didn’t punch anyone in the testicles.