MIAMI — When asked about the NBA’s tight MVP race, Erik Spoelstra shook his head and smiled.
The top four candidates for this season’s MVP award, according to NBA.com’s MVP rankings, are currently: 1. James Harden, 2. Russell Westbrook, 3. Kevin Durant and 4. LeBron James. They were all part of the 2012 NBA Finals matchup between the Heat and Thunder.
“You look back on it to 2012 and you think about the firepower on the floor for both teams at one time in the Finals, that’s why it was so electrifying,” Spoelstra said after Monday’s practice. “That’s why when we were in it, we said this is the fastest, most explosive series that any of us had ever been in. Just the raw level of talent and athleticism and fierceness both ways, it was incredible to be a part of it.”
The Heat won the series 4-1 to claim the NBA championship.
Although it wasn’t a seven-game series, the talent on the floor made it unforgettable. The Heat featured a 30-year-old Dwyane Wade, a 27-year-old Chris Bosh and a 27-year-old James, and the Thunder featured a 22-year-old Serge Ibaka, a 22-year-old Harden, a 23-year-old Westbrook and a 23-year-old Durant.
James was named the Finals MVP, averaging 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game in the series.
How many future Hall of Famers were on the court in the 2012 NBA Finals? A lot.