NBA Finals MVP ladder rankings: Which Boston Celtics player will take the crown?

The Boston Celtics are up 2-0 in the series against the Dallas Mavericks. The question needs to be asked: which Celtic will add some new hardware to their collection?
2024 NBA Finals - Game Two
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No. 5: Luka Doncic

There is a small chance, Mavs superstar, Luka Doncic can lead his team to an unbelievable comeback in the NBA Finals. If the MVP candidate does, then with his numbers there is a great chance for him to get the moniker. In two games, he averages 31 points, 10.5 rebounds, and six assists on 51% from the field and 38% from three.

Two major wrinkles in his game are the careless turnovers and putrid shooting from the foul line. Doncic is averaging six turnovers a contest and shooting 46% from the stripe. Also, he has been the victim of getting blown by on defense consistently.

No. 4: Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis made a tremendous return in Game 1 of the NBA finals with 20 points, six rebounds, and three blocks off the bench. We are seeing everything from KP: scoring at all three levels, blocking shots, and securing the defensive board. The concern is he may have re-aggravated his calf injury in Game 2 and it may keep him from rising on the list.

Through two games the big man is averaging 16 points, five boards, and 2.5 blocks on 59% shooting and 100% from the line. Whether Porzingis starts or comes off the bench, he makes an invaluable impact on the floor deterring paint drives and stretching out the defense.

The Mavs have no answer for the Unicorn other than to hope he's hurt.

No. 3: Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum is becoming one of the most polarizing players in the NBA. Anytime, he struggles in one area, fans and media pundits will disregard his impact in other areas. Currently, the wing is doing everything but scoring efficiently for the C's. If those percentages jump up in the next two games, then JT may find himself with the Finals MVP.

Tatum sits with the top odds at +110 (as of this writing) to win the Finals MVP amidst his shooting woes. Vegas odds mean nothing if those with a vote do not see things the same way. The forward is averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 8.5 assists with 4.5 turnovers on 32% shooting overall and a horrid 29% from three. Unless he cuts down the turnovers and ups his efficiency, allegations of him underperforming in the NBA Finals will stay undefeated.

No. 2: Jaylen Brown

Who has his name on some of the biggest moments in the NBA Finals? If you guessed Jaylen Brown, then you guessed correctly. The superstar wing is leading the Cs in scoring while picking up some of the biggest defensive assignments of the series. Whether it is delivering a poster dunk, shifty crossover, his leadership when he is mic'd up, or even shutting down Kyrie in an isolation matchup, he's done it all.

Brown is averaging 21.5 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists, three steals, and 1.5 blocks per game on 55% shooting overall. The six turnovers last game are keeping him from taking the number one spot. Some more well rounded outings on both ends can cement his chances for the Finals MVP.

No. 1: Jrue Holiday

The former NBA champion and All-Defensive guard, Jrue Holiday has stepped up tremendously on both ends to earn the top spot in our rankings. Trying to contain Kyrie Irving may be one of the toughest assignments any guard can have in the league. The point guard has outplayed Uncle Drew on both ends. That's why he is No. 1.

Holiday is averaging 19 points, 9.5 rebounds, and four assists through two games on an absurd 65% shooting which includes 44% from beyond the arc and perfect from the stripe. Meanwhile, Kyrie has been taken out of the series averaging 14 points on 35% shooting. The expectation was that Holiday would make it tough on the star guard, not completely lock him up, and throw away the key.