No, disagree. I think if the Pistons had Mike James or whoever the backup PG was starting Rasheed wouldn't of been enough firepower.Let's try it this way:
Would you say it's a fair assessment?
Compare Shaq's statline to Billups. Its the best, but not light years better. Lebron was the teams point guard, only guy that can create his own shot except Mozgov and also the power forward for 15-20 minutes a night. He's clearly more valuable to the Cavs than Shaq was to the 04 Lakers. Not to mention his team overachieved in the finals, the 04 Lakers underacheived even when you account for a gimp mail man. I didn't expect Shaq to guard Billups or Rip, but he could of shut down Sheed.Shaq put up 26.6ppg (on .631FG%) / 10.8 / 1.6. Clearly the best stat-line from either teams.
He didn't lead the team in FGA because Kobe Bryant was out of his mind. Shooting under .400FG% in the Finals is unacceptable (see what i did here? ).
It was a losing effort, yes. That's the whole point. And Snaq didn't guard Billups or Rip, obviously. Did Lebron guard Stephen Curry?
There is no "rule." If they're going to only give it to winning teams they should make it a rule. Thats my point.One can say it's not fair, but the rule about the Finals MVP award is that you give it to a player of the winning team, even if said player is not the better player on court.
Same thing about the regular season MVP award, btw, if the most valuable player in the league is on a losing team, he won't get the award. I don't think
Tiny Tim should have won the MVP in 1972-1973 although he had a season for the ages (that will NEVER be replicated) and Dave Cowens ended up winning it with "pedestrian" statline.
Now, one can defend that the "rules" of the NBA Finals MVP should be changed. No problem. But 2015 Lebron James was NOT 1968 Jerry West.