Just two NBA Finals MVPs who are eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame haven’t been selected for induction:
Cedric Maxwell (1981 Celtics)Chauncey Billups (2004 Pistons)
Andre Iguodala (2015 Warriors) could join them, but he at least has some Hall of Fame chatter surrounding him. Billups is absolutely a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate, even if not enshrined.
Maxwell, on the other hand, wasn’t on that level. He never even made an All-Star team. He was just a good player who had an excellent six games against the Rockets in the 1981 NBA Finals.
Really, it’s a neat distinction to be the lone NBA Finals MVP who was never a star. Maxwell can cherish that.
And this watch, which he reveals in this entertaining video.
All Cedric Maxwell got for winning NBA Finals MVP was this janky watch (video) originally appeared on NBCSports.com