Choosing Finals MVP is no easy task

Even if the Nets win the NBA Finals, the Spurs' Tim Duncan would still be the favorite for series MVP honors.

Updated: June 13, 2003, 11:25 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
If you thought choosing a winner in this year's NBA Finals between New Jersey State and San Antonio Tech was tough, you should try voting for the Finals MVP.

With the series tied, 2-2, and games scheduled for tonight and Sunday, the NBA champion could very well be declared this weekend when we'll be stuck with choosing between four of the candidates the NBA is trying to convince us are all worthy.

If the key to defeating the New Jersey Nets was stopping Jason Kidd, then you've got to at least give some consideration to Tony Parker. It wasn't two days' worth of headlines ago that we were declaring him the next great point guard in the NBA after the way he torched Kidd on his own homecourt, scoring 26 points with four triples and handing out six assists to a single turnover.