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Has a former Kansas University basketball player ever won the NBA Finals MVP award?

Yes. Since the award first was handed out in 1969, three different Jayhawks won it once. Wilt Chamberlain averaged 19.4 points and 23.2 rebounds in leading the Los Angeles Lakers to victory in a five-game series against the New York Knicks in 1972. JoJo White’s 21.7 points and 5.8 assists per game helped the Boston Celtics win a six-game series against the Phoenix Suns in 1976. In 2008, Paul Pierce led the Celtics over the Lakers in six games by averaging 21.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists. No other school has had three different players win the trophy. Only two other schools can boast of more than one winner: UCLA: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (twice) and Bill Walton; and North Carolina: James Worthy and Michael Jordan (six times).


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