When Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors was named MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals, he joined an elite fraternity of players who have had that honor in addition to earning a gold medal at the Olympics. Iguodala earned gold with the 2012 U.S. Men's Olympic Team.
LeBron James had a chance this year to be NBA Finals MVP for the third time in his career. James, who was Finals MVP in 2012 and 2013, is already one of 10 players who have been Finals MVP more than once. Nine of those 10 players have also won gold medals with USA Basketball.
Three-time NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan has won three gold medals as a member of USA Basketball.
Two years before winning this gold medal with the 2008 U.S. Olympics Team, Dwyane Wade was MVP of the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat.
NBA legend Willis Reed, seen here with Men's National Team head coach Mike Krzyzewski in 2008, was the NBA Finals MVP in 1970 and 1973. Reed won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 1963 Pan American Games.
Kobe Bryant, NBA Finals MVP in 2009-10, has won three gold medals with USA Basketball -- including two in the Olympics (2008, 2012).
One of Larry Bird's three USA Basketball gold medals came as a member of the 1992 Dream Team. Bird was NBA Finals MVP in 1984 and 1986.
Michael Jordan has been NBA Finals MVP a record six times (1991-93, 1996-98). He's also won four gold medals with USA Basketball, including Olympic golds in 1984 and 1992.
Three-time NBA Finals MVP Earvin "Magic" Johnson won Olympic gold with USA Basketball as a member of the 1992 Dream Team.
Hakeem Olajuwon, who won gold with USA Basketball at the 1996 Olympics, was the NBA Finals MVP in 1995 and '96.
Shaquille O'Neal was the NBA Finals MVP three consecutive years (2000-01). He also won two golds with USA Basketball, including the 1996 Olympics.
NBA Finals MVPs With USA Basketball Ties
Gold Medal Game: U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team 101, Spain 72 (8/20/16)