The actual stats my trump my memory, but I recall at the time thinking that in '82 he was robbed of Finals MVP, which went to Magic Johnson. Magic was uber popular, but watching the series, it felt like McAdoo was the key.
"McAdoo. McA-don't. McA-will. McA-won't....This time, McA-did!"
Let's talk about 1969. The apparent "stolen MVP" season. Wes Unseld was the second NBA player to win MVP in a rookie year. But Jerry West deserved that Most Valuable Player award.
You have Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Bob Pettit, John Havlicek, Willis Reed, etc. who could've easily won the Most Valuable Player, but assuming they're ranked higher than Jerry West on the leaderboard of best NBA players ever, that could certainly be the understanding of why Jerry West has never won MVP.
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