The 2017 NBA Finals between the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2015 champion Golden State Warriors will be the most star-studded Finals ever. So which star will shine brightest on the biggest stage this June and win Finals MVP -- LeBron? KD? Steph? Here are the predictions from our ESPN Forecast panel of experts, and a panel of fans.
KD has best shot at Finals MVP
Some notes on the Finals MVP contenders:
Stephen Curry, Golden State: Curry enters the Finals averaging 28.6 points per game on 50.2 percent shooting from the field and 43.1 percent shooting from 3, all postseason career highs.
Draymond Green, Golden State: Already a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, Green could be the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 to win Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP in the same season.
Klay Thompson, Golden State: After compiling a 17.4 PER during the regular season, Thompson enters the Finals with a postseason PER of 8.4 in 413 minutes. That's the worst PER among the 37 players who have played at least 300 minutes this postseason.
ESPN Forecast and the fan panel predictions were conducted in coordination with Microsoft Research.