If I told you in the preseason that Matthew Dellavedova would be one of the heroes of the NBA Finals, I doubt you’d have believed me. In fact, I think the chances of you medicating and/or admitting me to a mental hospital would be much higher than that.
Yet, here we are. With LeBron James boasting one of the greatest Finals performances we’ve ever seen, the most unlikely of sidekicks has emerged to aid the King in his quest to bring a title to Cleveland.
It got me to wondering: Who are some of the other unusual heroes from Finals in the past? To determine that I looked through Game Scores at Basketball-Reference.com to find players who had a Finals that was disproportionate with their regular-season performance.
Here they are, in chronological order.