- Kevin Pelton
When NBA commissioner David Stern presented LeBron James with the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in Thursday night's Game 7, James cemented his 2013 playoff run's place among the best in league history.
During the Finals, I ranked the 50 greatest individual playoff runs since 1978. It's already time for a rewrite, because James' season cracked the top 10. With an adjusted figure of 7.4 wins above replacement during the playoffs, plus bonuses for a championship and the Finals MVP, James' total postseason score of 8.9 puts him eighth -- just behind Hakeem Olajuwon's 1994 playoffs but ahead of Moses Malone in 1983 (the famous "Fo' Fo' Fo'" run) and Larry Bird's best postseason.
Kevin Pelton puts LeBron's postseason in historical perspective.