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Data viz on NBA Finals carry jobs

For The Pudding, Russell Goldenberg ranked the biggest carry jobs in NBA Finals since 1977.

Despite being a team sport, some NBA teams rely on a star to get them to the finals more than others. Did Giannis do it without help? Not really. Did MJ carry Pippen? Sometimes. Is LeBron amazing? Yes.

There are plenty of opinionated articles and videos debating this already. So I figured I would add my data-driven take to the mix. What do the data say about ranking the biggest Finals carry jobs in NBA history?

Goldenberg used the RAPTOR metric and you’ll never guess who came out on top (and it’s not Michael Jordan)…

You’ll have to read to find out.

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