2016 NBA Finals Game 7: Feats and figures

LeBron James (top) of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a shot by Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 in Cleveland on Thursday. James had back-to-back 41-point performances in Games 5 and 6 as the Cavaliers came back to level the series
LeBron James (top) of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a shot by Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 in Cleveland on Thursday. James had back-to-back 41-point performances in Games 5 and 6 as the Cavaliers came back to level the series from 1-3 down.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

TOP PICKS EYE TOP BILLING

Only two of the past 31 National Basketball Association draft top picks have won an NBA title with the team that drafted them: San Antonio's Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

But if Cleveland win the crown, 2003 top pick LeBron James and 2011 top pick Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers would double that total.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

A Warriors victory on Father's Day would make Golden State guard Klay Thompson and his father, Mychal, the second father-son combination with multiple NBA titles. Mychal won titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1987 and 1988.

The only father and son with more than one ring each are Luke Walton with the 2009 and 2010 Lakers and his father Bill Walton, who won with the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers and 1986 Boston Celtics. Luke Walton is a Warriors assistant coach and next season will be coach of the Lakers.

HISTORY BECKONS KERR AND LUE

Golden State's Steve Kerr could become only the second coach to win the NBA Finals in his first two seasons as a league coach, matching John Kundla of the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950.

Cleveland's Tyronn Lue could become the sixth active NBA head coach with a title, joining Kerr, Dallas' Rick Carlisle, Miami's Erik Spoelstra, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and the Los Angeles Clippers' Doc Rivers, who guided Boston to a crown. Lue would win a title in his first season as an NBA head coach, something that had not been done in more than 30 years until Kerr last year.

STATS FAVOUR THE HOME TEAM

The Warriors and Cavaliers will meet in the 19th Game 7 in NBA Finals history, with home teams holding a 15-3 edge in past deciders.

The last time a road team won the NBA Finals was in 1978 when Washington beat Seattle. Boston won two Finals Game 7s on the road, in 1974 at Milwaukee and in 1969 at the Los Angeles Lakers.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2016, with the headline '2016 NBA Finals Game 7: Feats and figures'. Print Edition | Subscribe