One of the unsung heroes of this years NBA finals is not Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Pau Gasol or any other player that left a prominent impact in the series but without a doubt that player is Patrick McCaw. McCaw became the first player to win three championships in a row since Shaquille O’ Neal, and Kobe Bryant did it with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-2002.
What differentiates McCaw from other players in league history is the fact that he became the 39th player to win titles with multiple teams. Of those 39 players, only three have won a championship, switched teams, and immediately won another championship the next season: McCaw, Steve Kerr (who won with the Bulls in ’98 and the Spurs in ’99), and Pep Saul (Royals in ’51 and Lakers in ’52).
Moreover, McCaw is the seventh player to win a championship during each of his first three years in the league which is a pretty unique accomplishment in NBA history. K.C. Jones who played for the Boston Celtics back in the 1960s holds the all-time record since he won championships in his first eight seasons.
However, McCaw is the only player in NBA history to win three championships in his first three years in the league despite switching teams. If McCaw stays with the Toronto Raptors next season there is a high probability he might win another championship which will make him one of the most awarded young players in NBA history.
The curious case of Patrick McCaw is proof how important it actually is to have a bit of luck in life especially when it comes to getting drafted by the right team, especially those contending for an NBA championship.