Best Championship Performance ESPY Award

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The Best Championship Performance ESPY Award was presented in 2001 and has been presented annually since 2004 to the sportsperson, irrespective of nationality, gender, or sport contested, adjudged to have given the best performance in a single championship game, series, or tournament played in a given calendar year; the award technically devolves on both the sportsperson achieving a performance and the performance itself.

For those team sports contested professionally in North America or collegiately in the United States, championship performances are those that occur in an ultimate game and match or ultimate series of games, whilst such performances in international team sports are those that occur in the ultimate game of a premier competition or in a world championship organized by a recognized governing body. Individual championship performances are those occurring in the ultimate game or match of a significant championship or in the series of games or matches that compose a single significant championship tournament or event (in golf and tennis, respectively, e.g., a major championship or Grand Slam tournament).

Balloting for the award is conducted over the Internet by fans from amongst between three and five choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee. Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the June previous.

List of winners

Athlete Nation represented or
nation of citizenship
Date(s) Game or event Venue Competition,
governing body,
or league
Competing teams Sport Performance
2001 Tiger Woods  United States 15 June 2000—18 June 2000 2000 United States Open Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California, United States PGA Tour[1] Not applicable Golf Woods finishes the tournament having taken 272 strokes, 12 fewer than par, to defeat Ernie Els and Miguel Ángel Jiménez by 15 strokes and to set the United States Open record for best performance to par (broken in 2011) and the men's major championship record for margin of victory (which still stands)
2004 Phil Mickelson  United States April 11, 2004 2004 Masters Tournament Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, United States PGA Tour[2] Not applicable Golf Mickelson completes the final nine holes of his last round in 31 strokes, birdieing five of his last seven, to post the lowest back nine score since 1986 and to overcome South African Ernie Els by one stroke to win his first career major championship
2005 Curt Schilling  United States 4 October—27 October 2004[3] 2004 Major League Baseball playoffs Edison International Field in Anaheim, California, United States

Yankee Stadium in New York City, New York, United States (Two games)

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox

Anaheim Angels (in the American League Division Series)

New York Yankees (in the American League Championship Series)

St. Louis Cardinals (in the World Series)

Baseball Red Sox starting pitcher Schilling wins three games across the MLB playoffs, including the second game of the World Series, and posts 3.57 postseason earned run average whilst nursing an injured right ankle that is thrice surgically repaired during the playoffs
2006 Vince Young  United States 4 January 2006 2006 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, United States National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A University of Texas Longhorns

University of Southern California Trojans

American football Young, as quarterback for the Longhorns, rushes 19 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns and one two-point conversion, completes 30 of 40 passes attempted for 267 yards, and wins the game's offensive most valuable player award
2007 Peyton Manning  United States February 4, 2007 Super Bowl XLI Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, United States National Football League Indianapolis Colts

Chicago Bears

American football Manning was named the game's Most Valuable Player, completing 25 of 38 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown.
2010 Drew Brees  United States February 7, 2010 Super Bowl XLIV Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, United States National Football League New Orleans Saints

Indianapolis Colts

American football Brees was named the game's MVP completing 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns.
2011 Tim Thomas  United States June 1–15, 2011[4] 2011 Stanley Cup Final Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, United States National Hockey League Boston Bruins

Vancouver Canucks

Hockey Thomas, who stopped 238 of the Canucks' 246 shots on goal while leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup win since 1972, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs.[5]
2012 LeBron James  United States June 12–21, 2012 2012 NBA Finals Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States and American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, United States National Basketball Association Miami Heat

Oklahoma City Thunder

Basketball After losing the first game in Oklahoma City, James led his team to four straight victories. In Game 5, James registered his only triple-double of the season with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists and would win his first NBA Championship. With averages of 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game, he was unanimously awarded the NBA Finals MVP.
2014 Kawhi Leonard  United States June 5-15, 2014 2014 NBA Finals AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, United States and American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, United States National Basketball Association San Antonio Spurs

Miami Heat

Basketball With his 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and his stifling defense against LeBron James in the 2014 NBA Finals, former San Diego State basketball star Kawhi Leonard won the 2014 ESPY for Best Championship Performance. He was also awarded the Finals MVP.[6]
2015| LeBron James  United States June 2015 2015 NBA Finals Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, United States and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio National Basketball Association Golden State Warriors

Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball LeBron James became the first player in NBA Finals history to lead both teams in points, assists, and rebounds for the entire series. He averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists across six Finals games. James accounted for 38.3% of his teams points, the second-highest percentage ever behind Michael Jordan's 38.4% of the Chicago Bulls' points in the 1993 NBA Finals.[7]

See also


  1. The U.S. Open is under the control of the United States Golf Association and not the PGA Tour. However, the tour recognizes the U.S. Open as an official money event and one of the four major championships.
  2. The Masters is the invitational tournament of Augusta National Golf Club, and the PGA Tour has no control over the event. However, as in the case of the U.S. Open, the tour recognizes The Masters as an official money event and major championship.
  3. Schilling was honored for performance across the playoffs, which took place between 4 October and 27 October, inclusive; he played in games on 5 October (in the American League Division Series against the Anaheim Angels), 12 October (in the American League Championship Series [ALCS] against the New York Yankees), 19 October (in the ALCS against the Yankees), and 24 October (in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
  4. Thomas was honored for his performance in the Stanley Cup Final, which took place between June 1 and June 15, inclusive. Thomas played in all seven games of the final; four games were played in Vancouver and three in Boston.
  5. The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded for performance throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, not solely the Stanley Cup Final.
  7. Cavaliers forward LeBron James makes Finals history in losing effort |