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.
|Athlete||Nation represented or
nation of citizenship
|Date(s)||Game or event||Venue||Competition,
|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||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||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||2004 Major League Baseball playoffs||Edison International Field in Anaheim, California, United States
Yankee Stadium in New York City, United States (Two games)
|Major League Baseball||Boston Red Sox
||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
||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
||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
||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||2011 Stanley Cup Final||Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and TD Garden in Boston, United States||National Hockey League||Boston Bruins
||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.|
|2012||LeBron James||United States||June 12–21, 2012||2012 NBA Finals||Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, United States and American Airlines Arena in Miami, United States||National Basketball Association||Miami Heat
||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, United States and American Airlines Arena in Miami, United States||National Basketball Association||San Antonio Spurs
||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.|
|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
||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.|
|2016|||LeBron James||USA||June 2016||2016 NBA Finals||Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, United States and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio||National Basketball Association||Golden State Warriors
||Basketball||LeBron James became the first player in NBA Finals history to lead both teams in points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks for the entire series. He averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.3 blocks and 2.6 steals across seven Finals games. James became just the third player in history to record a triple double in a Game 7 of The Finals.|
|2017||Kevin Durant||USA||June 2017||2017 NBA Finals||Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, United States and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio||National Basketball Association||Golden State Warriors
||Basketball||Durant averaged 35.2 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game and 5.4 assists per game as the Warriors avenged their 2016 Finals loss, defeating the Cavaliers in five games. The Wsrriors went 16-1 in the playoffs, almost becoming the first team in NBA history to go 16-0 in the postseason.|
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