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NBA Most Valuable Player Award

The National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1955–56 season to the best performing player of the regular season. The winner receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, which is named in honor of the first commissioner (then president)[a] of the NBA, who served from 1946 until 1963. Until the 1979–80 season, the MVP was selected by a vote of NBA players. Since the 1980–81 season, the award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

Each member of the voting panel casts a vote for first to fifth place selections. Each first-place vote is worth 10 points; each second-place vote is worth seven; each third-place vote is worth five, fourth-place is worth three and fifth-place is worth one. Starting from 2010, one ballot was cast by fans through online voting. The player with the highest point total wins the award.[2] As of June 2018, the current holder of the award is James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

Every player who has won this award and has been eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has been inducted. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record six times.[3] He is also the only player to win the award despite his team not making the playoffs back in the 1975–76 season. Both Bill Russell and Michael Jordan won the award five times,[4] while Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James won the award four times. Russell and James are the only players to have won the award four times in five seasons.[5] Moses Malone, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson each won the award three times, while Bob Pettit, Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash and Stephen Curry have each won it twice.[4] Only two rookies have won the award: Wilt Chamberlain in the 1959–60 season and Wes Unseld in the 1968–69 season.[6] Hakeem Olajuwon of Nigeria,[b] Tim Duncan of the U.S. Virgin Islands,[c] Steve Nash of Canada[d] and Dirk Nowitzki of Germany are the only MVP winners considered "international players" by the NBA.[9]

Stephen Curry in 2015–16 is the only player to have won the award unanimously. Shaquille O'Neal in 1999–2000 and LeBron James in 2012–13 are the only two players to have fallen one vote shy of a unanimous selection, both receiving 120 of 121 votes.[e][5] Russell Westbrook, is the first to have played for a team that failed to win at least 50 regular-season games since the 1982–83 season.[f][11][12] Every player to have won the award has made at least one appearance as a player in the NBA Finals, with the exceptions of Steve Nash and Derrick Rose.

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WinnersEdit

 
Bill Russell (left) won the award five times in his NBA career. Wilt Chamberlain (center) won the award four times in his career.
 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record-setting six times in his career.
 
Michael Jordan won the award five times in his career.
 
LeBron James is a four-time NBA MVP.
 
Tim Duncan, of the San Antonio Spurs, won back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards in the '01-02 and '02-03 seasons.
 
Derrick Rose became the youngest player to ever win the award at age 22.
 
Stephen Curry won back-to-back MVP awards and was the first unanimous winner in the '15-16 season.[13]
 
James Harden is the reigning MVP.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  Denotes player whose team won championship that year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been named MVP at that time
Team (X) Denotes the number of times a player from this team had won at that time
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1955–56 Bob Pettit* Power forward   United States St. Louis Hawks
1956–57   Bob Cousy* Point guard   United States Boston Celtics
1957–58 Bill Russell* Center   United States Boston Celtics (2)
1958–59 Bob Pettit* (2) Power forward   United States St. Louis Hawks (2)
1959–60 Wilt Chamberlain* Center   United States Philadelphia Warriors
1960–61   Bill Russell* (2) Center   United States Boston Celtics (3)
1961–62   Bill Russell* (3) Center   United States Boston Celtics (4)
1962–63   Bill Russell* (4) Center   United States Boston Celtics (5)
1963–64 Oscar Robertson* Point guard   United States Cincinnati Royals
1964–65   Bill Russell* (5) Center   United States Boston Celtics (6)
1965–66 Wilt Chamberlain* (2) Center   United States Philadelphia 76ers
1966–67   Wilt Chamberlain* (3) Center   United States Philadelphia 76ers (2)
1967–68 Wilt Chamberlain* (4) Center   United States Philadelphia 76ers (3)
1968–69 Wes Unseld* Center/Forward   United States Baltimore Bullets
1969–70   Willis Reed* Center   United States New York Knicks
1970–71   AaaLew Alcindor*[g] Center   United States Milwaukee Bucks
1971–72 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[g] (2) Center   United States Milwaukee Bucks (2)
1972–73 Dave Cowens* Center   United States Boston Celtics (7)
1973–74 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[g] (3) Center   United States Milwaukee Bucks (3)
1974–75 Bob McAdoo* Power forward   United States Buffalo Braves
1975–76 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[g] (4) Center   United States Los Angeles Lakers
1976–77 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[g] (5) Center   United States Los Angeles Lakers (2)
1977–78 Bill Walton* Center   United States Portland Trail Blazers
1978–79 Moses Malone* Center   United States Houston Rockets
1979–80   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[g] (6) Center   United States Los Angeles Lakers (3)
1980–81 Julius Erving* Small forward   United States Philadelphia 76ers (4)
1981–82 Moses Malone* (2) Center   United States Houston Rockets (2)
1982–83   Moses Malone* (3) Center   United States Philadelphia 76ers (5)
1983–84   Larry Bird* Small forward   United States Boston Celtics (8)
1984–85 Larry Bird* (2) Small forward   United States Boston Celtics (9)
1985–86   Larry Bird* (3) Small forward   United States Boston Celtics (10)
1986–87   Magic Johnson* Point guard   United States Los Angeles Lakers (4)
1987–88 Michael Jordan* Shooting guard   United States Chicago Bulls
1988–89 Magic Johnson* (2) Point guard   United States Los Angeles Lakers (5)
1989–90 Magic Johnson* (3) Point guard   United States Los Angeles Lakers (6)
1990–91   Michael Jordan* (2) Shooting guard   United States Chicago Bulls (2)
1991–92   Michael Jordan* (3) Shooting guard   United States Chicago Bulls (3)
1992–93 Charles Barkley* Power forward   United States Phoenix Suns
1993–94   Hakeem Olajuwon* Center   Nigeria[b] Houston Rockets (3)
1994–95 David Robinson* Center   United States San Antonio Spurs
1995–96   Michael Jordan* (4) Shooting guard   United States Chicago Bulls (4)
1996–97 Karl Malone* Power forward   United States Utah Jazz
1997–98   Michael Jordan* (5) Shooting guard   United States Chicago Bulls (5)
1998–99 Karl Malone* (2) [h] Power forward   United States Utah Jazz (2)
1999–00   Shaquille O'Neal* Center   United States Los Angeles Lakers (7)
2000–01 Allen Iverson* Shooting guard   United States Philadelphia 76ers (6)
2001–02 Tim Duncan Power forward   United States[c] San Antonio Spurs (2)
2002–03   Tim Duncan (2) Power forward   United States[c] San Antonio Spurs (3)
2003–04 Kevin Garnett Power forward   United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2004–05 Steve Nash* Point guard   Canada[d] Phoenix Suns (2)
2005–06 Steve Nash* (2) Point guard   Canada[d] Phoenix Suns (3)
2006–07 Dirk Nowitzki^ Power forward   Germany Dallas Mavericks
2007–08 Kobe Bryant Shooting guard   United States Los Angeles Lakers (8)
2008–09 LeBron James^ Small forward   United States Cleveland Cavaliers
2009–10 LeBron James^ (2) Small forward   United States Cleveland Cavaliers (2)
2010–11 Derrick Rose^ [i] Point guard   United States Chicago Bulls (6)
2011–12   LeBron James^ (3) Small forward   United States Miami Heat
2012–13   LeBron James^ (4) Small forward   United States Miami Heat (2)
2013–14 Kevin Durant^ Small forward   United States Oklahoma City Thunder
2014–15   Stephen Curry^ Point guard   United States Golden State Warriors (2)
2015–16 Stephen Curry^ (2) Point guard   United States Golden State Warriors (3)
2016–17 Russell Westbrook^ Point guard   United States Oklahoma City Thunder (2)
2017–18 James Harden^ Shooting guard   United States Houston Rockets (4)

Multi-time winnersEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The official title of the position was President until 1967 when it was changed to Commissioner.[1]
  2. ^ a b Hakeem Olajuwon was born in Nigeria, but became a naturalized United States citizen in 1993. He was the first ever international player to win the award.[7]
  3. ^ a b c Although Duncan was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a United States citizen,[8] the NBA considers him an international player.[9]
  4. ^ a b c Steve Nash, who was born in South Africa, was raised in Canada.[10]
  5. ^ Allen Iverson received the only other first-place vote in 2000, while Carmelo Anthony received the only other first-place vote in 2013.[5]
  6. ^ Except for seasons affected by lockouts, when the schedule was shortened from the norm of 82 games. Karl Malone won in 1998–99 when Utah was 37–13 in 50 games, which projected to 60 wins in 82 games. James won in 2011–12 when the Miami Heat were 46–20 in 66 games, which projected to 57 wins.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Before the 1971–72 season, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[14]
  8. ^ Malone, at 35 years and 284 days old at the end of the regular season, is the oldest MVP in NBA history.[15]
  9. ^ Rose, at 22 years and 191 days old at the end of the regular season, is the youngest MVP in NBA history.[16]

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "Most Valuable Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 4, 2008.
  • "Most Valuable Player Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  • "NBA MVP – Maurice Podoloff Trophy – Marc Mellon Sculpture Studio". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2002.
Specific
  1. ^ Monroe, Mike. "The Commissioners". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "LeBron receives 116 first-place votes". ESPN.com. May 2, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 4, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Most Valuable Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 4, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Wallace, Michael (May 5, 2013). "LeBron James wins 4th MVP award". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Wes Unseld". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 4, 2008.
  7. ^ "Hakeem Olajuwon Bio: 1992-93". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  8. ^ "Virgin Islands". CIA World Factbook. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "NBA Players from around the world: 2005-2006 Season". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  10. ^ McPeek, Jeramie. "The Canadian Kid". NBA.com (from Fastbreak Magazine of Sept./Oct. 1996). Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  11. ^ "Who is the leading MVP candidate?". ESPN.com. March 6, 2015. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015.
  12. ^ Hubbard, Jan (April 22, 1990). "NBA NOTES : Charles Barkley Running a Slick Campaign for MVP". Newsday. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "Stephen Curry wins MVP for second straight season". ESPN.com. May 11, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  15. ^ "Karl Malone 1998-99 game log". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  16. ^ "Derrick Rose 2010-11 game log". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 2, 2016.