NBA Most Valuable Player Award

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The National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1955–56 NBA season to the best performing player of the 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 his retirement in 1963. MVP voting takes place immediately following the regular season. Until the 1979–80 season, the MVP was selected by a vote of NBA players. However, since the 1980–81 season, the award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom 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]

No player has ever won the award unanimously by capturing all of the first-place votes.[3] Shaquille O'Neal in 1999–2000 and LeBron James in 2012–13 are the only two to have fallen one vote shy of a unanimous selection, both receiving 120 of 121 votes.[b][4] Since the 1982–83 season, every player who has won the award has played for a team with at least a .610 winning percentage (equal to 50 regular-season wins in an 82-game season, except the lockout-shortened 50-game 1998–99 season when Karl Malone won and the lockout-shortened 66-game 2011–12 season when James won).[5]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award six times.[6] Both Bill Russell and Michael Jordan won the award five times,[5] while Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James won the award four times in their respective careers. Russell and James are the only players to have won the award four times in five seasons.[4] Moses Malone, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson each won the award three times, while Bob Pettit, Karl Malone, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash have each won it twice.[5] The most recent winner is Kevin Durant. Only two rookies have won the award: Wilt Chamberlain in the 1959–60 season and Wes Unseld in the 1968–69 season.[7] Hakeem Olajuwon of Nigeria,[c] Duncan of the U.S. Virgin Islands,[d] Nash of Canada[e] and Dirk Nowitzki of Germany are the only international MVP winners. Duncan is an American citizen by birth, but is considered an international player by the NBA.[10] Of these four players, only Nowitzki was trained totally outside the United States—the other three all played U.S. college basketball (Olajuwon at Houston, Duncan at Wake Forest, and Nash at Santa Clara).

The sculptor of the bronze NBA MVP Award, presented since 1986, is noted American artist Marc Mellon.

Winners

Wilt Chamberlain won the award four times in his NBA 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.
Tim Duncan, of the San Antonio Spurs, won back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards in the '01-02 and '02-03 seasons.
LeBron James is a four-time NBA MVP. He and Bill Russell are the only players to win the award four times in a five-year span.
Derrick Rose became the youngest player to ever win the award at age 22.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
dagger Denotes player whose team won championship that year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been named MVP
Team (X) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has won
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1955–56 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* Forward  United States St. Louis Hawks
1956–57 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* Guard  United States Boston Celtics
1957–58 Russell, BillBill Russell* Center  United States Boston Celtics (2)
1958–59 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* (2) Forward  United States St. Louis Hawks (2)
1959–60 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Center  United States Philadelphia Warriors
1960–61 Russell, BillBill Russell* (2) Center  United States Boston Celtics (3)
1961–62 Russell, BillBill Russell* (3) Center  United States Boston Celtics (4)
1962–63 Russell, BillBill Russell* (4) Center  United States Boston Celtics (5)
1963–64 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals
1964–65 Russell, BillBill Russell* (5) Center  United States Boston Celtics (6)
1965–66 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (2) Center  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1966–67 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (3) Center  United States Philadelphia 76ers (2)
1967–68 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (4) Center  United States Philadelphia 76ers (3)
1968–69 Unseld, WesWes Unseld* Center/Forward  United States Baltimore Bullets
1969–70 Reed, WillisWillis Reed* Center/Forward  United States New York Knicks
1970–71 AaaLew Alcindor*[f] Center  United States Milwaukee Bucks
1971–72 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[f] (2) Center  United States Milwaukee Bucks (2)
1972–73 Cowens, DaveDave Cowens* Center  United States Boston Celtics (7)
1973–74 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[f] (3) Center  United States Milwaukee Bucks (3)
1974–75 McAdoo, BobBob McAdoo* Forward/Center  United States Buffalo Braves
1975–76 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[f] (4) Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers
1976–77 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[f] (5) Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers (2)
1977–78 Walton, BillBill Walton* Center  United States Portland Trail Blazers
1978–79 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* Center/Forward  United States Houston Rockets
1979–80 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[f] (6) Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers (3)
1980–81 Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers (4)
1981–82 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* (2) Center/Forward  United States Houston Rockets (2)
1982–83 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* (3) Center/Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers (5)
1983–84 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* Forward  United States Boston Celtics (8)
1984–85 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* (2) Forward  United States Boston Celtics (9)
1985–86 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* (3) Forward  United States Boston Celtics (10)
1986–87 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (4)
1987–88 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Guard  United States Chicago Bulls
1988–89 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (2) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (5)
1989–90 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* (3) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (6)
1990–91 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (2) Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (2)
1991–92 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (3) Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (3)
1992–93 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* Forward  United States Phoenix Suns
1993–94 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* Center  Nigeria[c] Houston Rockets (3)
1994–95 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* Center  United States San Antonio Spurs
1995–96 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (4) Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (4)
1996–97 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* Forward  United States Utah Jazz
1997–98 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (5) Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (5)
1998–99 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* (2) Forward  United States Utah Jazz (2)
1999–00 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers (7)
2000–01 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers (6)
2001–02 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ Forward/Center  United States[d] San Antonio Spurs (2)
2002–03 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ (2) Forward/Center  United States[d] San Antonio Spurs (3)
2003–04 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ Forward  United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2004–05 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ Guard  Canada[e] Phoenix Suns (2)
2005–06 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (2) Guard  Canada[e] Phoenix Suns (3)
2006–07 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ Forward  Germany Dallas Mavericks
2007–08 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (8)
2008–09 James, LeBronLeBron James^ Forward  United States Cleveland Cavaliers
2009–10 James, LeBronLeBron James^ (2) Forward  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (2)
2010–11 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose^ Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (6)
2011–12 James, LeBronLeBron James^ (3) Forward  United States Miami Heat
2012–13 James, LeBronLeBron James^ (4) Forward  United States Miami Heat (2)
2013–14 Durant, KevinKevin Durant^ Forward  United States Oklahoma City Thunder

Notes

  1. ^ The official title of the position was NBA President until 1967 when it was changed to NBA Commissioner.[1]
  2. ^ Allen Iverson received the only first-place vote O'Neal did not receive in 2000, while Carmelo Anthony received the only first-place vote James did not receive in 2013.[4]
  3. ^ a b Hakeem Olajuwon was born in Nigeria, but became a naturalized United States citizen in 1993.[8]
  4. ^ a b c Although Tim Duncan was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a United States citizen,[9] the NBA considers him an international player.[10]
  5. ^ a b c Steve Nash, who was born in South Africa, was raised in Canada.[11]
  6. ^ a b c d e f Before the 1971–72 season, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[12]

See also

References

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  3. ^ "Vote for Melo keeps LeBron from unanimous MVP nod". CBSSports.com. May 5, 2013. Archived from the original on May 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Wallace, Michael (May 5, 2013). "LeBron James wins 4th MVP award". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 5, 2013. 
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