NBA Most Valuable Player Award

The National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1955–56 NBA 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 NBA season, the MVP was originally 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.[1] Since the 1982–83 season, every player who has won the award has played for a team with at least 50 regular-season wins (except for Karl Malone in the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, in which the regular season was only 50 games long).[2]

Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award six times.[3] Both Bill Russell and Michael Jordan won the award five times[2] while Wilt Chamberlain won the award four times in his career. Hall of Fame players Moses Malone, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson each won the award three times, while Bob Pettit, Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash and LeBron James have each won it twice.[2] The most recent winner was Derrick Rose, who became the youngest in league history at age 22.[4] Only two rookies have won the award: Wilt Chamberlain in the 1959–60 season and Wes Unseld in the 1968–69 season.[5] 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 and was raised in the United States, but is considered an international player by the NBA.[6] 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).

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Winners

Hall of Famer Bob Cousy won the award in the 1956–57 NBA season.
Wilt Chamberlain won the award four times in his NBA career.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award six times in his career.
Michael Jordan won the award five times in his career.
Tim Duncan is one of two international players to win the award twice in a row, along with Steve Nash.
Dirk Nowitzki is the only European to win the award.
Derrick Rose is the most recent winner and youngest in league history at age 22 to win the award.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
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 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor*[b] Center  United States Milwaukee Bucks
1971–72 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[b] (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*[b] (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*[b] (4) Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers
1976–77 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[b] (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*[b] (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, MagicMagic Johnson* Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (4)
1987–88 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Guard  United States Chicago Bulls
1988–89 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* (2) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (5)
1989–90 Johnson, MagicMagic 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  United States[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 Phoenix Suns (2)
2005–06 Nash, SteveSteve Nash^ (2) Guard  Canada 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)

Notes

  • a The official title of the position was NBA President until 1967 when it was changed to NBA Commissioner.[7]
  • b Before the 1971–72 season, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[8]
  • c Hakeem Olajuwon was born in Nigeria, but became a naturalized United States citizen in 1993.[9]
  • d Although Tim Duncan was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a United States citizen,[10] the NBA considers him an international player.[6]
  • e Steve Nash, who was born in South Africa, was raised in Canada.[11]

See also

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ "LeBron receives 116 first-place votes". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. May 2, 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5156199. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Most Valuable Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/awards_mvp.html. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/players/abduljabbar_bio.html. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Chicago's Derrick Rose Wins 2010-11 Kia NBA MVP Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 3, 2011. http://www.nba.com/2011/news/05/03/mvp-award/index.html. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Wes Unseld". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/players/unseld_bio.html. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "NBA Players from around the world: 2005-2006 Season". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/players/international_player_directory.html. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Mike Monroe. "The Commissioners". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/commissioners.html. Retrieved July 8, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/players/abduljabbar_bio.html. Retrieved August 4, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Hakeem Olajuwon Bio: 1992-93". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/hakeem_olajuwon/bio.html. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Virgin Islands". CIA World Factbook. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/vq.html. Retrieved August 12, 2008. 
  11. ^ McPeek, Jeramie. "The Canadian Kid". NBA.com (from Fastbreak Magazine on Sept./Oct. 1996). Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/suns/news/fastbreak_nash_cover.html. Retrieved April 22, 2009. 


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