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. 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.<ref>LeBron receives 116 first-place votes. ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures (May 2, 2010). Retrieved on May 2, 2010.</ref> 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).<ref name="MVP">Most Valuable Player. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on July 4, 2008.</ref>

Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award six times.<ref>Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on July 4, 2008.</ref> Both Bill Russell and Michael Jordan won the award five times<ref name="MVP"/> 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.<ref name="MVP"/> The most recent winner was Derrick Rose, who became the youngest in league history at age 22.<ref>Chicago's Derrick Rose Wins 2010-11 Kia NBA MVP Award. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc (May 3, 2011). Retrieved on May 3, 2011.</ref> Only two rookies have won the award: Wilt Chamberlain in the 1959-60 season and Wes Unseld in the 1968–69 season.<ref>Wes Unseld. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on July 4, 2008.</ref> 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.<ref name="intlnba">NBA Players from around the world: 2005-2006 Season. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on March 13, 2011.</ref> 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

^ 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 Bob Pettit* Forward Flag of the United States United States St. Louis Hawks
1956-57 Bob Cousy* Guard Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics
1957-58 Bill Russell* Center Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics (2)
1958-59 Bob Pettit* (2) Forward Flag of the United States United States St. Louis Hawks (2)
1959-60 Wilt Chamberlain* Center Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia Warriors
1960-61 Bill Russell* (2) Center Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics (3)
1961-62 Bill Russell* (3) Center Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics (4)
1962-63 Bill Russell* (4) Center Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics (5)
1963-64 Oscar Robertson* Guard Flag of the United States United States Cincinnati Royals
1964-65 Bill Russell* (5) Center Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics (6)
1965-66 Wilt Chamberlain* (2) Center Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia 76ers
1966-67 Wilt Chamberlain* (3) Center Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia 76ers (2)
1967-68 Wilt Chamberlain* (4) Center Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia 76ers (3)
1968-69 Wes Unseld* Center/Forward Flag of the United States United States Baltimore Bullets
1969-70 Willis Reed* Center/Forward Flag of the United States United States New York Knicks
1970-71 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[b] Center Flag of the United States United States Milwaukee Bucks
1971-72 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[b] (2) Center Flag of the United States United States Milwaukee Bucks (2)
1972-73 Dave Cowens* Center Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics (7)
1973-74 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[b] (3) Center Flag of the United States United States Milwaukee Bucks (3)
1974-75 Bob McAdoo* Forward/Center Flag of the United States United States Buffalo Braves
1975-76 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[b] (4) Center Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Lakers
1976-77 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[b] (5) Center Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Lakers (2)
1977-78 Bill Walton* Center Flag of the United States United States Portland Trail Blazers
1978-79 Moses Malone* Center/Forward Flag of the United States United States Houston Rockets
1979-80 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*[b] (6) Center Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Lakers (3)
1980-81 Julius Erving* Forward Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia 76ers (4)
1981-82 Moses Malone* (2) Center/Forward Flag of the United States United States Houston Rockets (2)
1982-83 Moses Malone* (3) Center/Forward Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia 76ers (5)
1983-84 Larry Bird* Forward Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics (8)
1984-85 Larry Bird* (2) Forward Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics (9)
1985-86 Larry Bird* (3) Forward Flag of the United States United States Boston Celtics (10)
1986-87 Magic Johnson* Guard Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Lakers (4)
1987-88 Michael Jordan* Guard Flag of the United States United States Chicago Bulls
1988-89 Magic Johnson* (2) Guard Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Lakers (5)
1989-90 Magic Johnson* (3) Guard Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Lakers (6)
1990-91 Michael Jordan* (2) Guard Flag of the United States United States Chicago Bulls (2)
1991-92 Michael Jordan* (3) Guard Flag of the United States United States Chicago Bulls (3)
1992-93 Charles Barkley* Forward Flag of the United States United States Phoenix Suns
1993-94 Hakeem Olajuwon* Center Flag of the United States United States[c] Houston Rockets (3)
1994-95 David Robinson* Center Flag of the United States United States San Antonio Spurs
1995-96 Michael Jordan* (4) Guard Flag of the United States United States Chicago Bulls (4)
1996-97 Karl Malone* Forward Flag of the United States United States Utah Jazz
1997-98 Michael Jordan* (5) Guard Flag of the United States United States Chicago Bulls (5)
1998-99 Karl Malone* (2) Forward Flag of the United States United States Utah Jazz (2)
1999-00 Shaquille O'Neal Center Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Lakers (7)
2000-01 Allen Iverson Guard Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia 76ers (6)
2001-02 Tim Duncan^ Forward/Center Flag of the United States United States[d] San Antonio Spurs (2)
2002-03 Tim Duncan^ (2) Forward/Center Flag of the United States United States[d] San Antonio Spurs (3)
2003-04 Kevin Garnett^ Forward Flag of the United States United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2004-05 Steve Nash^ Guard Flag of Canada Canada Phoenix Suns (2)
2005-06 Steve Nash^ (2) Guard Flag of Canada Canada Phoenix Suns (3)
2006-07 Dirk Nowitzki^ Forward Flag of Germany Germany Dallas Mavericks
2007-08 Kobe Bryant^ Guard Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Lakers (8)
2008-09 LeBron James^ Forward Flag of the United States United States Cleveland Cavaliers
2009-10 LeBron James^ (2) Forward Flag of the United States United States Cleveland Cavaliers (2)
2010-11 Derrick Rose^ Guard Flag of the United States 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.<ref>Mike Monroe. The Commissioners. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on July 8, 2008.</ref>
  • [b] Before the 1971–72 season, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.<ref>Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bio. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on August 4, 2008.</ref>
  • [c] Hakeem Olajuwon was born in Nigeria, but became a naturalized United States citizen in 1993.<ref>Hakeem Olajuwon Bio: 1992-93. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on June 15, 2008.</ref>
  • [d] Although Tim Duncan was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a United States citizen,<ref>Virgin Islands. CIA World Factbook. Retrieved on August 12, 2008.</ref> the NBA considers him an international player.<ref name="intlnba"/>
  • [e] Steve Nash, who was born in South Africa, was raised in Canada.<ref>McPeek, Jeramie. The Canadian Kid. NBA.com (from Fastbreak Magazine on Sept./Oct. 1996). Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on April 22, 2009.</ref>

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