NBA: 5 Darkhorse MVP Candidates For 2014-15

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May 6, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant speaks after receiving the 2013-2014 MVP trophy at Thunder Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA’s Most Valuable Player award is one of the most prestigious awards a player can receive. With NO exceptions, if you win the NBA’s MVP award, you’ve proven your worth and you’ve arrived as a true star in the NBA. Sure, injuries can derail former MVP’s (Derrick Rose, Bill Walton), but for the most part — you’ve arrived and you’re not going anywhere for a long time.

Want proof that the MVP award is an exclusive group of stars? Take a look at this list of players who have only won ONE of them:

Only 14 players have won more than one MVP award. Of those, nine have won three or more, five have won four or more, three have won five or more and only the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won six of them.

Take a look at the last 10 winners with their stats to get an idea of what we’re expecting out of our MVP’s these days, then we’ll get into our darkhorse list of candidates for next season.

Per Game Shooting Advanced
Season Player Age Tm G MP PTS TRB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% WS WS/48
2013-14 Kevin Durant 25 OKC 81 38.5 32.0 7.4 5.5 1.3 0.7 .503 .391 .873 19.2 .295
2012-13 LeBron James 28 MIA 76 37.9 26.8 8.0 7.3 1.7 0.9 .565 .406 .753 19.3 .322
2011-12 LeBron James 27 MIA 62 37.5 27.1 7.9 6.2 1.9 0.8 .531 .362 .771 14.5 .298
2010-11 Derrick Rose 22 CHI 81 37.4 25.0 4.1 7.7 1.0 0.6 .445 .332 .858 13.1 .208
2009-10 LeBron James 25 CLE 76 39.0 29.7 7.3 8.6 1.6 1.0 .503 .333 .767 18.5 .299
2008-09 LeBron James 24 CLE 81 37.7 28.4 7.6 7.2 1.7 1.1 .489 .344 .780 20.3 .318
2007-08 Kobe Bryant 29 LAL 82 38.9 28.3 6.3 5.4 1.8 0.5 .459 .361 .840 13.8 .208
2006-07 Dirk Nowitzki 28 DAL 78 36.2 24.6 8.9 3.4 0.7 0.8 .502 .416 .904 16.3 .278
2005-06 Steve Nash 31 PHO 79 35.4 18.8 4.2 10.5 0.8 0.2 .512 .439 .921 12.4 .212
2004-05 Steve Nash 30 PHO 75 34.3 15.5 3.3 11.5 1.0 0.1 .502 .431 .887 10.9 .203
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/24/2014.

So…as we take a look at this list, we’ll take the annual favorites as a given. That means no LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul or Kevin Love on our list. For those Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony fans — we’re skipping you for a different reason altogether.

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