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.
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.