Greatest MVP seasons- NBA


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It is always hard to choose who is the best, when there are so many amazing players, but every year, an MVP is given the honor being the best of that season. This honor takes into consideration a combination of the player’s statistics, the team’s winning record, and how important the player is to the team. (For example, could the team have had a winning season without them?)

 

7-  Wilt Chamberlain 1966-67

This 7 feet 1 inch, 275 lbs monster absolutely dominated in the 1966-67 season with the 76ers. Averaging 24 points per game (ppg) is impressive, but he also averaged 24 rebounds per game (rpg), and on top of that, he averaged 7.8 assists (apg). These were never seen before stats at the time. Wilt also led the 76ers to a 68-13 record which was a record at the time. Wilt also had the ability to play amazing defense. I think it’s clear that the 76ers without Wilt would’ve been an average team at most, so that makes him really impactful.

 

6-  Russell Westbrook 2016-17

That season, Westbrook made history by averaging a triple double for the first time since 61-62 season. He also made history by breaking the record for the most triple doubles in a season with 42. That season Westbrook averaged 31.6 ppg, 10.4 apg, 10.7 rpg. The only down side about this season for Westbrook is that they finished with a 47-35 record (6th). They also went on to lose against the 3rd seed Rockets on the first round. Westbrook’s defensive ability is questionable, but I wouldn’t try on defense either if I had to score 30 points every night.

 

5-  Stephen Curry 2015-16

Not only were Curry’s numbers great that season, let’s not forget the fact that the Warriors team broke the record for the most wins in a season with 73. They only lost 9 games. Curry averaged 30 ppg, 6.7 apg, and 5.4 rpg. Apart from the fact that Curry choked a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the finals, Curry had an amazing season. He also played above average defense compared to other guards around the league. Curry played alongside two other allstars, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. If Curry wasn’t on the team, their record wouldn’t drop too too much because they still had Klay and Green, but they wouldn’t have been close to winning the championship. On top of that, Curry is the only ever unanimous MVP.

 

  1. LeBron James 2009-10

LeBron’s 2010 MVP season was one of the best all around seasons of all time. In LeBron’s last season as a Cavalier, he averaged 30 ppg, 7 rpg, and 9apg. These numbers are incredible considering the little help that LeBron got in those years as a Cav. LeBron led the team to a record of 61-21. If LeBron wasn’t on the team, I’m sure the Cavs record would have flipped to 21-61. LeBron also played some of the best defense he’s ever played. The Cavs lost to the Boston Celtics in the conference semifinals, but we have to give LeBron respect for taking this team to the 2nd round.

 

  1. Michael Jordan 1987-88

Michael Jordan had one of the most historic seasons ever. He averaged 35 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 6 apg. On top of all of that, he averaged 40 minutes per game, and he played all 82 games of the season. Michael Jordan also became one of the few select players to win Defensive Player Of The Year and MVP in the same season. He averaged 1.6 blocks and a league best 3.2 steals. The Bulls barely won 50 games that season and fell to the Pistons on the 2nd round. Without Jordan, this team would’ve barely made it to the playoffs. Michael Jordan had little to no help so we have to give him credit for making it to the 2nd round.

 

  1. Wilt Chamberlain 1959-60

In the 59-60 season, Wilt Chamberlain averaged 37 ppg, 27 rpg, and 2 apg. People often say that Wilt’s competition was easy and that considering his insane height, weight, and speed, he should have no problem averaging 37 ppg. In my opinion, there is some truth to that, but it really doesn’t matter, 37 ppg and 27 rpg is ground breaking. Not to mention he also averaged 50 ppg on another occasion, only this time, Bill Russell won MVP instead of him. Wilt led the warriors to a 49-26 record. Without Wilt, the Warriors would just be another regular average NBA team.

 

  1.  Kareem Abdul Jabbar 1971-72

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, formerly known as Lewis Alcindor, more than made up for Oscar Robertson’s decline by averaging 35 ppg, 16.6 rpg, and 4.6 apg. On top of averaging 35 ppg, he also shot an amazing 57% from the field. Kareem was also a great defensive player. With his great defense and amazing offense, he had to win the MVP that season. The Bucks also finished with a 63-19 record leading the east. Even though they lost to the NBA champions LA Lakers, they still had a great overall season.