In the 1959-60 NBA season, Wilt Chamberlain earned the award. In the 1969-70 NBA season, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar received the award. Larry Bird received the award during the 1979-1980 NBA season. During the 1984-85 NBA season, Michael Jordan earned the award. During the 1993-94 NBA season, Jason Kidd won the award.
Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to score 100 points in a game when he did it on January 31, 1960. He also holds the record for most points in a rookie season (1,972).
Abdul-Jabbar's career high 2,688 points scored remains one point away from Jerry West's NBA record for most points in a season. His 50.7 percent field goal percentage is also good for second all time behind Moses Malone's 51.5 percent in 1978-79.
Bird's consecutive triple doubles streak ended at 33 games when he didn't accomplish this feat in the 1980-81 season. His.532 field goal percentage is the lowest by an MVP winner.
Jordan's 91 victories are the most by a rookie quarterback and his 63 losses are the most by an MVP quarterback. His 3,000 points scored are the most by a rookie forward and his 244 rebounds are the most by a rookie center.
Malone was the NBA's top player in 1979, but it wasn't until 1981 that he made his first finals appearance, with the House Rockets. He has received three MVP honors. James received his first MVP title the same year when the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated all major categories, including points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals.
In 1978, the Boston Celtics' Larry Bird was the frontrunner for the first time, but he lost out to Malone during the season. The two rivals met in the finals, with Malone winning in six games. In 1979, both were at their best as they fought for their careers as well as their teams. The Portland Trail Blazers wanted to end the Lakers' dominance of the West, while the New York Knicks were looking for its first championship since 1970. Although the Knicks had the talent advantage, it was still a tough series to call. In the end, Portland won three games to two.
Malone outplayed Bird throughout most of the season, but when it came down to the last game of the season, they both reached 20 points per game simultaneously. However, it was Malone who got the nod from the referees because he had more assists (28 to 26). This award ceremony was held after each season to determine who would be the best player in the NBA. Until 1992, this honor was given out by the voters who work for ESPN. From 1993 to 1995, the winner was determined by which player received the most votes from members of the media.
Kyrie Irving of Cleveland was named NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. The regular season concluded on April 16, 2014, with the playoffs beginning on Saturday, April 19, 2014, and concluding on June 15, 2014, with the San Antonio Spurs defeating the Miami Heat in five games to win the 2014 NBA Finals.
Irving was awarded the MVP award by a vote of fans, coaches, and executives at ESPN.com. He became the first player from the Eastern Conference to win the award.
He averaged 26.4 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game this season. Irving set a new Cavaliers' record for most points in a game with 51 against the New York Knicks on March 13th.
Irving was also chosen as the winner of the 2014 John Bunn Trophy as the most valuable player in the NBA Development League. The award is given out annually by the league to its most outstanding performer.
Irving became only the second player in NBA history (the other being Kevin Durant) to score at least 25 points in each game of a playoff series. He did so with three different teams during the 2014 postseason.
Durant won the MVP award in 2011 when he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is now with the Golden State Warriors.
The Bucks won 20 consecutive games from February 6 to March 8, 1971, an NBA record (since broken). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's MVP, averaging 31.7 points per game. In second place was Milwaukee's Walt Frazier with 10 first-place votes.
Abdul-Jabbar became only the third player in NBA history to win the award in his first season with a new team, following Lew Alcindor (who changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1973 after converting to Islam) and Bill Russell. The other winner of this award who is not currently in the Hall of Fame is Ralph Sampson, who won in 1989 after one season with the New York Knicks.
Frazier was chosen over Boston's Bill Russell and Los Angeles' Shaquille O'Neal, who each had 10 first-place votes. The voters believed that Frazier had the best overall season out of these three candidates.
After losing in six games to Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971 NBA Finals, the Bucks went on to defeat the New York Knicks 4-3 in the 1972 NBA Finals, with Frazier winning the series MVP title.