There have been many great players in the NBA over the years. Many of these players have won MVP Awards, which is an honor given to the player who is considered the most valuable player in the league.
Some people might argue who the best player in NBA history is. However, there is no debate about who has won the most MVP Awards. That honor goes to Michael Jordan who won five MVP awards during his career.
10 Best MVP Seasons in NBA History
10. Allen Iverson (2000 and 2001)
If you want to remember the best season of Allen Iverson’s life, the one from 1999-2000 is it. Allen Iverson, who is 6’0″ and weighs about 170 pounds, helped the Philadelphia 76ers get the best seed in the Eastern Conference.
The 6-footer led the 76ers to a record 56 wins. In December and January, Iverson scored 40 points on 15 different days.
The show Iverson put on was, in a word, a one-man show. Because he was so important to the team’s well-being, he is an example of what it means to be an MVP. Check out the following: Next in line: The Sixers’ next highest scorer averaged only 12.4 points per game, 18.7 points less than Allen Iverson averaged per game.
Perhaps the best player in NBA history is him. Even so, Iverson was the best player in the league during the 1999-2000 season. That’s why.
9. Wilt Chamberlain (1966-1967)
Wilt Chamberlain did not have the best statistical season in 1966-67, but he still had a lot of great stats. It was amazing because he became more efficient, helped his team win, and played better as a whole.
With his great scoring and rebounding skills, Chamberlain was a big name in the NBA (along with being a Big Man in The NBA). He finished with third-most assists at the end of the season. He was the league leader in rebounding, minutes played, and PER, and he had a top-five scoring rate.
Chamberlain gave up his demanding ways both on and off the court, and he had a lot of success. Many people don’t know how well-rounded his game is, but it was clear during his MVP season.
8. LeBron James (2008-2009)
There were a lot of good things about James in the NBA. He was first in points per game, second in scoring, and in the top ten in assists, steals, and other things. The second best PER ever since the merger is his, and it’s been that way ever since.
The King did everything, once again proving that he is everywhere. Many people didn’t expect James to lead the Cavaliers in every major category, including points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks.
Since that season, James has shown off all of his skills. However, it wasn’t until the 2008-09 season that he started to show off his skills in a big way.
7. Oscar Robertson (1963-1964)
As of now, Oscar Robertson is the only player in the NBA to average a triple-double throughout a whole season. This happened during the 1963-64 season when the Big O came within 0.01 rebounds per game of that figure. This is what happened.
A player who averaged a triple-double in his first five years, he only won the MVP once. Robertson’s overall stats are weird, as well. Even so, Robertson’s ability to win the award in an era when Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain were the best basketball players is a sign of his skills.
Robertson is still widely thought to be the best player in NBA history, no matter what. He showed that he could do everything during his MVP season.
6. Michael Jordan (1995 to 1996)
Jordan’s return to the NBA is hard to understand. In 1995, after the tragic loss of his wonderful father, he came back from a short period of playing baseball and then lost in The NBA playoffs. He told the other team to enjoy their win because it won’t happen again, and he came back with a vengeance in 1996, leading the Bulls to a 41-3 start. In addition, the veteran helped the Chicago Bulls set an NBA record with 72 wins and only 10 losses in the regular season.
Jordan’s return to basketball could not have been better. By setting many records in his first full season back with the team, he once again showed why he is thought as the best basketball player of all time.
It was not one of his best statistical years in 1995-1996. However, given the circumstances and how he came back with such a short time to train in, this MVP campaign was even more impressive. As evidenced by their record, many people think that the 1996 Bulls team is the best.
5. LeBron James (2012-2013)
LeBron again… LeBron James had a very efficient season in 2012-13, and he did very well.
James was on a six-game streak where he scored 30 or more points on 60% of his shots. NBA history: The Miami Heat won 27 games in a row during that time, which is the second-longest streak in NBA history.
In addition, he came in second in the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year poll. However, if the coaches had their way, he would have been the winner. As for the media, only they can only for the Defensive Player of the Year. Coaches get to vote for all defensive teams. James got the most votes from the coaches.
His impressive 2012-13 season shows how great he is all around.
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1971-1972)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar used to be known as Lew Alcindor. When he was 24, he won the MVP award with the Milwaukee Bucks, when he was 24 years old. His points per game and attempts at free throws, and field goals were the best of his life.
In the NBA, Abdul-Jabbar rose to the top of the front court after Bill Russell retired and Wilt Chamberlain fell. He and Abdul-Jabbar formed a dangerous pair, and the two helped Milwaukee win 63 games in 1971-72.
It was also a mistake that the NBA didn’t start keeping track of blocked shots until two years after Abdul-Jabbar was one of the league’s best shot blockers. He is the NBA’s all-time top scorer and the winner of the most MVP awards (six). He scored the most points in 1971-72, but it was just the start of a 20-year career that was full of greatness.
3. Shaquille O’Neal (1999-2000)
In Shaquille O’Neal’s 1999-2000 season, he was just one vote away from being named MVP.
Among NBA players, the Big Diesel was the best scorer, field goal shooter, highest free throw shooter, field goal percentage, and total rebounder in the league. Shaq came in fourth in the number of field goals he tried, even though he had the most shots on the field. This shows how efficient he is.
O’Neal blocked three shots per game average and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. He was third in the NBA in blocked shots. Because he was a great player both on the field and off it, he quickly rose to the top of the league.
When O’Neal was the MVP. The Lakers had the best record in the NBA, going 67-15.
O’Neal’s MVP season is still one of the best in NBA history.
2. Wilt Chamberlain (1959-1960)
Another Wilt Chamberlain season. In the NBA, Wilt Chamberlain had some of the strangest stats, like how many points he scored.
When he played his first game in the NBA, he scored 43 points and had 28 rebounds. There were no signs that he was new to the league. Besides that, he was the league’s best player in minutes per game, PER, and free throws made.
As a result, the Philadelphia Warriors’ 49-26 record changed right away because of him.
“Wilt the Stilt’s” first season was not only the start of a great career but also one of his best. When you think about how great he was, you should also think about how the entire game changed at the time.
He is one of the best players in the history of the game, and his rookie season is one of the best MVP seasons in the history of the game.
1. Michael Jordan
During the 1987-88 season, Michael Jordan was only in his fourth year of professional basketball. He dominated the game.
Jordan led the NBA in points per game by almost five points because he shot 53.5 percent of the time and was very good at it. This isn’t all, though. He also led the league in making field goals, free throw attempts, and sacks. Everyone was watching him that season and waited for the playoffs with anticipation.
No… he didn’t win an NBA championship this year. Not yet. He lost to the Pistons for the first time in three years, which is why he didn’t win one. Everyone was saying how the Eastern Conference playoffs between the Bulls and Pistons were tougher than the actual NBA Championship games. And those games were intense. At the time, many of the games were played in the middle of the day on weekdays so it was tougher to catch those games. It’s so much better (and easier) having games at night now.
Jordan is the only player in NBA history to win both the scoring and defense MVP awards in the same season.
While most people think of Jordan’s later years as the most memorable, his 1987-88 season is what a true MVP season should look like. It was phenomenal. You can see more about it by checking out The Last Dance series on Netflix.com
The NBA has had some amazing players over the years, and they have all had great MVP seasons. While some players are more remembered than others, all of these players had amazing seasons that made them who they were. So, who was the best…