NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

The National Basketball Association All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the player(s) voted best of the annual All-Star Game. The award was established in 1953 when NBA officials decided to designate an MVP for each year's game. The league also re-honored players from the previous two All-Star Games. Ed Macauley and Paul Arizin were selected as the 1951 and 1952 MVP winners respectively.[1] The voting is conducted by a panel of media members, who cast their vote after the conclusion of the game. The player(s) with the most votes or ties for the most votes wins the award.[2] No All-Star Game MVP was named in 1999 since the game was canceled due to the league's lockout.[3] As of 2019, the most recent recipient is Golden State Warrior forward Kevin Durant.

Bob Pettit and Kobe Bryant are the only two players to win the All-Star Game MVP four times. Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, and LeBron James have each won the award three times, while Bob Cousy, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant have all won the award twice. James' first All-Star MVP in 2006 made him the youngest to have ever won the award at the age of 21 years, 1 month. Kyrie Irving, winner of the 2014 All-Star Game MVP, is the second-youngest at 21 years, 10 months. They are notable as being the two youngest to win the award, both as Cleveland Cavaliers.[4][5] Four of the games had joint winners—Elgin Baylor and Pettit in 1959, John Stockton and Malone in 1993, O'Neal and Tim Duncan in 2000, and O'Neal and Bryant in 2009. O'Neal became the first player in All-Star history to share two MVP awards as well as the first player to win the award with multiple teams. The Los Angeles Lakers have had eleven winners while the Boston Celtics have had eight. Duncan of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Irving of Australia are the only winners not born in the United States. Both Duncan and Irving[a] are American citizens, but are considered "international" players by the NBA because they were not born in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C.[6] No player trained entirely outside the U.S. has won the award; Irving lived in the U.S. since age two, and Duncan played U.S. college basketball at Wake Forest.

Bob Pettit (1958, 1959) and Russell Westbrook (2015, 2016) are the only players to win consecutive awards. Pettit (1956), Bob Cousy (1957), Wilt Chamberlain (1960), Bill Russell (1963), Oscar Robertson (1964), Willis Reed (1970), Dave Cowens (1973), Michael Jordan (1988, 1996, 1998), Magic Johnson (1990), Shaquille O'Neal (2000), and Allen Iverson (2001) all won the All-Star Game MVP and the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season; Jordan is the only player to do this multiple times.[7] 14 players have won the award playing for the team that hosted the All-Star Game: Macauley (1951), Cousy (1957), Pettit (1958, 1962), Chamberlain (1960), Adrian Smith (1966), Rick Barry (1967), Jerry West (1972), Tom Chambers (1987), Michael Jordan (1988), Karl Malone (1993), John Stockton (1993), O'Neal (2004, 2009), Bryant (2011) and Davis (2017); Pettit and O'Neal did this multiple times. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the distinction of playing in the most All-Star Games (18) without winning the All-Star Game MVP, while Adrian Smith won the MVP in his only All-Star Game.

Winners

Wilt Chamberlain Bill Russell
Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell (left) won the award in the 1963 NBA All-Star Game. Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain (center) won the award in the 1960 NBA All-Star Game.
Jordan Lipofsky
Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan won the award three times in his career.
Barkley Lipofsky
Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley won the award in the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.
Lipofsky Shaquille O'Neal
Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O'Neal has won the award three times in his career. He is also the oldest MVP ever, at 36 years and 346 days old.
Kobe Bryant Washington
Kobe Bryant has won the award a record four times in his career, a feat he shares with Bob Pettit.
Lebronred
LeBron James was the youngest player to ever win the award at 21 years and 51 days old and is the all-time leader in points scored in NBA All-Star Game history.[8]
Kyrie Irving (10355742694)
Kyrie Irving won the award in his second All-Star game in 2014
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the MVP award
Team (X) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has won
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1951 Ed Macauley* Center/Forward  United States Boston Celtics
1952 Paul Arizin* Forward/Guard  United States Philadelphia Warriors
1953 George Mikan* Center  United States Minneapolis Lakers
1954 Bob Cousy* Guard  United States Boston Celtics (2)
1955 Bill Sharman* Guard  United States Boston Celtics (3)
1956 Bob Pettit* Forward/Center  United States St. Louis Hawks
1957 Bob Cousy* (2) Guard  United States Boston Celtics (4)
1958 Bob Pettit* (2) Forward/Center  United States St. Louis Hawks (2)
1959[b] Elgin Baylor* Forward  United States Minneapolis Lakers (2)
Bob Pettit* (3) Forward/Center  United States St. Louis Hawks (3)
1960 Wilt Chamberlain* Center  United States Philadelphia Warriors (2)
1961 Oscar Robertson* Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals
1962 Bob Pettit* (4) Forward/Center  United States St. Louis Hawks (4)
1963 Bill Russell* Center  United States Boston Celtics (5)
1964 Oscar Robertson* (2) Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals (2)
1965 Jerry Lucas* Forward/Center  United States Cincinnati Royals (3)
1966 Adrian Smith Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals (4)
1967 Rick Barry* Forward  United States San Francisco Warriors (3)
1968 Hal Greer* Guard/Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1969 Oscar Robertson* (3) Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals (5)
1970 Willis Reed* Center/Forward  United States New York Knicks
1971 Lenny Wilkens* Guard  United States Seattle SuperSonics
1972 Jerry West* Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (3)
1973 Dave Cowens* Center/Forward  United States Boston Celtics (6)
1974 Bob Lanier* Center  United States Detroit Pistons
1975 Walt Frazier* Guard  United States New York Knicks (2)
1976 Dave Bing* Guard  United States Washington Bullets
1977 Julius Erving* Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers (2)
1978 Randy Smith Guard/Forward  United States Buffalo Braves
1979 David Thompson* Guard/Forward  United States Denver Nuggets
1980 George Gervin* Guard/Forward  United States San Antonio Spurs
1981 Nate Archibald* Guard  United States Boston Celtics (7)
1982 Larry Bird* Forward  United States Boston Celtics (8)
1983 Julius Erving* (2) Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers (3)
1984 Isiah Thomas* Guard  United States Detroit Pistons (2)
1985 Ralph Sampson* Center/Forward  United States Houston Rockets
1986 Isiah Thomas* (2) Guard  United States Detroit Pistons (3)
1987 Tom Chambers Forward/Center  United States Seattle SuperSonics (2)
1988 Michael Jordan* Guard  United States Chicago Bulls
1989 Karl Malone* Forward  United States Utah Jazz
1990 Magic Johnson* Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (4)
1991 Charles Barkley* Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers (4)
1992 Magic Johnson* (2) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (5)
1993[b] John Stockton* Guard  United States Utah Jazz (2)
Karl Malone* (2) Forward  United States Utah Jazz (3)
1994 Scottie Pippen* Forward  United States Chicago Bulls (2)
1995 Mitch Richmond* Guard  United States Sacramento Kings (6)
1996 Michael Jordan* (2) Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (3)
1997 Glen Rice Forward  United States Charlotte Hornets
1998 Michael Jordan* (3) Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (4)
1999 Not awarded as the game was canceled due to the league's lockout.[3]
2000[b] Shaquille O'Neal* Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers (6)
Tim Duncan Forward/Center  United States[c] San Antonio Spurs (2)
2001 Allen Iverson* Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers (5)
2002 Kobe Bryant Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (7)
2003 Kevin Garnett Forward/Center  United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2004 Shaquille O'Neal* (2) Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers (8)
2005 Allen Iverson* (2) Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers (6)
2006 LeBron James^ [d] Forward  United States Cleveland Cavaliers
2007 Kobe Bryant (2) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (9)
2008 LeBron James^ (2) Forward  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (2)
2009[b] Kobe Bryant (3) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (10)
Shaquille O'Neal* (3) [e] Center  United States Phoenix Suns
2010 Dwyane Wade Guard  United States Miami Heat
2011 Kobe Bryant (4) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (11)
2012 Kevin Durant^ Forward  United States Oklahoma City Thunder (3)
2013 Chris Paul^ Guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers (2)
2014 Kyrie Irving^ Guard  United States[a] Cleveland Cavaliers (3)
2015 Russell Westbrook^ Guard  United States Oklahoma City Thunder (4)
2016 Russell Westbrook^ (2) Guard  United States Oklahoma City Thunder (5)
2017 Anthony Davis^ Forward/Center  United States New Orleans Pelicans
2018 LeBron James^ (3) Forward  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (4)
2019 Kevin Durant^ (2) Forward  United States Golden State Warriors (4)

Multi-time winners

Player Team No. Years
Bob Pettit St. Louis Hawks 4 1956, 1958, 1959, 1962
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals 3 1961, 1964, 1969
Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 1988, 1996, 1998
Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix Suns
2000, 2004, 2009
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 2006, 2008, 2018
Bob Cousy Boston Celtics 2 1954, 1957
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers 1977, 1983
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons 1984, 1986
Karl Malone Utah Jazz 1989, 1993
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 1990, 1992
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 2001, 2005
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 2015, 2016
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
Golden State Warriors
2012, 2019

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Kyrie Irving was born in Australia to American parents who returned to the U.S. when he was two years old. He has dual U.S. and Australian citizenship, but has represented the United States internationally.[11]
  2. ^ a b c d Denotes All-Star Games in which joint winners were named
  3. ^ Because Tim Duncan is a United States citizen by birth, as are all natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands,[9] he was able to play for the U.S. internationally.[10]
  4. ^ James, at 21 years and 51 days old, is the youngest All-Star Game MVP in NBA history.
  5. ^ O'Neal, at 36 years and 346 days old, is the oldest All-Star Game MVP in NBA history.

References

General
  • "All-Star Game: Year-by-Year Results". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
Specific
  1. ^ Steve Popper (February 5, 1998). "N.B.A. All-Star Weekend; Macauley's '51 All-Star Honors Came Late (but He's Not Complaining)". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  2. ^ Howard-Cooper, Scott (February 12, 1990). "East Stars Put It Together, but Magic Has Hardware Pro basketball: Laker guard earns MVP in losing effort as rest of his West teammates are shut down, 130-113". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Steele, David (December 9, 1998). "NBA Drops All-Stars – What's Left? February game in Philly latest casualty of lockout". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 17, 2008.
  4. ^ "King-Sized Rally Propels East to Victory". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved April 25, 2009.
  5. ^ Boyer, Mary (February 17, 2014). "Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star MVP Kyrie Irving has his moment – with advice from LeBron James". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Bargnani becomes first European top NBA draft pick". People's Daily Online. June 29, 2006. Retrieved June 16, 2008.
  7. ^ "NBA & ABA Most Valuable Player Award Winners". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  8. ^ NBA All-Star Game Career Leaders | Basketball-Reference.com
  9. ^ "Virgin Islands". CIA World Factbook. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  10. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: D". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on August 28, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2008.
  11. ^ Ward, Roy (July 3, 2013). "Irving a must for Boomers in Rio: Bogut". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on February 17, 2014.
1950–51 NBA season

The 1950–51 NBA season was the fifth season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Rochester Royals winning the NBA Championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

1951 NBA All-Star Game

The 1951 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game played on March 2, 1951, at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Celtics. The game was the first edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 1950–51 NBA season. The idea of holding an All-Star Game was conceived during a meeting between NBA President Maurice Podoloff, NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen and Boston Celtics owner Walter A. Brown. At that time, the basketball world had just been stunned by the college basketball point-shaving scandal. In order to regain public attention to the league, Cohen suggested the league to host an exhibition game featuring the league's best players, similar to the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. Although most people, including Podoloff, were pessimistic about the idea, Brown remained confident that it would be a success. He even offered to host the game and to cover all the expenses or potential losses incurred from the game. The Eastern All-Stars team defeated the Western All-Stars team 111–94. Boston Celtics' Ed Macauley was named as the first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. The game became a success, drawing an attendance of 10,094, much higher than that season's average attendance of 3,500.

1952–53 Minneapolis Lakers season

The 1952-53 Minneapolis Lakers season was the fifth season for the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Lakers continued to be the dominant force in the league as they won the Western Division with a 48–22 record. In the playoffs, the Lakers would sweep the Indianapolis Olympians in 2 straight. In the Western Finals, the Lakers would win the first 2 games at home. Against the Fort Wayne Pistons, the Lakers were pushed to a 5th game. The series returned to Minneapolis, where the Lakers won the 5th game 74–58. In the Finals, the Lakers vanquished the New York Knickerbockers for their 2nd straight Championship, and 4th Championship overall in the franchise's first five seasons in the NBA.

1958–59 Minneapolis Lakers season

The 1958-59 Minneapolis Lakers season was the 11th season for the franchise in the NBA.The Lakers would make it to the NBA Finals, only to be swept by the Boston Celtics in four games.

1959–60 Philadelphia Warriors season

Overbrook High School phenom Wilt Chamberlain joined the Warriors. Chamberlain would have an immediate impact as he won the Rookie of the Year Award and the NBA Most Valuable Player.

He led the league in scoring and rebounds. He averaged 37.6 points per game and 27.0 rebounds per game. The Warriors finished in 2nd place with a 49–26 record. In the playoffs, the Warriors played the Syracuse Nationals. The Warriors beat them 2 games to 1. In the Eastern Finals, Chamberlain was matched against Bill Russell. In the end, the Boston Celtics would emerge victorious in 6 games.

1966–67 San Francisco Warriors season

The 1966–67 NBA season was the Warriors' 21st season in the NBA and 5th in the San Francisco Bay Area. They entered the season hoping to improve upon their previous season output of a 35–45 record. They did, finishing the season with a 44-37 record. The Warriors even made it to the NBA Finals, losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in 6 games.

1976–77 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 1976–77 NBA season was the 28th season for the franchise in the NBA. Just months earlier, the American Basketball Association had ended its ninth and last campaign and the two leagues combined. In a special $6 million deal, the Nets sold Julius Erving, the ABA's leading scorer, to the Philadelphia 76ers for $3 million. The other $3 million went to Erving, by way of a new contract. In Philadelphia, Erving joined another scoring machine, George McGinnis, who had come over earlier from the Indiana Pacers. This accumulation of talent brought talk of an immediate championship to Philadelphia.

The talented 76ers had posted the best record in the Eastern Conference with a record of 50–32. Gene Shue was the coach and his key players were Erving (the esteemed Dr. J), McGinnis and 6-foot-6 shooting guard Doug Collins. Other key contributors included point guard Henry Bibby and World B. Free. Caldwell Jones started at center with 20-year-old Darryl Dawkins, also known as "Chocolate Thunder," in a backup role. The reserve forwards were Steve Mix, Harvey Catchings and Joe Bryant. The Sixers beat the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, but lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 4–2, after winning the first 2 games.

1984–85 Houston Rockets season

The 1984–85 Houston Rockets season saw the Rockets draft Hakeem Olajuwon. He was selected to play in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game.

In the playoffs, the Rockets lost to the Utah Jazz in five games in the First Round.

2013–14 NBA season

The 2013–14 NBA season was the 68th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, with the Indiana Pacers hosting a game against the Orlando Magic followed by the 2012–13 NBA champions Miami Heat hosting a game against the Chicago Bulls followed by the Los Angeles Lakers hosting a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The 2014 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 16, 2014, at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Cleveland's Kyrie Irving won the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. The regular season ended on April 16, 2014, and the playoffs began on Saturday, April 19, 2014, and ended on June 15, 2014, with the San Antonio Spurs defeating the Miami Heat in five games to win the 2014 NBA Finals.

2014–15 NBA season

The 2014–15 NBA season was the 69th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA draft took place on June 26, 2014, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Andrew Wiggins was selected first overall. The regular season began on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, when the defending NBA champions San Antonio Spurs hosted the first game against the Dallas Mavericks. The 2015 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the West defeating the East 163-158. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook won the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. The regular season ended on Wednesday April 15, 2015 and the playoffs began on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and ended with the 2015 NBA Finals on June 16, 2015, after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games to win their fourth NBA title. The Charlotte Bobcats played their first official game as the Charlotte Hornets since 2002.

Chris Paul

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, an NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, two Olympic gold medals, and led the NBA in assists four times and steals six times. He has also been selected to nine NBA All-Star teams, eight All-NBA teams, and nine NBA All-Defensive teams.

Paul was a McDonald's All-American in high school. He attended Wake Forest University for two years of college basketball, where he helped the Demon Deacons achieve their first-ever number one ranking. He was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, where he developed into one of the league's premier players, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2008. During the 2011 offseason, Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, only for the transaction to be controversially voided by the NBA. Later that summer, he was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers instead. Behind Paul's playmaking, the Clippers developed a reputation for their fast-paced offense and spectacular alley-oop dunks, earning them the nickname "Lob City". In 2017, he was traded to the Houston Rockets, and helped the team win a franchise-record 65 games in his debut season.

Off the court, Paul has served as the National Basketball Players Association president since August 2013. One of the highest-paid athletes in the world, he holds endorsement deals with companies such as Nike and State Farm.

List of NBA All-Star vote leaders

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List of Oklahoma City Thunder accomplishments and records

The Oklahoma City Thunder is a professional American basketball franchise based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It plays in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise was the Seattle SuperSonics from 1967 to 2008 until relocated to Oklahoma City. The team plays its home games at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder is owned by Professional Basketball Club LLC and coached by Billy Donovan, with Sam Presti as its General Manager. All records and achievements shown have been accomplished in Oklahoma City.

This is a list of the accomplishments and records of the Oklahoma City Thunder following their move from Seattle, Washington where they were known as the Seattle SuperSonics. For the SuperSonics accomplishments and records see Seattle SuperSonics Records The club is an American professional basketball team currently playing in the National Basketball Association.

List of career achievements by Chris Paul

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NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award

The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award (formerly known as the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1969 NBA Finals. The award is decided by a panel of eleven media members, who cast votes after the conclusion of the Finals. The person with the highest number of votes wins the award. The award was originally a black trophy with a gold basketball-shaped sphere at the top, similar to the Larry O'Brien Trophy, until a new trophy was introduced in 2005 to commemorate Bill Russell.Since its inception, the award has been given to 31 players. Michael Jordan is a record six-time award winner. Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James won the award three times in their careers. Jordan and O'Neal are the only players to win the award in three consecutive seasons (Jordan accomplished the feat on two separate occasions). Johnson is the only rookie ever to win the award, as well as the youngest at 20 years old. Andre Iguodala is the only winner to have not started every game in the series. Jerry West, the first ever awardee, is the only person to win the award while being on the losing team in the NBA Finals. Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant won the award twice. Olajuwon, Durant, Bryant, and James have won the award in two consecutive seasons. Abdul-Jabbar, James and Leonard are the only players to win the award for two teams, while Leonard is the only player to have won the award in both conferences. Olajuwon of Nigeria, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1993, Tony Parker of France, and Dirk Nowitzki of Germany are the only international players to win the award. Duncan is an American citizen, but is considered an "international" player by the NBA because he was not born in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C. Parker and Nowitzki are the only winners to have been trained totally outside the U.S.; Olajuwon played college basketball at Houston and Duncan at Wake Forest. Cedric Maxwell is the only Finals MVP winner eligible for the Hall of Fame who has not been voted in.On February 14, 2009, during the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the award would be renamed the "Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award" in honor of 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell.

NBA G League All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

The NBA Development League All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) is an annual NBA Development League (D-League) award given since the 2006–07 season to the player voted best of the annual All-Star Game. The inaugural D-League All-Star Game was held in February 2007, and the inaugural All-Star Game MVP was Fort Worth Flyers forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu of the East team. By position, guards have dominated the award with five winners, followed by forwards and centers with three each.

NBA Most Valuable Player Award

The National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1955–56 season to the best performing player of the regular season. The winner receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, which is named in honor of the first commissioner (then president) of the NBA, who served from 1946 until 1963. Until the 1979–80 season, the MVP was selected by a vote of NBA players. Since the 1980–81 season, the award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

Each member of the voting panel casts a vote for first to fifth place selections. Each first-place vote is worth 10 points; each second-place vote is worth seven; each third-place vote is worth five, fourth-place is worth three and fifth-place is worth one. Starting from 2010, one ballot was cast by fans through online voting. The player with the highest point total wins the award. As of June 2019, the current holder of the award is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Every player who has won this award and has been eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has been inducted. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record six times. He is also the only player to win the award despite his team not making the playoffs back in the 1975–76 season. Both Bill Russell and Michael Jordan won the award five times, while Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James won the award four times. Russell and James are the only players to have won the award four times in five seasons. Moses Malone, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson each won the award three times, while Bob Pettit, Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash and Stephen Curry have each won it twice. Only two rookies have won the award: Chamberlain in the 1959–60 season and Wes Unseld in the 1968–69 season. Hakeem Olajuwon of Nigeria, Duncan of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nash of Canada, Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece are the only MVP winners considered "international players" by the NBA.Curry in 2015–16 is the only player to have won the award unanimously. Shaquille O'Neal in 1999–2000 and James in 2012–13 are the only two players to have fallen one vote shy of a unanimous selection, both receiving 120 of 121 votes. Since the 1975–76 season, only two players have been named MVP for a season in which their team failed to win at least 50 regular-season games—Moses Malone (twice, 1978–79 and 1981–82) and Russell Westbrook (2016–17).

Phoenix Suns accomplishments and records

This page details the all-time statistics, records, and other achievements pertaining to the Phoenix Suns.

WNBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

The Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) is an annual Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) award given to the player voted best of the annual All-Star Game. The all-star game began during the 1999 WNBA season, the third year of the WNBA. There was no game held in 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, or 2016.

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