NBA MVP winners since 2002
The MVP has been awarded since 1955 and was named after Maurice Podoloff, who was the NBA Commissioner from 1946-63. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar has won the award a record-setting six times.
Duncan wins back-to-back
Tim Duncan won his first NBA MVP award in 2001-02 after averaging a career-high 25.5 points per game to go along with 12.7 rebounds per game. Duncan joined David Robinson as the only Spur to win the award. The following season Duncan won the MVP once again. He averaged 23.3 points per game and a career-high 12.9 rebounds per game. Duncan led the Spurs to the NBA Championship that season as they beat the Nets in the NBA Finals. He averaged 24.2 points and 17 rebounds in six games and was named Finals MVP.
Kevin Garnett makes T'Wolves history
Kevin Garnett became the first Minnesota Timberwolves player to win the NBA MVP in 2003-04. He averaged a career-high 24.2 points and 13.9 rebounds per game. Garnett led the T'Wolves to the Western Conference Finals where they were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Nash wins consecutive MVPs
Steve Nash won back-to-back MVP awards from 2004-06 and averaged a double-double over the two seasons. In 2004-05, Nash averaged 15.5 points and 11.5 assists per game and in 2005-06, he averaged 18.8 points and 10.5 assists per game. Nash is one of three-foreign born players and the first Canadian player to win the MVP.
Nowitzki leads Mavericks to historic season
In 2006-07, Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks to a franchise-record 67 wins and the best record in the NBA. Nowitzki averaged 24.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. The Mavericks were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the first round in six games.
Kobe finally gets his
In 2007-08, Kobe Bryant finally got his lone MVP award. The five-time NBA champion averaged 28.3 points, 5.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds while leading the Lakers to a 57-25 record and first place in the Western Conference. The Lakers lost to the Celtics in the NBA Finals in six games.
First of many
After five seasons in the league, LeBron James won his first MVP award. James averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 2008-09. He led the Cavaliers to a league-best 66-16 record, but the playoffs ended in disappointment as the Cavs lost to the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. The following season James was at it again. He averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game and won his second consecutive MVP award. The Cavaliers finished the season 61-21, but once again struggled in the playoffs and lost to the Celtics in six games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
In 2010-11, 22-year-old Derrick Rose became the youngest player ever to win the NBA MVP. Rose averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game and led the Bulls to a 62-20 record and No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat eliminated the Bulls in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
For the second time in LeBron James' career, he won back-to-back MVP awards. From 2011-13, James was given the award as a member of the Miami Heat. He averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 2011-12 and led the Heat to the NBA Finals where they would beat the Thunder in five games. In 2012-13, James averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. He helped the Heat to a 27-game win streak, which is the second longest streak in NBA history. The season culminated with a NBA Finals victory over the Spurs in seven games.
Durant gets his
Kevin Durant claimed his first MVP after averaging a career-high 32 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Durant led the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals where they were eliminated by the eventual champion Spurs in six games.
After averaging 23.8 points and 7.7 assists during the 2014-15 season, and leading the Warriors to the No. 1 seed in the West, Steph Curry earned his first career MVP. He received 100 of 130 first place votes. James Harden finished second.
In one of the most remarkable seasons in NBA history, Steph Curry raised his points per game to 30.1 and made a record 402 3-pointers during the season, shattering his mark of 286 from 2014-15. In a highly-anticipated balloting, Curry received all 131 first-place votes, becoming the first unanimous MVP in league history.