List of NBA MVP Award Winners

Immediately following the NBA regular season, a panel of sportswriters and sports broadcasters vote to decide who should receive the award for the National Basketball Association‘s Most Valuable Player.  Prior to 1981, the award was originally voted on by the NBA Players themselves, and starting in 2010, fan voting accounted for one ballot.  Each writer, broadcaster, and fan ballot on the panel casts a vote for their first through fifth place candidates for the NBA MVP.

  • First Place Vote = 10 Points
  • Second Place Vote = 7 Points
  • Third Place Vote = 5 Points
  • Fourth Place Vote = 3 Points
  • Fifth Place Vote = 1 Point

The player receiving the most points (not necessarily first place votes) wins the award.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the way with six NBA Most Valuable Player awards. Michael Jordan and Bill Russell have both won the award five times.

List of NBA MVP Award Winners

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2015–16 season was Stephen Curry, Guard for the Golden State Warriors

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2014–15 season was Stephen Curry, Guard for the Golden State Warriors

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2013–14 season was Kevin Durant, Forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2012–13 season was LeBron James, Forward for the Miami Heat

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2011–12 season was LeBron James, Forward for the Miami Heat


The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2010–11 season was Derrick Rose, Guard for the Chicago Bulls

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2009–10 season was LeBron James, Forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2008–09 season was LeBron James, Forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2007–08 season was Kobe Bryant, Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2006–07 season was Dirk Nowitzki, Forward for the Dallas Mavericks

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2005–06 season was Steve Nash, Guard for the Phoenix Suns

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2004–05 season was Steve Nash, Guard for the Phoenix Suns

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2003–04 season was Kevin Garnett, Forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2002–03 season was Tim Duncan, Forward/Center for the San Antonio Spurs

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2001–02 season was Tim Duncan, Forward/Center for the San Antonio Spurs


The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 2000–01 season was Allen Iverson, Guard for the Philadelphia 76ers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1999–00 season was Shaquille O’Neal, Center for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1998–99 season was Karl Malone, Forward for the Utah Jazz

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1997–98 season was Michael Jordan, Guard for the Chicago Bulls

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1996–97 season was Karl Malone, Forward for the Utah Jazz

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1995–96 season was Michael Jordan, Guard for the Chicago Bulls

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1994–95 season was David Robinson, Center for the San Antonio Spurs

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1993–94 season was Hakeem Olajuwon, Center for the Houston Rockets

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1992–93 season was Charles Barkley, Forward for the Phoenix Suns

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1991–92 season was Michael Jordan, Guard for the Chicago Bulls


The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1990–91 season was Michael Jordan, Guard for the Chicago Bulls

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1989–90 season was Magic Johnson, Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1988–89 season was Magic Johnson, Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1987–88 season was Michael Jordan, Guard for the Chicago Bulls

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1986–87 season was Magic Johnson, Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1985–86 season was Larry Bird, Forward for the Boston Celtics

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1984–85 season was Larry Bird, Forward for the Boston Celtics

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1983–84 season was Larry Bird, Forward for the Boston Celtics

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1982–83 season was Moses Malone, Center/Forward for the Philadelphia 76ers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1981–82 season was Moses Malone, Center/Forward for the Houston Rockets


The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1980–81 season was Julius Erving, Forward for the Philadelphia 76ers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1979–80 season was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Center for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1978–79 season was Moses Malone, Center/Forward for the Houston Rockets

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1977–78 season was Bill Walton, Center for the Portland Trail Blazers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1976–77 season was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Center for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1975–76 season was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Center for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1974–75 season was Bob McAdoo, Forward/Center for the Buffalo Braves

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1973–74 season was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Center for the Milwaukee Bucks

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1972–73 season was Dave Cowens, Center for the Boston Celtics

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1971–72 season was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Center for the Milwaukee Bucks


The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1970–71 season was Lew Alcindor, Center for the Milwaukee Bucks

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1969–70 season was Willis Reed, Center/Forward for the New York Knicks

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1968–69 season was Wes Unseld, Center/Forward for the Baltimore Bullets

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1967–68 season was Wilt Chamberlain, Center for the Philadelphia 76ers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1966–67 season was Wilt Chamberlain, Center for the Philadelphia 76ers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1965–66 season was Wilt Chamberlain, Center for the Philadelphia 76ers

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1964–65 season was Bill Russell, Center for the Boston Celtics

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1963–64 season was Oscar Robertson, Guard for the Cincinnati Royals

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1962–63 season was Bill Russell, Center for the Boston Celtics

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1961–62 season was Bill Russell, Center for the Boston Celtics


The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1960–61 season was Bill Russell, Center for the Boston Celtics

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1959–60 season was Wilt Chamberlain, Center for the Philadelphia Warriors

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1958–59 season was Bob Pettit, Forward for the St. Louis Hawks

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1957–58 season was Bill Russell, Center for the Boston Celtics

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1956–57 season was Bob Cousy, Guard for the Boston Celtics

The Winner of the NBA MVP Award for the 1955–56 season was Bob Pettit, Forward for the St. Louis Hawks