LOS ANGELES - MAY 4: Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns puts his arm in front of Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers in game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2006 NBA Playoffs on May 4, 2006 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Suns defeated the Lakers 126-118 in overtime to tie the series 3-3. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

I didn’t include anyone before the 70’s, mainly because their stats are so insane I’d have to include 4-5 per year. And this took forever to type out as already. But that does include Wilt averaging over 50 points a game and Oscar averaging a triple double. Plus the voting system was player based in those days.

Seasons are displayed chronologically.

  • Jerry West 69/70: 31.2 pts | 4.6 reb | 7.5 ast | (.497 0 .824)
    Lost to Willis Reed
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 72/73: 30.2 pts | 16.1 reb | 5.0 ast | (.554 0 .713)
    Lost to Dave Cowens
  • Tiny Archibald 72/73: 34.0 pts | 2.8 reb | 11.4 ast (.488 0 .847)
    Lost to Dave Cowens
  • Bob McAdoo 73/74: 30.6 pts | 15.3 reb | 2.3 ast | 1.2 stl | 3.3 blk (.547 .753)
    Lost to Kareem
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 74/75: 30.0 pts | 14 reb | 4.1 ast | 1 stl | 3.3 blk (.513 0 .763)
    Lost to Bob McAdoo
  • Rick Barry 74/75: 30.6 pts | 5.7 reb | 6.2 ast | 2.9 stl (.464 0 .904)
    Lost to Bob McAdoo
  • Bob McAdoo 75/76: 31.1 pts | 12.4 reb | 4 ast | 1.2 stl | 2.1 blk (.487 0 .762)
    Lost to Kareem
  • Michael Jordan 86/87: 37.1 pts | 5.2 reb | 4.6 ast | 2.9 stl | 1.5 blk (.482 .182 .857)
    Lost to Magic Johnson
  • Larry Bird 86/87: 28.1 pts | 9.2 reb | 7.6 ast | 1.8 stl | .9 blk (.525 .400 .910)
    Lost to Magic Johnson
  • Larry Bird 87/88: 29.9 pts | 9.3 reb | 6.1 ast | 1.6 stl | .8 blk (.527 .414 .916)
    Lost to Michael Jordan
  • Michael Jordan 88/89: 32.5 pts | 8.0 reb | 8.0 ast | 2.9 stl | .8 blk (.528 .276 .850)
    Lost to Magic Johnson
  • Michael Jordan 89/90: 33.6 pts | 6.9 reb | 6.3 ast | 2.8 stl (.526 .376 .848)
    Lost to Magic Johnson
  • Karl Malone 89/90: 31.0 pts | 11.1 reb | 2.8 ast | 1.5 stl (.562 .372 .762)
    Lost to Magic Johnson
  • Patrick Ewing 89/90: 28.6 pts | 10.9 reb | 1.0 stl | 4.0 blk | (.551 .250 .775)
    Lost to Magic Johnson
  • Michael Jordan 92/93: 32.6 pts | 6.7 reb | 5.5 ast | 2.8 stl (.495 .352 .837)
    Lost to Charles Barkley
  • David Robinson 93/94: 29.8 pts | 10.7 | 4.8 | 1.7 stl | 3.3 blk (.507 .345 .749)
    Lost to Hakeem
  • Shaq O’Neal 93/94: 29.3 pts | 13.2 reb | 2.4 ast | 0.9 stl | 2.9 blk (.600 0 .554)
    Lost to Hakeem
  • Shaq O’Neal 94/95: 29.3 pts | 11.4 reb | 2.7 ast | 1 stl | 2.4 blk (.583 0 .533)
    Lost to David Robinson
  • David Robinson 95/96: 25.2 pts | 12.2 | 3 ast | 1.4 stl | 3.3 blk (.516 .833 .761)
    Lost to Michael Jordan
  • Hakeem Olajuwon 95/96: 26.9 pts | 10.9 | 3.6 | 1.6 stl | 2.9 blk (.514 .214 .724)
    Lost to Michael Jordan
  • Gary Payton 99/00: 24.2 pts | 6.5 reb | 8.9 ast | 2.0 stl (.448 .340 .735)
    Lost to Shaq
  • Chris Webber 00/01: 27.1 pts | 11.1 | 4.2 ast | 1.4 stl | 1.7 blk (.481 0 .703)
    Lost to Allen Iverson
  • Shaq O’Neal 00/01: 28.7 pts | 12.2 reb | 3.7 ast | 2.8 blk (.572 0 .513)
    Lost to Allen Iverson
  • Kobe Bryant 02/03: 30.0 pts | 6.9 reb | 6.0 ast | 2.2 stl | .8 blk (.451 .383 .843)
    Lost to Tim Duncan
  • Tracy McGrady 02/03: 32.5 pts | 6.5 reb | 5.5 ast | 1.7 stl | .8 blk (45 38 79)
    Lost to Tim Duncan
  • Kevin Garnett 02/03: 23.0 pts | 13.4 | 6.0 ast | 1.4 stl | 1.6 blk (.502 .282 .751)
    Lost to Tim Duncan
  • Allen Iverson 04/05: 30.7 pts | 4 reb | 7.9 ast | 2.4 stl | (.424 .308 .825)
    Lost to Steve Nash
  • Kobe Bryant 05/06: 35.4 pts | 5.3 reb | 4.5 ast | 1.8 ast (.450 .347 .850)
    Lost to Steve Nash
  • LeBron James 05/06: 31.4 pts | 7.0 reb | 6.6 ast | 1.6 stl | (.480 .335 .738)
    Lost to Steve Nash
  • Allen Iverson 05/06: 33.0 pts | 3.2 reb | 7.4 ast | 1.7 stl | (.447 .323 .824)
    Lost to Steve Nash
  • Kobe Bryant 06/07: 31.6 pts | 5.7 reb | 5.4 ast | 1.4 stl (.463 .344 .868)
    Lost to Dirk Nowitzki
  • LeBron James 07/08: 30.1 pts | 7.9 | 7.2 ast | 1.8 stl | 1.1 blk (.484 .315 .712)
    Lost to Kobe Bryant
  • Dwyane Wade 08/09: 30.2 pts | 5.0 reb | 7.0 ast | 2.2 stl | 1.3 blk (49 31 79)
    Lost to LeBron James
  • Chris Paul 08/09: 22.8 pts | 5.5 reb | 11.0 ast | 2.8 stls (.503 .364 .868)
    Lost to LeBron James
  • Kevin Durant 09/10: 30.1 pts | 7.6 reb | 2.8 ast | 1.4 stl | 1 blk (.476 .365 .900)
    Lost to LeBron
  • Kevin Durant 12/13: 28.1 pts | 7.9 reb | 4.6 ast | 1.4 stl | 1.3 blk (51 41.6 90.5)
    Lost to LeBron James
  • James Harden 14/15: 27.4 pts | 5.7 reb | 7.0 ast | 1.9 stls (.440 .375 .868)
    Lost to Steph Curry
  • James Harden 15/16: 29.0 pts | 6.1 reb | 7.5 ast | 1.7 stl (.439 .359 .860)
    Lost to Steph Curry

All stats has taken from Basketball Reference

I find it interesting that statistically, Hardens season last year was a little more impressive, yet he only came 9th in MVP voting. As opposed to the year before when he came 2nd. Shows how much narrative affects the award. But Harden did win Shaq’tin MVP last year. He seemed to have a lot of negative highlights throughout the year.

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