Discrediting the NBA MVP Award

Discussion in 'Basketball Talk' started by SportsChump, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. SportsChump

    SportsChump Well-Known

    Kenny Smith tells one of my favorite NBA stories.

    It was May 1995 and San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson had just been awarded his first and only regular season MVP. Later that evening, in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals, the top-seeded Spurs were slated to play the sixth-seeded Houston Rockets, led by the previous year’s MVP Hakeem Olajuwon.

    Olajuwon was, by most accounts, the better of the two centers yet Robinson was that year’s consensus MVP, garnering 73 first place votes. Shaquille O’Neal, only 22 years old at that point, finished second in that year’s voting, Olajuwon finished fifth.

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  2. TJ

    TJ Dez Caught It

    Yeah, I remember that. Olajuwon's revenge tour was epic in the 95 playoffs.

    Then it happened again in 97. They gave the MVP to Karl Malone, and Michael Jordan (SAY IT WITH ME!!!!) took it personally. The rest is history.
  3. SportsChump

    SportsChump Well-Known


    Can't help but wonder, if they keep doing this, does it ultimately diminish the award... or at least does it come with the dreaded asterisk?
  4. TJ

    TJ Dez Caught It

    Voters need to realize it's not about them. It's about the players. So what if Jordan won every MVP in the 90s? "Voter fatigue" is a lame excuse, IMO.
  5. SportsChump

    SportsChump Well-Known

    Fair point, sir.

    One of my readers said LeBron didn't get votes because they're over him.

    Like that's a reason.
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  6. TJ

    TJ Dez Caught It

    A few months ago I was discussing this with a friend...maybe retroactively give the MVP by decade:

    Jordan in the 90s
    Kobe in the 00s
    LeBron in the 10s
  7. SportsChump

    SportsChump Well-Known

    That's interesting, Teej...

    To make it more inclusive, maybe the NBA should come up with an all-decade team.

    Now you got my brain working. Well, that and the coffee.
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  8. TJ

    TJ Dez Caught It

    They...don't have all-decade teams? I had no idea...I just assumed it did, like the NFL.