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This thread is dedicated to the players who had the best seasons each year or were the Player of the Year. What is meant by Player of the Year (POY)? In the NBA, an award is given at the end of the regular season to the player who had the best regular season: The MVP. But why stop in the regular season when the playoffs are so significant? The POY is essentially the MVP of the regular season and playoffs, the MVP of the entire season. Clearly, an award like POY is more indicative of success. POY can also be viewed as the player who had the best or most accomplishing season.

I have mad a thread before on best player year-by-year. But this should clearly be distinguished from what we have here. This thread is about better season, while my other thread was better player. Key difference. Ultimately, a higher ranking in POY implies more career success and the player will be ranked higher all-time. Better season is probably more important than better player. Because this is what impacts your legacy, career, and all-time ranking the most.



Also note, the player output is different from my best player thread. There is not a ranking. Because the POY is sort of an 'award', and an award there are no rankings. In awards, there is the winner, the runner-up, and others that received an honorable mentions.

With all of that said, here my selections for POY year-by-year







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1950



George Mikan


Runner-Up: A.Groza

Honorable Mention: D.Schayes




The 1st official year of the NBA. The competition for POY was not very high during this time. There was a clear-cut winner, and his name was George Mikan. There was no MVP or Finals MVP given during this time, however I can say with full certainty he would have won both awards, making him almost a lock for POY. After him, for runner-up you could make an argument for either Groza or Schayes. Schayes did have more playoff success leading his team to the finals, though ultimately lost to Mikan's Lakers. Because of this I would not put him over Groza who clearly was a better player and had decent team success winning a division title.




1951



George Mikan


Runner-Up: A.Groza

Honorable Mention(s): B.Davies, A.Risen



The 2nd year of the NBA. The top spot goes to the same player. His team did not win the championship this year, but he would have been the MVP and most likely the DPOY as well. Overall his regular season was too dominant for anyone to overtake him. Then it gets a little more interesting. The Royals won the NBA Championship 1951. Davies was their best player, however Risen most likely would have been given the Finals MVP. Groza had another strong season, and neither Risen or Davies had a strong enough case over each other to beat Groza. Schayes season overall was not as good as the year before.




1952



George Mikan


Runner-Up: B.Cousy

Honorable Mention(s): P.Arizin, D.Schayes, J.Pollard



For the 3rd straight season, Mikan was worthy of the POY. He would once again have won MVP and Finals MVP leaving little debate about who was the POY. Cousy and Arizin were the new stars in the league having the 2nd and 3rd best season this year. One could make a case for Pollard, however Cousy and Arizin were too superior of players. Both Cousy and Arizin had the same playoff success (or failure), and though I would rank Arizin as the better player, Cousy did have more regular season team success giving him the overall edge here. He finished Top 5 in both points and assists.



1953



George Mikan


Runner-Up: B.Cousy

Honorable Mention(s): E.Macauley, D.Schayes


Make no mistake about it, Mkan was once again the POY. For the 4th straight year, and once again there was no debate about it. After this it was more debatable. Neil Johnston, Schayes, Cousy, and Macaueley all had an argument. However, Johnston's team struggled very badly (12-57), taking him out of the debate. Schayes on the other hand had a very forgettable playoffs but still a great overall regular season. Cousy I felt was more important to the Celtics success as he orchestrated the offense being Top 5 in the league in both points and assists again, thus giving Cousy the small edge over Macauley.




1954



George Mikan


Runner-Up: D.Schayes

Honorable Mention(s): B.Cousy, N.Johnston



Big surprise for everyone, Geroge Mikan was once again the POY. This was his 5th time being the POY. Though he wasn't as dominant as the past years, he still was great compared to the rest of the league. And another championship sealed the deal for him. After that Dolph was the choice, leading his team to the Finals and overall having a good season. This was the 1st time he was runner-up to the POY after previous honorable mentions. Cousy and Neil Johnston both received honorable mentions. Cousy with his combination of team and individual success, while Johnston was more just his pure individual dominance.




1955



Dolph Schayes


Runner-Up: B.Cousy

Honorable Mention(s): L.Foust, N.Johnston, B.Pettit



Mikan had left the league, however Pettit had arrived. Arizin was also back, keeping the league at a competitive state. The POY this year though had to go to Dolph Schayes. Winning the championship and most likely Finals MVP was the confirming factor for him. After that Bob Cousy had a spectacular regular season finishing 2nd in points and 1st in assists. The honorable mentions were given to Johnston, Foust, and Pettit, all big men. Johnston was the best player out of the 3, however both his and Pettit's teams did not even make playoffs, while Foust had All-NBA 1st honors and was 1 game away from winning the championship.



1956



Paul Arizin


Runner-Up: B.Pettit

Honorable Mention(s): B.Cousy, N.Johnston



Pettit had officially become a superstar in 1956 and won the NBA MVP. Paul Arizin finished 2nd, however the playoffs were all his as he led his team to the championship being the projected Finals MVP. He had a spectacular playoff run averaging 28.9ppg during the playoffs. After that Pettit's dominance get's the recognition it deserves. Both Cousy and Johnston got another honorable mention year. Cousy was Cousy, and Johnston was a big part of the Warriors championship team.



1957



Bob Cousy


Runner-Up: B.Pettit

Honorable Mention(s): B.Russell



The POY in 57' was Bob Cousy. He had finished runner-up 3 times before. In 1957, he won the NBA MVP and the championship on top of it, giving him enough allocades for the season to be called the POY. Russell had a shot at the POY as well, but missed far too many games due to injury for that. He would have been the Celtics Playoff and Finals MVP though. Another player that belonged amongst the best this season was Pettit. He was probably the best basketball player overall and took his team to the finals giving the Boston Celtics all they could handle. He got the slight edge over Russell because Bill missed too many games this season.



1958



Bob Pettit


Runner-Up: B.Russell

Honorable Mention(s): C.Hagans, D.Schayes




The POY 58 was Pettit's. He was superb in the regular season and eventually led his team to the NBA championship, would have been the most likely Finals MVP. After Pettit the clear runner-up was Russell. He won the NBA MVP and led his team to the Finals. At this point he was clearly the best player on the Boston Celtics. Schayes had another strong season and Haggans had an excellent playoff run winning the title and would have been the Hawk's playoff MVP.



1959



Bill Russell


Runner-Up: B.Pettit

Honorable Mention(s): E.Baylor, B.Cousy



For the 1st time in his career Bill Russell was the POY. This was well-deserved, he was the best players in the NBA by now and had led his team to the NBA championship making him an unanimous choice for best player. After him came Pettit the last year's POY. He had another strong season winning the MVP and being the clear-cut 2nd best player in the NBA. After him Baylor got recognition in his rookie year for taking his team to the Finals. Cousy also received honorable mention.

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1960



Bill Russell


Runner-Up: W.Chamberlain

Honorable Mention: B.Pettit, B.Cousy



For the 1st time since Mikan a player has won POY back to back years. This would be the 2nd time Russell takes this honor. Why? He had a spectacular regular season but winning the championship sealed the deal. He would easily have been given Finals MVP as well. Wilt Chamberlain was a clear choice for 2nd, he won the regular season MVP and was only defeated by the great Boston Celtics. Bob Pettit was given an honorable mention with another great season still very much in his prime. Cousy had yet another successful season and was given an honorable mention as well.





1961



Bill Russell


Runner-Up: B.Pettit

Honorable Mention(s): W.Chamberlain, E.Baylor



The 2nd year of the NBA. The top spot goes to the same player. His team did not win the championship this year, but he would have been the MVP and most likely the DPOY as well. Overall his regular season was too dominant for anyone to overtake him. Then it gets a little more interesting. The Royals won the NBA Championship 1951. Davies was their best player, however Risen most likely would have been given the Finals MVP. Groza had another strong season, and neither Risen or Davies had a strong enough case over each other to beat Groza. Schayes season overall was not as good as the year before.




1962



Bill Russell


Runner-Up: W.Chamberlain

Honorable Mention(s): E.Baylor, J.West, O.Robertson



Russell for the 2nd straight year was able to win MVP and lead his team to the championship as the best player. He would also have surely won Finals MVP. Such an accomplishing season like this nearly guarantees you the POY. Wilt Chamberlain was 2nd with the historic 50/26 season. Robertson, Baylor, and West also had very impressive seasons receiving honorable mentions. Any other year these 3 would be in the run for the top spot.



1963



Bill Russell


Runner-Up: E.Baylor

Honorable Mention(s): B.Pettit, W.Chamberlain, O.Robertson


Without a doubt, Bill Russell wins the POY again. This would be the 5th straight year he wins such an award, tying Mikan's record of 5 straight. He once again won MVP and once again led his team to the championship as the best player. After him comes Elgin Baylor who also had a strong year leading his team to the NBA finals as the best player. Robertson, Pettit, and Chamberlain all had good seasons in their own ways to receive honorable mentions. Wilt had great individual success but his team failed to make playoffs, while Pettit had the best team success out of the 3 but was not as dominant individually as Robertson or Chamberlain.




1964



Bill Russell


Runner-Up: W.Chamberlain

Honorable Mention(s): O.Robertson


This year was very close. Wilt Chamberlain was a better player than Russell this year, however I still felt Russell deserved POY. Why? Well once again Russell won yet another championship as the best player. What made this year closer was Wilt's individual dominance plus the fact he led his team to the Finals. However, he didn't perform as well as he should in the finals to have taken the top spot. Robertson received yet another honorable mention winning MVP over both Wilt and Russell this year. No other player was close to these 3 this season, thus I didn't even mention anyone else in the honorable mention list.




1965



Bill Russell


Runner-Up: J.West

Honorable Mention(s): W.Chamberlain, O.Robertson, S.Jones



Russell winning the MVP and leading his team to the championship again (would have won Finals MVP) once again locks his spot at the POY. Jerry West took the 2nd spot with great regular season, and averaging over 40 points per game in the playoffs leading his team to the finals. I felt like a strong regular season and playoffs was sufficient to bring West to the #2 position. Wilt had a weak regular season despite his individual dominance. Robertson had another good season and was mentioned like usual. Sam Jones got an honorable mention with a career year and a championship.



1966



Bill Russell


Runner-Up: W.Chamberlain

Honorable Mention(s): J.West, O.Robertson



Bill Russell once again takes the POY. Like 64', this year was particularly close. However, Bill Russell was either the best or 2nd best player in the NBA, and in the playoffs he led his team to yet another championship. This marks Russell's 8th title in a row, and his 8th POY in a row. Overall, I felt he was still a strong player and winning the championship (and Finals MVP) makes his season better than Wilt's this year. After Russell was obviously Wilt who won the regular season MVP. After those 2 both Robertson and West had strong seasons once again increasing their honorable mention count.



1967



Wilt Chamberlain


Runner-Up: B.Russell

Honorable Mention(s): N.Thurmond, O.Robertson, H.Greer


After 3 Runner-Ups and many honorable mentions, Wilt Chamberlain was finally the POY in 1967. This year, there was no doubt he had the best season. He won MVP and Finals MVP, and did it all in a dominant fashion. In fact, you could make a case for this season to be the best of all-time. Bill Russell slid to Runner-Up this year. Thurmond and Robertson got honorable mentions. Thurmond was in finals, while Big O was Big O. West missed out this year due to too many missed games.



1968



Wilt Chamberlain


Runner-Up: B.Russell

Honorable Mention(s): J.Havlicek, J.West



It was very close between Russell and Chamberlain for POY this year. Ultimately I decided Chamberlain had the better season. He won MVP, led the league in total assists and rebounds, a feat that may never be matched again. He also led his team to a league best 62 wins, though came short against Russell's Celtics in the playoffs. This was just too much individual dominance over Russell. Wilt also becomes the 3rd player in NBA history thus far to win multiple POYs. Russell still had a strong year winning yet another championship as the best player. Havlicek was an HM, he was the Celtics playoff MVP and would most likely have won Finals MVP. West also got an HM leading his team to another finals.

ABA POY: C.Hawkins



1969



Jerry West


Runner-Up: B.Russell

Honorable Mention(s): J.Havcliek, W.Chamberlain, W.Reed


This was another very close year for POY, both West and Russell had great arguments. Ultimately, I decided on West. He was a better player than Russell at this point, and though he came short against Russell in the Finals, he was the Finals MVP. Rusell was still the best player on the Celtics, Havlicek was their best player in the Finals and thus the biggest reason they won. For this reason also Havlicek takes an honorable mention. This was not one of Wilt's best seasons but still worth an honorable mention. Reed also had a good season.

ABA POY: M.Daniels

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1970



Willis Reed


Runner-Up: J.West

Honorable Mention: W.Frazier, K.Abdul-Jabbar



Willis Reed takes it this year winning the MVP and the Finals MVP. As I said earlier, you are nearly a lock for POY if you take both the MVP and Finals MVP. After him comes Jerry West, who was probably still the best player in the NBA and led his team to the NBA Finals. The honorable mentions go to Kareem and Frazier. Kareem was responsible for a huge turnaround in his rookie season and he continued his domination in the playoffs. Frazier was part of the Knick's championship squad and arguably their best player in the finals.


ABA POY: M.Daniels



1971



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Runner-Up: O.Robertson

Honorable Mention(s): W.Chamberlain



There is no doubt Kareem was the POY this year. He was the best player, MVP, and Finals MVP. He had arguably his best season ever in 1971 taking POY honors quite easily. This was also one of the best season's witnessed in NBA history. After him comes his teammate, who was the big difference making them a championship team from the season before. Robertson still was a great player and sacrificed his stats for his team. Chamberlain took the 3rd spot with another strong season, no one else really had a season worth mentioning.


ABA POY: Z.Beaty




1972



Wilt Chamberlain


Runner-Up: K.Abdul-Jabbar

Honorable Mention(s): J.West, W.Frazier



Though he wasn't the best player anymore, Wilt still had the best season in 1972. What did he do? Was the best player on a team that won a record 69 wins, led them to the championship, and was named Finals MVP. Besides for that was the league's best defender, rebounder, and did this while shooting an amazing 65% FG on offense. After him comes the league MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had a solid postseason run as well. Despite all of Wilt's accomplishments, it was still very close between the 2 because of how dominant Kareem was. Frazier and West get honorable mentions, both played in the finals and were the game's best guards.

ABA POY: A.Gilmore




1973



Walt Frazier


Runner-Up: D.Cowens

Honorable Mention(s): K.Abdul-Jabbar



There was no strong case for any player this year for POY, so Walt Frazier was able to sneak the honors. Leading his team past 2 60+ win teams and winning the championship as the best player locked his spot. Kareem had a good shot at POY, however his team bounced out in the 1st round. Cowens was the MVP, but his favored team could not make it to the NBA finals falling to Frazier's Knicks. Wilt had a strong season but fell in the finals.


ABA POY: A.Gilmore



1974



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Runner-Up: J.Havlicek

Honorable Mention(s): B.McAdoo



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wins his 2nd POY. Joins Mikan, Russell, and Wilt as the only player to have won the POY multiple times. This time just leading his team to the Finals was sufficient to win it. He won the NBA MVP and played spectacular in the playoffs just falling to the Celtics in Game 7 of the Finals. Havlicek takes runner-uup being the best player on the championship team this year also winning Finals MVP. McAdoo just had a great individual season.


ABA POY: J.Erving



1975



Rick Barry


Runner-Up: B.McAdoo

Honorable Mention(s): B.McAdoo, K.Abdul-Jabbar



Ricky Barry leads his team to the NBA Championship in 1975 with the up to date worst supporting cast accomplish such a feat. He surprised the entire league and received POY honors because of his amazing accomplishment. McAdoo was the NBA MVP and finished runner-up for the 1st time in his career. Kareem was the only honorable mention this year. No one really had a good season outside of Barry.

ABA POY: A.Gilmore





1976



D.Cowens


Runner-Up: K.Abdul-Jabbar

Honorable Mention(s): B.McAdoo


This was arguably the least competitive year in the NBA and even for POY. It was also the peak and the last season of the ABA. Cowen, who was the best player on his team in a run to the championship, took the POY honors this year. No one else really had a strong case. Kareem failed again to win POY as his team once again missed the playoffs but he was the NBA MVP still making it a strong season for himself as the runner-up. McAdoo, who was still a dominant offensive force at this point, had a solid season.

ABA POY: J.Erving





1977



Bill Walton


Runner-Up: K.Abdul-Jabbar

Honorable Mention(s): J.Erving



Bill Walton takes the league by storm this year. It was just his 2nd year in the NBA. He led his team to the NBA title winning Finals MVP. He did it in a very team-orientated fashion and overall had the best season in the NBA. After him it was Kareem who won NBA MVP and fell short to Walton's Blazers. In the last spot it was Julius Erving who played his 1st year in the NBA leading his team to the finals. No one else really deserved a mention.




1978



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Runner-Up: G.Gervin

Honorable Mention(s): E.Hayes, B.Walton



Arguably the least competitive year for the POY thus far. Any of the top 3 finishes for the last year, year before, year before that, etc. would have had the best season this year. With a very uncompetitive year, Kareem takes the top honors despite being bounced out in the 1st round. The fact he was the best player in the NBA and made playoffs was sufficient for him this year. Elvin Hayes was the best player on a championship team, though he did not win Finals MVP and was nothing spectacular in the regular season. Gervin was the runner-up, he was one of the best in the regular season but mainly got to a runner-up spot because of the lack of competition. Bill Walton was looking for his 2nd straight POY but he was just way too injured in the regular season and playoffs.




1979



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Runner-Up: M.Malone

Honorable Mention(s): G.Gervin, E.Hayes



Just as last year, very uncompetitive year for the POY. Though it was still more competitive than 1978. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wins his 4th POY. Only Mikan and Russell have won this many times. He also becomes the 1st player to win in back to back seasons since Wilt did it in 67 and 68. He was still the best player in the NBA and led his team to 47 wins. After him comes Moses, who was the NBA MVP this season. Elvin and Gervin both had solid regular seasons and good playoff runs.

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1980



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Runner-Up: J.Erving

Honorable Mention: L.Bird, M.Johnson



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar takes POY honors for the 3rd straight year, and this year he deserved it the most. He was the MVP and led his team to the championship. Easy pick for POY. Only Mikan and Russell have won POY three straight years. After him comes Erving who had a great year but fell to Kareem in the finals. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, the 2 rookies both received honorable mentions for their respective seasons.




1981



Larry Bird


Runner-Up: J.Erving

Honorable Mention(s): M.Malone



Bird takes the POY honors this year for the 1st time in his career. He had a good regular season, and in the playoffs he led his to the championship. After him comes Erving the NBA MVP. There was a great battle in the playoffs between Erving and Bird in which Bird was the winner giving him the POY honors. Moses Malone got credit for leading his poor team to the finals. Nobody else honestly deserved a mention after these player's seasons.



1982



Magic Johnson


Runner-Up: K.Abdul-Jabbar

Honorable Mention(s): J.Erving, M.Malone, L.Bird



Magic Johnson takes his 1st ever POY honors. He was already a Top 5 player in the NBA and won his 2nd NBA Championship also taking Finals MVP honors. Jabbar was runner-up, him and Magic were near equals as players but Magic just had an overall stronger season with the Finals MVP. Erving was very close to another runner-up season. Him, Bird, and the MVP Moses all had great years.




1983



Moses Malone


Runner-Up: M.Johnson

Honorable Mention(s): J.Erving, L.Bird



Moses Malone takes the POY by a landslide. He was the MVP and Finals MVP this season and there was no debate about who was the best this year. After him it was close between Magic and Erving, but Magic was finally the best player on his team and had an overall great season while Erving took a clear 2nd fiddle to Moses. Bird had another mention worthy season.




1984



Larry Bird


Runner-Up: M.Johnson

Honorable Mention(s): B.King



Larry Bird takes his 2nd POY honors, and this one was not close. He won MVP and then Finals MVP easily giving him the POY. He joins Russell, Wilt, and Kareem as the only players to win multiple POYs in the shot-clock era. Overall, he had the best season of his career up until this point. Magic Johnson was once again runner-up leading his team to the finals and almost beating the Celtics. Bernard King had a strong season as well and played even better in the playoffs.



1985



Magic Johnson


Runner-Up: L.Bird

Honorable Mention(s): K.Abdul-Jabbar



Very close once again between Bird and Magic. Bird clearly had a better regular season, but Magic made up the differences in the postseason and had the best season overall. Bird not only felt short to Magic with HCA, but he also struggled and was outplayed in the big stage. Magic now joins Bird in an elite list of players who have won multiple POYs. Kareem gets an honorable mention finishing off the Celtics and winning Finals MVP.




1986



Larry Bird


Runner-Up: H.Olajuwon

Honorable Mention(s): M.Johnson, K.McHale


Bird easily takes the POY honors this year. This will be his 3rd POY honors of his career, at this point he was starting to get GOAT mentions. He was the MVP for the 3rd straight year and won Finals MVP. There was no doubt he was the POY. Olajuwon came 2nd, he was now a dominant center and played very impressive leading his team to the NBA Finals knocking off Magic's Lakers. Magic though received another honorable mention with another strong season from himself.





1987



Magic Johnson


Runner-Up: L.Bird

Honorable Mention(s): M.Jordan, K.McHale



Choosing Magic this year was as easy as choosing Bird last year. He won MVP and Finals MVP in the same season easily taking POY honors having the best season of his career. This is another season that will go down as one of the best of all-time. After him comes Bird, who was still dominant and fell only to Magic's Lakers in the finals. Jordan is heard of for the 1st time, and McHale also gets a mention again with a strong regular season.


1988



Magic Johnson


Runner-Up: M.Jordan

Honorable Mention(s): L.Bird



This year was much tougher to decide compared to the last 2. But Magic took the honors once again, this is the 4th time he wins POY, only Jabbar and Russell have won it more since the shot clock era. He also becomes the 1st to due it back to back years since Kareem did it from 78-80. He led his team to another NBA Championship winning for the 5th time in his career. After him comes Jordan, who led his team to a respectable 50 wins this year while being individually dominant. Bird receives an honorable mention, he had yet another dominant season, but fell short of even making the Finals to the Bad Boys this year. Honestly, no one was even close to these 3 this season so I will stop there.




1989



Michael Jordan


Runner-Up: M.Johnson

Honorable Mention(s): I.Thomas, K.Johnson, Olajuwon, Barkley, Malone



Michael Jordan wins his 1st ever POY. Despite not even making it to the Finals I would say he had the best season in the NBA. He put up a remarkable 33/8/8 in the regular season and led his team to the ECF falling to just the eventual champion Pistons. Magic, the winner of the last 2 POYs, took 2nd in place this year. He had a good season winning MVP but failed to win the championship this year. Isiah took a HM spot, as he was the best player on the championship Pistons this year. There were many more players, who all had great individual seasons, and no one really separated from one another.

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1990



Michael Jordan


Runner-Up: M.Johnson

Honorable Mention: C.Barkley, D.Robinson, K.Malone, K.Johnson, C.Drexler, H.Olajuwon, P.Ewing



Michael Jordan wins his 2nd straight POY, becoming closer than ever to lead his team to the Finals. This was an easier selection than last year for him to be the POY. Magic comes next, despite winning MVP his team fell in the 2nd round. But this was still prime Magic we are talking about and he still had a spectacular overall season. After Jordan and Magic, there are numerous players this year who had about the same season success.





1991



Michael Jordan


Runner-Up: M.Johnson

Honorable Mention(s): S.Pippen, H.Olajuwon, C.Barkley, D.Robinson, K.Malone, C.Drexler


Jordan wins the POY easily this year. He won MVP and Finals MVP in the same year. It was his best season up to date. He also becomes only the 4th player in NBA History to win 3 POYs in a row. After him like usual comes Magic, who after this had to leave the league since he was diagnosed with AIDS. He led his team to another NBA Finals. After these 2, it was once again many players, none which really were able to separate amongst themselves.




1992



Michael Jordan


Runner-Up: C.Drexler

Honorable Mention(s): K.Malone, S.Pippen, P.Ewing, J.Stockton



Jordan easily wins another POY. Once again, was the NBA MVP and Finals MVP leading his team to yet another championship. This marks Jordan's 4th consecutive POY, only Russell has won more consecutive POYs at this point in the shot-clock era. After Jordan comes Drexler, who had the best season of his career leading his team to the Finals on a 63 win team. The Stockton/Malone combination received honorable mentions for their strong season nearly reaching the finals. Pippen had his best season up to date and Ewing also had a good season nearly upsetting Jordan's Bulls.





1993



Michael Jordan


Runner-Up: C.Barkley

Honorable Mention(s): H.Olajuwon, P.Ewing



Jordan wins his 5th consecutive POY, however this year it was much closer than the past few. Both Barkley and Hakeem had good cases, but Jordan in the Finals proved himself winning POY once again. After him comes the NBA MVP Barkley, whose team fell to Jordan in the finals. Hakeem and Ewing both had strong seasons receiving honorable mentions. Hakeem was just individually dominant and finally got out of the 1st round, while Ewing anchored a 60 win team.



1994



Hakeem Olajuwon


Runner-Up: P.Ewing

Honorable Mention(s): K.Malone, D.Robinson, S.Pippen


Olajuwon easily takes the POY. With Jordan retired, it gave a chance for any player to take the POY. Olajuwon rose to the occasion this year with a very dominant season winning MVP, DPOY, and Finals MVP. This easily was his best season yet in the NBA. After Hakeem Ewing finishes 2nd, he led his team to the Finals for the 1st time since Jordan had now departure. Pippen takes an HM spot , leading his team to 55 wins without Michael Jordan. Robinson had a great regular season, though kind of disappointing in the playoffs. While Malone had a great playoffs earning him an HM spot.



1995



Hakeem Olajuwon


Runner-Up: S.O'Neal

Honorable Mention(s): D.Robinson


Hakeem takes POY for back to back years. Only other players in history to do this are Mikan, Russell, Wilt, Kareem, Magic, and Jordan. A very elite company. While at the end of the regular season it may have been unclear if he would be able to do so, in the playoffs he proved himself outplaying the likes of Malone, Barkley, Robinson, and Shaq. O'Neal took the runner-up spot, he also had a dominant season and led his team to the finals. After O'Neal comes Robinson, who was the clear-cut NBA MVP but fell apart in the playoffs thanks to the dream. No one else really had seasons close to these 3.




1996



Michael Jordan


Runner-Up: S.Pippen

Honorable Mention(s): G.Payton, A.Hardaway, D.Robinson, K.Malone


Michael Jordan returns to the NBA and once again is an easy choice for #1. He won the NBA MVP and Finals MVP leading his team to a record best 72 wins in the regular season. No one really stood out for a runner-up position, so Pippen was given the honor. After all, he was a crucial part of arguably the best team ever. After Jordan is Robinson, who was the runner-up MVP and had a good all-around season. Payton, Hardaway, Robinson, and Malone all had a good combination of team and individual success receiving them honorable mentions.






1997



Michael Jordan


Runner-Up: K.Malone

Honorable Mention(s): S.Pippen


Jordan easily takes POY honors once again leading his team to yet another championship. This marks Jordan's 7th POY honors, he now trails Russell for the most ever. After Jordan it is Karl Malone, quite easily. Malone was the MVP and had arguably the best season of his career. Only Pippen's season stood out as worthy of an honorable mention this year.


1998



Michael Jordan


Runner-Up: K.Malone

Honorable Mention(s): G.Payton, S.O'Neal



Jordan wins the POY for the 3rd straight year, his 8th overall tying Bill Russell for the most all-time. Karl Malone for the 2nd straight year finishes runner-up to Jordan. He once again had a strong season leading his team to a league's best record and the finals. Payton and O'Neal got honorable mentions, both had strong seasons. Payton led his team to 60+ wins without Kemp, while Shaq led his team to the WCF and was the best player when healthy.




1999



Tim Duncan


Runner-Up: K.Malone

Honorable Mention(s): S.O'Neal, A.Mourning



Tim Duncan earns his 1st POY award of his career in 99. He sealed the deal by leading his team to the championship and winning Finals MVP. He had an all-around good season this year. After Duncan comes Karl Malone, who for the 3rd straight-year finishes runner-up to the POY. Malone has followed a similar story for his career, always coming close to winning it all, but never quite getting there. O'Neal and Mourning also had strong seasons. Overall, 1999 was a relatively more uncompetitive year in NBA history.

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2000



Shaquille O'Neal


Runner-Up: A.Mourning

Honorable Mention: K.Malone. K.Bryant


O'Neal had one of the most clear-cut POY years. He won MVP, Finals MVP, and had his best season ever. After Shaq comes Mourning, who had yet another strong year and this time was worthy of a runner-up POY. Mourning actually overall had a strong peak and was the DPOY this year. Malone took a HM spot failing once again to win POY but had another good year. Kobe Bryant also got a mention due to being a big part of a 67 win team.





2001



Shaquille O'Neal


Runner-Up: A.Iverson

Honorable Mention(s): K.Bryant, T.Duncan


O'Neal wins the POY once again, adding 2 to his career total. Joins Mikan, Russell, Kareem, Wilt, Hakeem, Magic, and Jordan as the only other players to have won back to back POYs in their careers. O'Neal won his 2nd Finals MVP leading the Lakers to the championship. After O'Neal it was Allen Iverson. He won the MVP and led his team to the finals, actually outplaying Kobe in the Finals and receiving a POY mention. Kobe had a good regular season putting 28/5/5, while being arguably the best player in the playoffs that season. Duncan also had another good season receiving honorable mention.



2002



Shaquille O'Neal


Runner-Up: T.Duncan

Honorable Mention(s): J.Kidd, K.Bryant



O'Neal wins the POY for the 3rd straight year. Only Russell, Jordan, and Kareem have accomplished such a feat in the shot-clock era. At this point, O'Neal had established himself as an all-time great. He also led the Lakers to their 3rd title in a row. Duncan takes the 2nd spot, as he won the regular season MVP and was defeated by the eventual champion Lakers. Kobe was a big part of the championship team, and Kidd probably had his best season up to date leading the Nets to the finals while also nearly winning MVP.





2003



Tim Duncan


Runner-Up: K.Garnett

Honorable Mention(s): J.Kidd, K.Bryant, S.O'Neal, T.McGrady



Duncan easily wins POY this year with an MVP and Finals MVP season. There was no question at all about it, he was the POY. After Duncan, no one really stood out. Garnett should get credit for singlehandedley leading his weak squad to a 50+ win season. Kobe and McGrady had great individual seasons, one of the best seen for perimeter players. Kidd took his team to another NBA Finals, and Shaq was Shaq.


2004



Kevin Garnett


Runner-Up: S.O'Neal

Honorable Mention(s): T.Duncan, B.Wallace



Garnett is easily the POY. He was the MVP and had his best season yet. Also, another reason he easily won was no one else really had a strong-case. O'Neal led his team to the finals and played great, but could not win the title. Duncan was strong once again, while Big Ben was the best player on the eventual champion Pistons team.



2005



Tim Duncan


Runner-Up: S.Nash

Honorable Mention(s): S.O'Neal


Duncan wins his 3rd POY in 2005. He joins an elite list including, Wilt, Russell, Bird, Magic, Kareem, Jordan, and O'Neal to win the POY at least 3 times in the shot-clock era. Many would argue these 8 players are the 8 greatest players of all-time, furthermore validating the value of 'POY'. After Duncan it was Nash, who was credited for the turnaround of the Suns in 2005. Shaq took the final spot being credited for the turnaround of the Heat, Nash had a better postseason so he still has small edge over O'Neal.




2006



Dwyane Wade


Runner-Up: D.Nowitzki

Honorable Mention(s): S.Nash, L.James, K.Bryant, S.O'Neal


Dwyane Wade wins his 1st ever POY. He had a spectacular playoff run that capped off with him winning the Finals MVP and championship. In the finals he had one of the best performances of all-time. Nowitzki had a shot at POY however he ultimately fell to Wade. 4 other players all had good seasons. O'Neal and Nash for team success, and James and Bryant for their great individual play.







2007



Tim Duncan


Runner-Up: L.James

Honorable Mention(s): D.Nowitzki, S.Nash, K.Bryant


Duncan wins his career's 4th POY. Only Mikan, Russell, Kareem, and Jordan have won it more times. He led his team to the championship as the best player for the 4th time in his career as well. LeBron James finishes 2nd leading his team to the finals with some historic performances in the playoffs. Nash had another near-MVP season receiving an honorable mention. Kobe and Dirk had great regular seasons, despite their 1st round exits.



2008



Kobe Bryant


Runner-Up: K.Garnett

Honorable Mention(s): C.Paul


Kobe Bryant finally takes his 1st ever POY. He was the MVP and took his team to the finals where he fell short against the Celtics. KG finishes 2nd, winning the championship as the best player. CP3 had a big season in 2008 as well, leading his team to 56 wins and was runner-up MVP. No one else was really close to these 3.



2009



Kobe Bryant


Runner-Up: L.James

Honorable Mention(s): D.Wade, D.Howard



Kobe Bryant takes the POY honors again. Leading his team to the championship was teh clincher. LeBron comes in 2nd, he did as much as he could with what he had and also had a great season. It is actually really close between him and Kobe, but Kobe's team success gives him small advantage. Howard led his team to the finals giving him an honorable mention, while Wade was just spectacular individually.

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2010



Kobe Bryant


Runner-Up: L.James

Honorable Mention: D.Wade, D.Howard


Similar finishes to the previous season. Kobe Bryant now wins his 3rd straight POY, leading his team to yet another championship. LeBron once again had a fantastic season, however ultimately dissapointed in the playoffs. Wade and Howard once again had honorable mention seasons, though both had seasons a bit worse than the previous one.




2011



Dirk Nowitzki


Runner-Up: L.James

Honorable Mention(s): D.Rose, D.Wade


Dirk Nowitzki takes POY honors in 2011. Though he may not have been the favorite to do so coming in, he had one of the best postseason runs of all-time. With a POY, he also now once starting to get all-time great status. James finished runner-up for the POY for the 3rd straight year. He had a great season in Miami, but once again came short of the championship. Rose was the MVP of the league and Wade also played with James in the finals. He was their best player in the finals.


2012



LeBron James


Runner-Up: K.Durant

Honorable Mention(s): C.Paul


After 4 runner-up finishes, LeBron James finally wins the POY. This year there was no doubt. He was the MVP and Finals MVP of the league. Kevin Durant finished as a runner-up. He was the runner-up for the MVP and Finals MVP to only LeBron James as well. Chris Paul really was the only other player who deserved an honorable mention, he turned around the Clippers franchise and played great in the process.



2013



LeBron James


Runner-Up: K.Durant

Honorable Mention(s): T.Duncan, T.Parker, D.Wade


LeBron James wins the POY back to back years. He joins only 10 other players who have won the POY multiple years. His year was as fantastic as his previous year. He won MVP and Finals MVP again. This practically locked his spot as the POY. The runner-up was a bit tougher to pick this year, but Durant just individually had a much stronger season than any of his close competitors. Duncan and Parker had the same level of season but both fell short in the Finals against LeBron.



2014



Kevin Durant


Runner-Up: L.James

Honorable Mention(s):


After a few runner-ups, Kevin Durant finally wins his 1st POY. He had the best season of his career and it finally was good enough to be called the best season in the NBA. He won the MVP award and took his team to the WCF only losing to the eventual champions. He led the league in scoring and averaged a career high 5.5 apg. LeBron James finished runner-up this year after winning the POY the past 2 years. I felt Kevin Durant had a stronger regular season while LeBron James did not do enough in the playoffs to make up ground. The Heat did make it to the finals but lost to the Spurs.


2015



Stephen Curry


Runner-Up: L.James

Honorable Mention(s): J.Harden


For the 3rd straight season, we have a different player taking the POY honors. This year, while it was close, Stephen Curry was the clear winner. With an MVP regular season, he was ahead of the pack coming into the postseason. And in the playoffs, he led his team to the NBA championship winning the POY honors unanimously. LeBron James had a strong season as well, but for the 2nd straight year came up short as runner-up. James has now either won this award or finished runner-up for the last 7 years, quite a feat actually. James Harden also had a strong season nearly winning MVP and following with a strong playoffs .


Now let's quickly analyze all the information given in the last 6 posts

First let's see which NBA Player has been the POY the most:


B.Russell: 8
M.Jordan: 8
K.Abdul-Jabbar: 5
G.Mikan: 5
M.Johnson: 4
T.Duncan: 4
W.Chamberlain: 3
S.O'Neal: 3
L.Bird: 3
K.Bryant: 3
H.Olajuwon: 2
L.James: 2
D.Schayes: 1
P.Arizin: 1
B.Cousy: 1
B.Pettit: 1
J.West: 1
W.Reed: 1
W.Frazier: 1
R.Barry: 1
B.Walton: 1
M.Malone: 1
D.Cowen: 1
K.Garnett: 1
D.Wade: 1
D.Nowitzki: 1
K.Durant: 1
S.Curry: 1



So Jordan and Russell have won the most POYs. Also, from the shot-clock era, the only players to have won it multiple times are:

Russell
Jordan
Kareem
Kobe
Magic
Bird
Hakeem
Duncan
Shaq
Wilt

Does that look like the consensus Top 10 these days? Well now LeBron has also won it twice, and he is also starting to be in the Top 10 all-time discussions.

I honestly wish the NBA had a POY award rather than an MVP award. MVPs can be misleading sometimes, seeing players like Nash have won it 2 times, while O'Neal has won it just once. However, when looking at the POY count, O'Neal has 3 while Nash has 0.

Anyways, as I said earlier, its having the best seasons that impact your all-time status, rather than being the best player.

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I expected another just quick rundown with no thought, but this was nice with paragraphs of why, runner ups, and honorable mentions. Repped.
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Can someone do a quick rundown on which season differed between best player and best season produced?
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Can someone do a quick rundown on which season differed between best player and best season produced?
From memory

1956:
Season- Arizin
Player- Pettit

1957:
Season- Cousy
Player- Pettit

1964:
Season- Russell
Player- Wilt

1966:
Season- Russell
Player- Wilt

1970:
Season- Reed
Player- West

1972:
Season- Wilt
Player- Kareem

1973:
Season- Frazier
Player- Kareem

1975:
Season- Barry
Player- Kareem

1976:
Season- Erving
Player- Kareem

1977:
Season- Walton
Player- Kareem

1981:
Season- Bird
Player- Moses

1982:
Season- Magic
Player- Moses

1985:
Season- Magic
Player- Bird

1988:
Season- Magic
Player- Jordan

1999:
Season- Duncan
Player- O'Neal

2006:
Season- Wade
Player- Kobe

2009:
Season- Kobe
Player- LBJ

2010:
Season- Kobe
Player- LBJ

2011:
Season- Dirk
Player- LBJ




Of course this is just the top spot. There are more differences when we get to 2nd, etc.
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Also to note, I feel very confident on the top choices. Fairly confident on the runner-ups. But I will admit there maybe some room for improvement on the honorable mentions selected. A more rigid requirement of what it takes to be named an honorable mention maybe required. For now:

- At least one
- All the players should be on similar level in terms of seasons
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This is a great post, but I feel LeBron over Kobe should be the 2010 rep. Thats the only thing I have for you...
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