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NBA MVP Race: Odds, winners, trophy, when is it awarded?

We cover all you need to know about the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award, including the latest odds, past winners, when the award is announced, and more.

Who won 2023/24 NBA MVP?

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic won the NBA MVP Award for the 2023/24 season. It is his third time winning the award.

The Serbian playmaker averaged 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, nine assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks per game in 79 regular season games. He shot 58.3 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three-point range.

The Nuggets had the joint-second-best record in the NBA at 57-25. Jokic finished in the top five in the league in rebounds per game, assists per game, player efficiency rating, offensive win shares, defensive win shares, defensive rating and assist percentage.

Jokic won back-to-back MVP awards in 2021 and 2022 before finishing second to Joel Embiid last season as he led the Denver Nuggets to their first NBA title and won the Finals MVP instead. 

This season, he had 25 triple-doubles including a streak of four straight in late February where he averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds and 14 assists. He had three games of 40 points or more.

NBA MVP Winners by Year

Year

Player

Position

Team

2023/24

Nikola Jokić

Center

Denver Nuggets

2022/23

Joel Embiid

Center

Philadelphia 76ers

2021/22

Nikola Jokić

Center

Denver Nuggets

2020/21

Nikola Jokić

Center

Denver Nuggets

2019/20

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Power forward

Milwaukee Bucks

2018/19

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Power forward

Milwaukee Bucks

2017/18

James Harden

Shooting guard

Houston Rockets

2016/17

Russell Westbrook

Point guard

Oklahoma City Thunder

2015/16

Stephen Curry

Point guard

Golden State Warriors

2014/15

Stephen Curry

Point guard

Golden State Warriors

2013/14

Kevin Durant

Small forward

Oklahoma City Thunder

2012/13

LeBron James

Small forward

Miami Heat

2011/12

LeBron James

Small forward

Miami Heat

2010/11

Derrick Rose

Point guard

Chicago Bulls

2009/10

LeBron James

Small forward

Cleveland Cavaliers

2008/09

LeBron James

Small forward

Cleveland Cavaliers

2007/08

Kobe Bryant

Shooting guard

Los Angeles Lakers

2006/07

Dirk Nowitzki

Power forward

Dallas Mavericks

2005/06

Steve Nash

Point guard

Phoenix Suns

2004/05

Steve Nash

Point guard

Phoenix Suns

2003/04

Kevin Garnett

Power forward

Minnesota Timberwolves

2002/03

Tim Duncan

Power forward

San Antonio Spurs

2001/02

Tim Duncan

Power forward

San Antonio Spurs

2000/01

Allen Iverson

Shooting guard

Philadelphia 76ers

1999/00

Shaquille O'Neal

Center

Los Angeles Lakers

1998/99

Karl Malone

Power forward

Utah Jazz

1997/98

Michael Jordan

Shooting guard

Chicago Bulls

1996/97

Karl Malone

Power forward

Utah Jazz

1995/96

Michael Jordan

Shooting guard

Chicago Bulls

1994/95

David Robinson

Center

San Antonio Spurs

1993/94

Hakeem Olajuwon

Center

Houston Rockets

1992/93

Charles Barkley

Power forward

Phoenix Suns

1991/92

Michael Jordan

Shooting guard

Chicago Bulls

1990/91

Michael Jordan

Shooting guard

Chicago Bulls

1989/90

Magic Johnson

Point guard

Los Angeles Lakers

1988/89

Magic Johnson

Point guard

Los Angeles Lakers

1987/88

Michael Jordan

Shooting guard

Chicago Bulls

1986/87

Magic Johnson

Point guard

Los Angeles Lakers

1985/86

Larry Bird

Small forward

Boston Celtics

1984/85

Larry Bird

Small forward

Boston Celtics

1983/84

Larry Bird

Small forward

Boston Celtics

1982/83

Moses Malone

Center

Philadelphia 76ers

1981/82

Moses Malone

Center

Houston Rockets

1980/81

Julius Erving

Small forward

Philadelphia 76ers

1979/80

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Center

Los Angeles Lakers

1978/79

Moses Malone

Center

Houston Rockets

1977/78

Bill Walton

Center

Portland Trail Blazers

1976/77

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Center

Los Angeles Lakers

1975/76

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Center

Los Angeles Lakers

1974/75

Bob McAdoo

Center

Buffalo Braves

1973/74

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Center

Milwaukee Bucks

1972/73

Dave Cowens

Center

Boston Celtics

1971/72

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Center

Milwaukee Bucks

1970/71

Lew Alcindor

Center

Milwaukee Bucks

1969/70

Willis Reed

Center

New York Knicks

1968/69

Wes Unseld

Center

Baltimore Bullets

1967/68

Wilt Chamberlain

Center

Philadelphia 76ers

1966/67

Wilt Chamberlain

Center

Philadelphia 76ers

1965/66

Wilt Chamberlain

Center

Philadelphia 76ers

1964/65

Bill Russell

Center

Boston Celtics

1963/64

Oscar Robertson

Point guard

Cincinnati Royals

1962/63

Bill Russell

Center

Boston Celtics

1961/62

Bill Russell

Center

Boston Celtics

1960/61

Bill Russell

Center

Boston Celtics

1959/60

Wilt Chamberlain

Center

Philadelphia Warriors

1958/59

Bob Pettit

Power forward

St. Louis Hawks

1957/58

Bill Russell

Center

Boston Celtics

1956/57

Bob Cousy

Point guard

Boston Celtics

1955/56

Bob Pettit

Power forward

St. Louis Hawks

NBA MVP announcement

The NBA MVP award is typically announced in May, after the regular season has ended and the playoffs have begun. However, there is no set date for the announcement, and the NBA may change the date each year.

For example, in 2023, the MVP award was announced on May 2 and in 2024, it was announced on May 8.

NBA MVP voting

The NBA MVP award is voted on by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Each voter casts a first-place ballot for their choice for MVP, a second-place ballot, and so on. The player with the most first-place votes wins the award.

NBA MVP trophy 

The NBA's Most Valuable Player receives the Michael Jordan Trophy. Named after five-time MVP Michael Jordan, the trophy was newly designed and named in 2022.

The bronze trophy stands 23.6 inches tall and weighs 23.6 pounds, representing Jordan’s jersey number (23) and the number of NBA titles he won (6).

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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