Some NBA fans can recite the past MVPs in the league have been. But many don’t have the slightest idea when the award is actually announced publicly, which is very important to the season’s timeline.
When it is announced in relation to when the regular season ends and what happens in the playoffs can play a big part in the selection process and may often sway some of the voters’ votes.
So, when the heck will the MVP award be announced for the 2022-2023 season? Glad you asked! Here’s your answer:
The NBA’s MVP is usually announced at the end of June, although the timelines have always been fairly fluid due to scheduling and the NBA’s history of announcing the award and their current awards ceremonies.
- For the past 2021-22 season, the MVP was announced on May 9, 2022 and Nikola Jokic won the second straight MVP award.
- For the 2020-21 season, the MVP was announced on June 8, 2021 and Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic won the award.
- For the 2019-20 season, the MVP was announced on September 18, 2020 and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo won the award.
- For the 2018-19 season, the MPV was announced on June 25, 2019, and it was Giannis Antetokounmpo again who won the award.
While the date for which they announce the award is a bit of a moving target, the reason why the award is so important in the annals of time isn’t.
Why The MVP Award Is So Important
Who wins the MVP award is a great barometer for future fans and players alike. It helps people looking back on the league’s history gain perspective of the league’s best players during a certain year or era.
Basketball fans and historians looking to gain more knowledge about “the old days” can look back at certain benchmarks – NBA Champions, MVP awards, etc. — and stick pins into important milestones of the league they love.
I have always been told that Bill Russell is one of the greatest to play the game. Obviously, Bill Russell doesn’t need validation from me, but aside from some old black-and-white footage, there isn’t a lot of proof of his greatness.
Yes, he won 11 titles but Steve Kerr won 5 rings and he was never even the third-best player on his title teams. That’s where honors like the league’s MVP come in handy to fans who want to understand how amazing historic players were.
Russell won 5 NBA MVPs (1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965) over the span of eight years. That tells me a couple of things about his career:
- He truly was a great player, and his greatness was sustained over a long period of time, meaning that he was consistently great as opposed to being the best for a short window and then falling off in his performance.
This conclusion can be made about a lot of older superstars (Bob Pettit, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, etc.) who played before the advent of every game being shown on television.
There are many great players who have never won the award, so looking at only MVPs can be a bit misleading, but it provides a great 10,000-foot view of the league and who dominated it during certain time periods.
MVP Voting: A History
The voting for the most prestigious award in the league is very organized, with 100 of the league’s media members making up the voting pool.
There is also a fan vote which doesn’t count in the final tally, but the league has made great strides to become one of the most fan-focused professional sports leagues.
Before the 1979-80 season, the MVP Award was voted on by the players. Issues arose with this method for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, the players had favorites and played those during their voting which could drastically sway the MVP outcome.
Second, it was a tall task to be a professional player for your team day in and day out and still devote enough time to think about the MVP and who they were going to vote for.
The NBA has made other changes to the MVP voting rule throughout the years. Up until the 2016-17 season, local team television and radio broadcasters were able to cast their votes, but the NBA decided to take the vote away from the local media members for a more impartial outcome. Although the decision was controversial, many team broadcasters agreed with the NBA’s call.
For the 2019-20 season, Giannis Antetokuonmpo won the MVP in a controversial landslide victory receiving 85 first-place votes and compiling 962 total MVP points. LeBron James came in second with 15 first-place votes and 753 points. The MVP top 5 list was as follows:
- Giannis Antetokuonmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: 962 pts
- LeBron James, LA Lakers: 753 pts
- James Harden, Houston Rockets: 367 pts
- Luca Doncic, Dallas Mavericks: 200 pts
- Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers: 168 pts
You may be thinking, “Where did they get the point total from only 100 MVP votes?” The MVP votes are weighted with a point system that breaks down like this:
- 1st place vote: 10 pts
- 2nd place vote: 7 pts
- 3rd place vote: 5 pts
- 4th place vote: 3 pts
- 5th place vote: 1 pt
Every MVP winner is special, but there have been some pretty interesting statistics and unforgettable seasons among the MVP winners. From who the only unanimous MVP vote-getter was in history (you may be surprised), to the players with the most MVP wins ever (you probably won’t be surprised), we break down some of the best below.
Jabbar may have arguably the greatest, and most interesting, career in NBA history. He played for two decades, which is almost unheard of during the era in which he played, and he is STILL the league’s all-time leader in points scored. Some of his MVP stats are pretty bonkers too. Jabbar is the only MVP winner to have won the award during a season where his team didn’t make the playoffs, in 1975-76. He is also the only player to have won the award 6 times.
Oldest MVP Winner
Karl Malone was 35 when he won the award, making him the oldest player to ever win it. Malone’s 1998-99 season was a bounce back from the previous year when Michael Jordan took home the award. Malone averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds, and almost 5 assists to take home the trophy. In an era where Michael Jordan, and his Bulls teams, reigned supreme, Malone was often overlooked, and one of the only players to grab the award away from him.
It is unfathomable to believe that a rookie has ever won the MVP in his very first year in the NBA, but it has actually happened twice in the league’s history.
The first to shock fans and take the league by storm right out of college was Wilt Chamberlain in 1960. He averaged a jaw-dropping 37 points per game and added 27 rebounds to take the league by storm and become the Most Valuable Player.
The second to win it as a rookie was Wes Unseld of the then Baltimore Bullets (now the Washington Wizards). While many question him winning it his rookie year in 1968, he did it nonetheless with a stat line of 13 points and 18 rebounds per game, while also leading the Bullets to the best record in the league.
The Unanimous One
Of all the great seasons we have witnessed in the NBA, it is surprising that there has only been one player unanimously take home the award.
Stephen Curry was that player in 2016 when his Warriors made history by earning the best record in NBA history with a 73-9 finish in the regular season. He scored 30 points per game and averaged 5 three-pointers per game shooting 45% behind the arc. Did I mention he added nearly 7 assists and 5 rebounds per game too?
I could go on forever about the history of the MVP Award, but the fact of the matter is that it shows the fans just who is the best in a given year. Looking back with the gift of hindsight there were some misses, but overall the winners were the faces of the league that season.
The MVP Award will always play a huge part in the history of the league and I get excited thinking about the next crop of superstars in line to take home the trophy.
When do you think the NBA will announce the regular season MVP this year? Who do you think will win the award? And who is your favorite MVP in the history of the NBA? Let us know in the comments below!
Jokic gets #2 MVP it’s a lock !
Jokic!! He is far and away, the best offensive player in the league. Everyone on his team plays much better with him on the court. His passing just makes the game so much easier for his team. He passes to the spot a teammate needs to be, at the speed needed(Montana vs Elway).Watching him pass leads other players to develop their own passing skills . His teammate is led to the exact place he
should be, add his defensive abilities and he’s the mvp. He leads all centers in steals, his positional play is close to perfect. He and a few other players have hit a couple or three game winning shots. Jokic also has at least two game winning blocks this season. I could go on and on about why he can not only see where a pass should go,but also why he’s able to make the pass!!!
Steph was amazing – but he missed too many games.
Jokic played every game, and more minutes per game, and at a higher PER. His team didn’t miss a beat when their second best player went out. And they’re still playing in mid-June.
The fact that he looks like he hangs plasterboard for a living is just a bonus.
Steph Curry must win the mvp.He was astonishing this season.He is the goat.
Don’t get me wrong, Joker is a GREAT player. He is arguably one of the best offensive threats in the league today. However, the award is most VALUABLE. Joel Embiid lived up to the standard as valuable. The 76er’s are 10-11 without Embiid, while they are 39-12 with him. Embiid is both a major offensive and defensive threat and is needed to win games. He is putting up historic numbers and it would be an embarrassment if he did not take this award home.
Steph and Joel are great players but they play for themselves. Jokić makes his teammates better and he is coach at the floor. He invented new unstoppable move, Sombor shuffle. He is unselfish player and great human being. He would easily give MVP award away for his team success. Jokic doesn’t play basketball, he enjoys it. He is not marketable as Steph or Embid, but this year belongs to him. Serbia this year will have NBA and Euroleague MVP. Congrats to Nikola and Vasa.
It’s steph curry no debate!!!!
Joker! When was last center to receive MVP? Shaq?
It’s obviously Joker this year and it is not even close.
Maarten van Zuilichem
I don’t understand the narrative for Curry as MVP. He doesn’t lead any of the advanced stats and the Warriors had an average roster. I understand the “without him they would suck” narrative but the same was said about Nash and Iverson but their teams were at the top of the league. The Warriors simply should have won more games for Curry to truly be most valuable.
Meanwhile Jokic basically leads all advanced stats and the Nuggets finished 3rd in the West. The argument that Jokic is an average defender also applies to Curry.
Giannis from the Milwaukee Buck for the 3rd if he doesn’t win it then the league is not fair
Joker. Didn’t miss games. All around proven. A big man who has more assists than half the guards in the league. Triple double, double double consistent. This season he set the tone. He deserves it tho I hate to say it.
Nikola Jokic, the best passer!
Steve V Palima
MVP award should be given to Stephen Curry. Great season for him. Recorded history in NBA record book. Although the Warriors did not make it into the playoffs. He will be second the second player after kareem Jabbar who is a MVP winner inspite his team missed the playoffs
Steph boutta win his 3rd MVP
The playoffs have no impact on MVP voting since the voting is finished at the end of the regular season.
i would love to see a third mvp in currys spectacular carrer and if its not this year it will be the next when klay is back and steph is more dangerous than ever before
Joel B. Ambrose
Stephen Curry deserves to be MVP! This season he is the second 3 point shooter. He is the Scoring Title. He leads the Warriors to the play in.
Joel woudla been mvp if it wasn’t for the gaw dam injury, but I rather him win the Finals mvp. A place where the alleged mvp won’t tf be 💀
Stephen Curry deserves MVP. He’s been spectacular this season. #sc30MVP
Curry lost his chances last night. You can’t be an MVP without even qualifying for the playoffs. Period.
Romerico Aguila Rianzares
STATS + FAN’S CLAMOR + EXPERTS OPINION = SC#30.
You had the oldest MVP, why not mention the youngest MVP to ever win….it’s Derrick Rose by the way
Joel Embiid is the best 2-way player in the NBA and is clearly MVP.
Jokic is great, but only on one end of the floor.
“When is NBA MVP announced?” … I was expecting to see a date, not a story that ends in me still asking the same initial question
Stephen Curry carried a 15-50 win team to the playoffs. He also won a scoring champ while being guarded by 2-3 defenders per game. I think Steph deserve this one.
Denver will have its first MVP this year no questions
My favorite will get MVP this year! Joker
Happy to see that Jokic will get the award…he deserves it.
And also happy that a Denver Nugget Final will get the award
Can’t wait when the Joker will get his award soon😎
Crishtopher P. Pabillaran
LeBron James. I feel so lucky to live in the era in which he plays. Unforgettable. Truly spectacular.