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Top 12 NBA Players Who Never Won an MVP Award

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These players have found tremendous success in their NBA careers. They are all current Hall of Famers, or future Hall of Famers and most of them have found success in winning an NBA Championship. But whether it was due to them having teammates better than themselves, or simply having better players in the NBA, these are the top NBA players who never won an MVP award. With the talent that all these players have, the fact that they have never won a NBA MVP award is shocking to say the least.

 

12. Patrick Ewing

Closest Patrick Ewing has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 4th place (1989, 1993, 1995)

Patrick Ewing’s 1989 (Best season) Per Game averages: 22.7 PPG 9.3 RPG 3.5 BPG 2.4 APG and 1.5 SPG

Patrick Ewing’s 1989 NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team member, and NBA All-Defensive Second Team member.

 

11. Kevin McHale

Closest Kevin McHale has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 4th place (1987)

Kevin McHale’s 1987 Per Game averages: 26.1 PPG 9.9 RPG 2.6 APG and 2.2 BPG

Kevin McHale’s 1987 NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team member, and NBA All-Defensive First Team member.

 

10. Elvin Hayes

Closest Chuck Hayes has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 3rd place (1975, 1979)

Elvin Hayes’ 1975 (Best season) Per Game averages: 23.0 PPG 12.2 RPG 2.5 APG 2.3 BPG and 1.9 SPG

Elvin Hayes’ 1975 NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team member, and NBA All-Defensive Second Team member.

 

9. Jason Kidd

Closest Jason Kidd has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 2nd place (2002)

Jason Kidd’s 2002 Per Game averages: 14.7 PPG 9.9 APG 7.3 RPG and 2.1 SPG

Jason Kidd’s 2002 NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team member, and NBA All-Defensive First Team member.

 

8. Isiah Thomas

Closest Isiah Thomas has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 5th place (1984)

Isiah Thomas’ 1984 Per Game averages: 21.3 PPG 11.1 APG 4.0 RPG and 2.5 SPG

Isiah Thomas’ 1984 NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, and All-NBA First Team member.

 

7. John Stockton

Closest John Stockton has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 7th place (1989)

John Stockton’s 1989 Per Game averages: 17.1 PPG 13.6 APG 3.2 SPG and 3.0 RPG

John Stockton’s 1989 NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team member, NBA All-Defensive Second Team member, NBA assists leader, and NBA steals leader.

 

6. John Havlicek

Closest John Havlicek has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 4th place (1972)

John Havlicek’s 1972 Per Game averages: 27.5 PPG 8.2 RPG and 7.5 APG

John Havlicek’s 1972 NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team member, and NBA All-Defensive First Team member.

 

5. Scottie Pippen

Closest Scottie Pippen has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 3rd place (1994)

Scottie Pippen’s 1994 Per Game averages: 22.0 PPG 8.7 RPG 5.6 APG and 2.9 SPG

Scottie Pippen’s 1994 NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, All-NBA First Team member, and NBA All-Defensive First Team member.

 

4. Rick Barry

Closest Rick Barry has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 4th place (1975, 1976)

Rick Barry’s 1975 (Best season) Per Game averages: 30.6 PPG 6.2 APG 5.7 RPG and 2.9 SPG

Rick Barry’s 1975 NBA season achievements: NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team member, and NBA steals leader.

 

3. Dwyane Wade

Closest Dwyane Wade has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 3rd place (2009)

Dwyane Wade’s 2009 Per Game averages: 30.2 PPG 7.5 APG 5.0 RPG 2.2 SPG and 1.3 BPG

Dwyane Wade’s 2009 NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team member, All-Defensive Second Team member, and NBA scoring champion.

 

2. Elgin Baylor

Closest Elgin Baylor has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 2nd place (1961, 1963)

Elgin Baylor’s 1961 (Best season) Per Game averages: 34.8 PPG 19.8 RPG and 5.1 APG

Elgin Baylor’s NBA season achievements: NBA All-Star, and All-NBA First Team member.

 

1. Jerry West

Closest Jerry West has come to winning an NBA MVP award: 2nd place (1966, 1970, 1971, 1972)

Jerry West’s 1972 (Best season) Per Game averages: 25.8 PPG 9.7 APG and 4.2 RPG

Jerry West’s NBA season achievements: NBA Champion, NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, All-NBA First Team member, NBA All-Defensive Team member, and NBA assists leader.

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