NBA MVP Award Betting

Betting on the NBA MVPBetting on the NBA MVP award is a great way to stay involved in the NBA season and keep track of the best players in the league over the regular season. The NBA MVP Award is the most prestigious award that the NBA can give out on a yearly basis, perhaps only matched in grandeur by the NBA Finals MVP award. The NBA MVP award is the recognition that, during the regular season, a given player was the best in the league.

MVP award betting doesn’t always go as planned. There are some famous MVP snubs (each of Steve Nash’s MVP wins arguably snubbed a more deserving player), but on the whole, looking through the MVP list can give you a real sense of where the league is at and what happened in the league over time. Upsets are sure to occur, but the state of sports media and opinion is becoming quite homogenized, to the point that the first unanimous MVP was elected only a few years ago. Previously, players like Michael Jordan and Lebron James had been denied unanimous MVP status by spiteful voters, but in the age of social media, media people are more afraid of backlash and more homogenized by the general thought processes.

NBA MVP Winners

Many of the greatest players in the league have won the MVP award. Below, you can find a list of all of the MVP winners, organized by year.

  • 2018–19 Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • 2017–18 James Harden
  • 2016–17 Russell Westbrook
  • 2015–16 Stephen Curry
  • 2014–15 Stephen Curry
  • 2013–14 Kevin Durant
  • 2012–13 LeBron James (4)
  • 2011–12 LeBron James (3)
  • 2010–11 Derrick Rose
  • 2009–10 LeBron James (2)
  • 2008–09 LeBron James
  • 2007–08 Kobe Bryant
  • 2006–07 Dirk Nowitzki
  • 2005–06 Steve Nash
  • 2004–05 Steve Nash
  • 2003–04 Kevin Garnett
  • 2002–03 Tim Duncan
  • 2001–02 Tim Duncan
  • 2000–01 Allen Iverson
  • 1999–00 Shaquille O'Neal
  • 1998–99 Karl Malone (2)
  • 1997–98 Michael Jordan (5)
  • 1996–97 Karl Malone
  • 1995–96 Michael Jordan (4)
  • 1994–95 David Robinson
  • 1993–94 Hakeem Olajuwon
  • 1992–93 Charles Barkley
  • 1991–92 Michael Jordan (3)
  • 1990–91 Michael Jordan (2)
  • 1989–90 Magic Johnson (3)
  • 1988–89 Magic Johnson (2)
  • 1987–88 Michael Jordan
  • 1986–87 Magic Johnson
  • 1985–86 Larry Bird (3)
  • 1984–85 Larry Bird (2)
  • 1983–84 Larry Bird
  • 1982–83 Moses Malone (3)
  • 1981–82 Moses Malone (2)
  • 1980–81 Julius Erving
  • 1979–80 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6)
  • 1978–79 Moses Malone
  • 1977–78 Bill Walton
  • 1976–77 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5)
  • 1975–76 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4)
  • 1974–75 Bob McAdoo
  • 1973–74 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2)
  • 1969–70 Willis Reed
  • 1968–69 Wes Unseld
  • 1967–68 Wilt Chamberlain (4)
  • 1966–67 Wilt Chamberlain (3)
  • 1965–66 Wilt Chamberlain (2)
  • 1964–65 Bill Russell (5)
  • 1963–64 Oscar Robertson
  • 1962–63 Bill Russell (4)
  • 1961–62 Bill Russell (3)
  • 1960–61 Bill Russell (2)
  • 1959–60 Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1958–59 Bob Pettit (2)
  • 1957–58 Bill Russell
  • 1956–57 Bob Cousy
  • 1955–56 Bob Pettit

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the most MVP Awards in history, with six, a record not likely to be broken any time soon. The currently active player with the most MVP awards is LeBron James, who has four, although some might argue he was snubbed in years when he was clearly the best player in the league. Similarly, Karl Malone’s winning of the MVP over Michael Jordan immediately preceded Jordan winning his fifth championship – over Malone’s Utah Jazz.

2020 NBA MVP Odds

While the season is not over, the odds at US sportsbooks are always open on the 2019-2020 NBA Most Valuable Player. Below, you can find a table of all of the people that Bovada offers odds on to win the NBA MVP. The field is led by reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, followed by one of the best players to ever play, Lebron James. Giannis has incredible numbers this season and plays on a team with a nearly immaculate record, but Lebron is…well, Lebron James. You can’t ever count him out.

Current NBA MVP Odds

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down the NBA’s basketball operations on March 11th, 2020, and there are a lot of things up in the air right now. The odds below are the most recent odds, and one final thing worth noting is that there was an unofficial survey of MVP voters that showed Giannis significantly ahead of Lebron, despite Lebron’s late push.

Odds To WIN NBA MVP Award:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo -750
  • LeBron James +650
  • Luka Doncic +1200
  • James Harden +1200
  • Anthony Davis +3000
  • Damian Lillard +5000
  • Kawhi Leonard +6000
  • Russell Westbrook +8000
  • Pascal Siakam +10000
  • Nikola Jokic +10000
  • Paul George +12500
  • Joel Embiid +10000
  • Russell Westbrook +8000

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