Russell Westbrook and James Harden are having two of the greatest statistical seasons in NBA history, but only one will take home the MVP award. Whichever player takes home the title will likely crack the list of the best single-season performances in NBA MVP history. But for now, here are six of the best MVP seasons in NBA history.
6. Allen Iverson, 2000-2001
Iverson only one a single MVP award in his career, but the best pound-for-pound player in league history made it count. He averaged 31.1 points and 2.5 steals per game, leading the former category and finishing second in the latter. He single-handedly fought for the Philadelphia 76ers every night, making the accomplishment even more impressive.
5. LeBron James, 2012-13
His legacy resides with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his best season came with the Miami Heat. In 2012-13, James averaged 26.8 points, 7.3 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game, finishing with an absurdly high 31.6 PER and finishing second in Defensive Player of the Year voting as well.
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1971-72
When Wilt Chamberlain started to go down, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shot up. He averaged 38.4 points and 16.6 rebounds per game for the Milwaukee Bucks when he was only 24 years old. He probably would have led the NBA in blocks, too, if that was an official statistic that season.
3. Wilt Chamberlain, 1959-60
Chamberlain put up statistics one would only find in a video game now throughout his career. His peak may have been the '59-'60 season, when he averaged 37.6 points and 27 rebounds per game for the Philadelphia Warriors . Oh, and he was just a rookie.
2. Steph Curry, 2015-16
Steph Curry's second MVP season was significantly better than his first. He made the illustrious 50-40-90 club and shattered the record for most made three-pointers in a season, with 402. The Golden State Warriors guard was named the first unanimous MVP in league history.
1. Michael Jordan, 1987-88
The greatest player of all time had the greatest MVP season of all time too. He averaged 35.0 points, 5.9 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 3.2 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game, sporting an insane PER of 31.71. He also won Defensive Player of the Year, just for good measure.