Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Statistically Best and Worst NBA MVP seasons in the Past 30 Years

The 6 Worst

6.  Hakeem 1993-94 -- 14.3 Win Shares, .210 Win Shares Per 48.  Jordan was off serving his suspens....I mean, off playing baseball...

5.  Larry Bird 1983-84 -- 13.6 and .215 -- Bird's worst numbers out of his 3 MVP seasons.

4.  Derrick Rose 2010-11 -- 13.1 and .208 -- I have always been confused at this selection.  Rose was 5th in total Win Shares and 10th in WS/48!!!!!  Tenth.  I guess the LeBron to Miami backlash was so extreme that the writers jumped on any bandwagon they could find.

3.  Steve Nash II 2005-06 -- 12.4 and .212 -- in his defense, it is difficult to put up Win Share numbers this big when you only play 1 end of the court.  In his two MVP seasons combined, Nash didn't have 4 defensive win shares.

2.  Steve Nash I 2004-05 -- 10.9 and ,.203 -- criminal

1.  Allen Iverson 2000-01 -- 11.8 and .190 -- the only MVP season under .2 WS/48 in the past 30 years.  10th in Win Shares, did not reach the top 10 in WS/48.



The 5 Best

5.  LeBron 2012-13 -- 19.3 WS and .322 WS/48.  Could rank higher, but his overall minutes were down compared to the top 4.

4 and 3 and 2 (tie)  Jordan 1995-96 -- 20.4 and .317
LeBron 2008-09 -- 20.3 and .318
Jordan 1990-91 - 20.3 and .321
 -- At this point you really start splitting hairs, but I could not split these.

1.  Jordan 1987-88 -- 21.2 and .308 -- no one in the past 30 years has put up 21 WS in a season.  While Jordan was not quite as efficient in this season as he would later prove to be, that 21st WS gets him the #1 spot.

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