Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic has been officially announced as the NBA’s 2021-22 Most Valuable Players. With this title, Jokic became the 13th player to ever win back-to-back NBA MVP.
The first person to be named NBA MVP was Bob Pettit, a St. Louis Hawks in the 1955-56 season. Since then, until 2022, 35 players have won the same title. Of these, it turns out that 13 players have won the NBA MVP title more than once. Including Nikola Jokic, named by Adrian Wojnarowski as the 2021-22 NBA MVP. Although the league itself has not announced the results.
The following is a list of 10 players who have won the NBA MVP title more than once:
1. Bill Russell (1961, 1962, 1963)
Legendary Boston Celtics center Bill Russell not only back-to-back but three seasons in a row became NBA MVP. The 11-time champion won his first NBA MVP award in 1957-58. Russell is listed as the third player to win the first NBA MVP title after Pettit and Bob Cousy. But in total, Russell won the NBA MVP title five times, namely in 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, and most recently in 1965.
2. Wilt Chamberlain (1966, 1967, 1968)
After collecting his first NBA MVP trophy in 1960 with the Philadelphia Warriors, Wilt Chamberlain did not win again for six years. But like Russell, he took charge of the award for three years in the late ’60s when he moved to the Philadelphia 76ers. Chamberlain won the NBA MVP in 1966, 1967, and 1968. So in total, he got four NBA MVP trophies.
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1971, 1972 and 1976, 1977)
When asked about who has the most NBA MVP trophies of all time? then the answer is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He has six NBA MVP trophies, with two back-to-back.
He was still known as Lew Alcindor (his nickname) when he won his first title in 1971, the same year he led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title. When moving to the Los Angeles Lakers, Abdul-Jabbar also won the NBA MVP title two seasons in a row. Abdul-Jabbar is known as the best hook-shot player in the world.
4. Moses Malone (1982, 1983)
While Moses Malone is not the first to win the NBA MVP in consecutive years or for two different teams, he is the first and only player to win back-to-back MVP awards with two different teams. After winning the award with the Houston Rockets in 1982, he won it again in 1983 as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers team.
5. Larry Bird (1984, 1985, 1986)
Larry Bird won the NBA MVP trophy for the third straight season after Moses Malone. Bird bought the trophy in 1984, 1985, and 1986. At the same time, the Boston Celtics always appeared in the NBA Finals and won the championship title in 1984 and 1986. Amazingly, Bird has also named MVP Finals at that time.
6. Magic Johnson (1989, 1990)
Magic Johnson followed Brid in 1987. Both are known to have the most interesting rivalry story in the NBA. Johnson got the NBA MVP trophy in 1987. But for back-to-back, he got it in 1989 and 1990. But after that fantastic record, Johnson had to retire from the NBA for the first time in 1991 because of HIV.
7. Michael Jordan (1991, 1992)
Michael Jordan has won the second-most NBA MVP after Bill Russell with five trophies. He won his first NBA MVP title in 1988 and his last in the 1998 season, which is recounted in the documentary “The Last Dance”.
But there was one moment when Jordan had a back-to-back NBA MVP. That happened in 1991 and 1992. In those years, Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to the NBA title.
8. Tim Duncan (2002, 2003)
Tim Duncan won the first NBA MVP award in his fifth season with the San Antonio Spurs. His performance in the 2001-02 regular season was arguably the best player of the player nicknamed “The Big Fundamental”. Because Duncan is averaging 25.5 points per game, adding 12.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. He won the award again in 2003. In the same year, he won his second NBA title out of a total of five wins.
9. LeBron James (2009, 2010 — 2012, 2013)
LeBron James won four NBA MVP awards in a span of five years and is the only player other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to be able to repeat back-to-back NBA MVPs. Like Kareem, LeBron did it for two separate teams. He won his first two seasons in 2009 and 2010. LeBron did back-to-back NBA MVP again in 2012 and 2013, the same two seasons he won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat.
10. Nikola Jokic (2021, 2022)
Jokic’s dominance of the 2021-22 regular season takes the Nuggets to a 48-34 record and is the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Jokic is averaging 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game with 58.3 percent shooting from the field and 33.7 percent from the three-point line.
Jokic is 10th in league scoring, second in rebounds, and eighth in assists. He also became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single season. Maybe the Nuggets should fall in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. But in this round, Jokic scored an average of 31.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game.
Earning a second MVP award in a row, Jokic joins a group of elite players to achieve the feat. Jokic became the 13th player in NBA history to win back-to-back MVP.