The Youngest MVPs in NBA History (25 and Under)

Derrick Rose And Wes Unseld Both Won The NBA MVP At The Age Of 22

Derrick Rose And Wes Unseld Both Won The NBA MVP At The Age Of 22

If you’re an NBA fan, chances are you know Derrick Rose was the youngest MVP winner a few years back at the age of 22. He still is.

Another MVP winner was 22, too, did you know? Baltimore Bullets‘ center Wes Unseld was that age when he won it after the 1968-69 season – but about seven months older than Rose.

Last year’s winner, the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s Kevin Durant, was 25 – young enough to make today’s list of everybody 25 and under who took home the Maurice Podoloff trophy (yes, that’s the name of the hardware).

LeBron James was one of the youngest MVPs…twice, back-to-back in 2008-09 (24) and 2009-10 (25).

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also, twice.

What does all this and those 16 ballers below tell you? What does all this mean?

It means if you’re this young and you win the MVP, it heralds (at least so far) a Hall of Fame future.

Everyone on this list that is eligible is in.

The only (wrong!) exception is Allen Iverson. Believe me, he belongs.

James and Tim Duncan, still active, will get in.

Rose and Durant have yet to prove themselves worthy, but if Durant keeps up his mojo, he’ll get in.

Ironically, the youngest MVP of all time – Rose – might wind up being the only non-Hall of Famer of the bunch, thanks to constant season-breaking injuries. Let’s hope that’s not the case. He’s so good when healthy.

MVP SEASON AGE BIRTHDAY TEAM PPG RPG APG FG%
1. Derrick Rose 2010-11 22 Oct. 4 Chicago Bulls 25 4.1 7.7 44.5
2. Wes Unseld 1968-69 22 Mar. 14 Baltimore Bullets 13.8 18.2 2.6 47.6
3. Bob Pettit 1955-56 23 Dec. 12 St. Louis Hawks 25.7 16.2 2.6 42.9
4. Bob McAdoo 1974-75 23 Sep. 25 Buffalo Braves 34.5 14.1 2.2 51.2
5. Wilt Chamberlain 1959-60 23 Aug. 21 Philadelphia Warriors 37.6 27 2.3 46.1
6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970-71 23 Apr. 16 Milwaukee Bucks 31.7 16 3.3 57.7
7. Moses Malone 1978-79 23 Mar. 23 Houston Rockets 24.8 17.6 1.8 54.0
8. Bill Russell 1957-58 23 Feb. 12 Boston Celtics 16.6 22.7 2.9 44.2
9. LeBron James 2008-09 24 Dec. 30 Cleveland Cavaliers 28.4 7.6 7.2 48.9
10. Dave Cowens 1972-73 24 Oct. 25 Boston Celtics 20.5 16.2 4.1 45.2
11. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1971-72 24 Apr. 16 Milwaukee Bucks 34.8 16.6 4.6 57.4
12. Michael Jordan 1987-88 24 Feb. 17 Chicago Bulls 35 5.5 5.9 53.5
13. LeBron James 2009-10 25 Dec. 30 Cleveland Cavaliers 29.7 7.3 8.6 50.3
14. Oscar Robertson 1963-64 25 Nov. 24 Cincinnati Royals 31.4 9.9 11 48.3
15. Bill Walton 1977-78 25 Nov. 5 Portland Trail Blazers 18.9 13.2 5 52.2
16. Kevin Durant 2013-14 25 Sep. 29 Oklahoma City Thunder 32 7.4 5.5 50.3
17. Allen Iverson 2000-01 25 Jun. 7 Philadelphia 76ers 31.1 3.8 4.6 42.0
18. Tim Duncan 2001-02 25 Apr. 25 San Antonio Spurs 25.5 12.7 3.7 50.8

Photos: Ezra Shaw, Getty via zimbio.com / nba.com

Posted on December 2, 2014, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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