Bill Russell (left) won the award five times in his NBA career. Wilt Chamberlain (center) won the award four times in his career.
Jordan in 2014
Olajuwon in 2015
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record-setting six times in his career.
Jordan in 1992
A billboard at the University of Houston congratulating Olajuwon on being the 1994 NBA Most Valuable Player
Michael Jordan won the award five times in his career.
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
One of only five numbers retired by the University of Houston men's basketball team, Olajuwon's No. 34 hangs in Fertitta Center.
Hakeem Olajuwon (right) is one of three players to win the NBA MVP and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in the same season.
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Olajuwon (right) defending Jawann Oldham on November 25, 1986
LeBron James is a four-time NBA MVP.
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Olajuwon signing autographs
Tim Duncan, of the San Antonio Spurs, won back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards in the '01-02 and '02-03 seasons.
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Derrick Rose became the youngest player to ever win the award at age 22.
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Stephen Curry won back-to-back MVP awards and was the first unanimous winner in the 2015–16 season.
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
Giannis Antetokounmpo won back to back MVP awards in 2018–19 and 2019–20. He became the first player to win League MVP and the NBA Most Improved Player award.
James Worthy, Jordan, and Dean Smith in 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams
Nikola Jokić won back to back MVP awards in 2020–21 and 2021–22. He became one of only two players to be selected in the second round of the NBA draft to win the award.
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.

- Hakeem Olajuwon

Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, ten NBA scoring titles (both all-time records), five NBA MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game selections, three NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, three NBA steals titles, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

- Michael Jordan

Both Bill Russell and Michael Jordan won the award five times, while Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James won the award four times.

- NBA Most Valuable Player Award

He became the first non-American to be an NBA All-Star and start in an NBA All-Star Game, the first non-American to win the NBA MVP, the first non-American to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and in the 1993–94 season became the first player in NBA history to win the NBA's MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Finals MVP awards in the same season.

- Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon of Nigeria, Duncan of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nash of Canada, Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, Antetokounmpo of Greece, and Jokić of Serbia are the only MVP winners considered "international players" by the NBA.

- NBA Most Valuable Player Award

The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick of the 1984 NBA draft after Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) and Sam Bowie (Portland Trail Blazers).

- Michael Jordan
Bill Russell (left) won the award five times in his NBA career. Wilt Chamberlain (center) won the award four times in his career.

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National Basketball Association

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Professional basketball league in North America.

Professional basketball league in North America.

Bill Russell defending against Wilt Chamberlain in 1966.
Michael Jordan goes to the basket for a slam dunk in 1987.
Kobe Bryant defending LeBron James in a February 2016 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers
Bill Russell defending against Wilt Chamberlain in 1966.

Michael Jordan entered the league in 1984 with the Chicago Bulls, spurring more interest in the league.

Hakeem Olajuwon won back-to-back titles with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995.

The Most Valuable Player Award is given to the player deemed the most valuable for (his team) that season.

Malone in 2011

Karl Malone

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American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Malone in 2011
Malone, circa 1988
Malone in 1997
Malone's statue outside the Vivint Arena
Malone with Diamond Dallas Page in 1998

He was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 14-time NBA All-Star, and an 11-time member of the All-NBA first team.

Malone averaged 29.1 points in, good for second in the NBA behind Michael Jordan, and 10.7 rebounds, which was fifth in the league.

Although Malone scored 32 points in the Jazz' 104–99 Game 2 loss, along with Stockton's 18, they and the Jazz were no match for the Rockets with high-scoring center Hakeem Olajuwon.

O'Neal in 2017

Shaquille O'Neal

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American former professional basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

American former professional basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

O'Neal in 2017
O'Neal playing for the Cole High School varsity basketball team in 1988–89
DIESEL DJing at the 2018 All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
In 8 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers (1996–2004), O'Neal won three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002 and appeared in the 2004 NBA Finals.
O'Neal during Game 5 of the 2000 NBA Finals
O'Neal with Miami in 2007
O'Neal holding the championship ball when the NBA Champion Heat visited the White House
O'Neal with Phoenix teammate Steve Nash
O'Neal finished his career with the Boston Celtics.
O'Neal with the US national team at the 1994 FIBA World Championship
O'Neal's free throw shooting was regarded as one of his major weaknesses.
O'Neal in 1998
O'Neal (left) facing Big Show during the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32
O'Neal at the 2009 NBA All-Star game
O'Neal in 2011
O'Neal and the rest of the Lakers with President George W. Bush in the White House at a ceremony in early 2002 commemorating the team's 2001 NBA Championship

O'Neal's individual accolades include the 1999–2000 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award; the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award; 15 All-Star Game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards; three Finals MVP awards; two scoring titles; 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections.

He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star Game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000); the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1996 and 1998.

Despite this, the Rockets, led by future Hall-of-Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, swept the series in four games.

James with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022

LeBron James

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American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

James with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022
James picks up his dribble against Caron Butler of the Washington Wizards in November 2006.
James engages in his pre-game ritual of tossing crushed chalk into the air in March 2008; the routine was mostly ended after 2011.
James and DeShawn Stevenson in April 2008. The two had a short feud after Stevenson called James "overrated".
James with the Cavaliers in November 2009. He finished his first stint with the Cavaliers averaging 27.8 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
James goes in for a slam dunk as a member of the Heat, as John Wall of the Wizards looks on in March 2011.
James stands at midcourt during a dead ball on January 16, 2013. On that night, he became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points.
James throws a pass as Gorgui Dieng defends in December 2014. Later that season, James reached several passing milestones, including becoming the Cavaliers' all-time assists leader.
James dunking in October 2016
James protects the ball from Kyrie Irving in October 2017. The two were teammates in Cleveland for three seasons.
In June 2018, James became a free agent for a second time. He signed with the Lakers.
James backing down on Bradley Beal in December 2018. After missing out the playoffs for the first time since 2005, James and Anthony Davis led the Lakers in the NBA Bubble to win their first NBA title since 2010.
James at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
James posterized former Cleveland teammate Kevin Love in a game against the Cavaliers on March 21, 2022.
James attempting a shot over China's Yao Ming at the 2008 Summer Olympics
James dunking in a 2012 Team USA exhibition game
James drives to the basket in March 2008. A deft finisher, he led the NBA in scoring and shooting percentage at the rim in 2013.
James defending against Joe Harris in February 2018
James with the Cavaliers in 2017. NBA analyst Brian Windhorst, who spent his career covering James, recounted: "No one has ever had as much hype as James has had to live up to, and James has delivered on every last drop."
James, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dwyane Wade tape a public service announcement in January 2014
James with California Governor Gavin Newsom on The Shop when Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act in 2019
James (center) celebrates during the Heat's 2012 championship parade

Nicknamed "King James", he is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time and is often compared to Michael Jordan in debates over the greatest basketball player ever.

James has won four NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards, four NBA Finals MVP awards, three All-Star MVP awards, and two Olympic gold medals.

That summer, James worked with Hakeem Olajuwon in order to improve his post up game.