Jordan in 2014
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 1992
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record-setting six times in his career.
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Michael Jordan won the award five times in his career.
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
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.
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
LeBron James is a four-time NBA MVP.
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Tim Duncan, of the San Antonio Spurs, won back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards in the '01-02 and '02-03 seasons.
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Derrick Rose became the youngest player to ever win the award at age 22.
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
Stephen Curry won back-to-back MVP awards and was the first unanimous winner in the 2015–16 season.
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
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.
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
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 receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

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
Jordan in 2014

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Westbrook with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022

Russell Westbrook

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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).

Westbrook with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022
Westbrook playing defense on USC's O. J. Mayo
Westbrook (left) looks at then-teammate Kevin Durant in the post against Boston in 2010
Westbrook in March 2011
Westbrook drives to the basket in March 2011
Westbrook goes up for a layup against Cleveland in 2015
Westbrook defending Damian Lillard in January 2016.
Westbrook with André Roberson
Westbrook shooting over Washington's John Wall
Westbrook reunited with former Thunder teammate James Harden in Houston.
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Westbrook dribbling in 2015

A member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team, he is a nine-time NBA All-Star and earned the NBA Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) for the 2016–17 season.

He joined Michael Jordan as the only players with 25+ points and 10+ assists in their NBA Finals debut.