Old Horse Reclaims Stable! Ten oldest NBA MVP winners of all time, with Jordan missing out on the top spot!
2023/10/13

In the NBA, winning the regular season MVP is not an easy task. It requires outstanding performance from the player and leading the team to a top position in the division. It is even more difficult to win the MVP at an older age when physical abilities decline. So, who are the oldest MVP winners in NBA history?

10: Julius Erving (31 years, 37 days). Erving only won one regular season MVP in his career. Despite his remarkable performances, the competition was intense during that era, and Erving's NBA career wasn't very long. He had his best season at the age of 29, averaging nearly 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. However, it wasn't until he was 31 that he won the MVP with averages of 24.6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.

9: Steve Nash (31 years, 72 days). Nash is one of the few players in NBA history to win consecutive regular season MVPs. The first one came in the 2004-2005 season when he was already 30 years old. Despite joining the Suns for the first time that season, Nash averaged 15.5 points and 11.5 assists per game, with exceptional shooting percentages, leading the team to success and earning the MVP.

8: Hakeem Olajuwon (31 years, 93 days). Olajuwon is considered the greatest player in Rockets history, but he only won one MVP due to the competition in the 90s, which included Michael Jordan. At the age of 31, Olajuwon won the MVP with averages of 27.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game, leading his team to the championship.

7: Wilt Chamberlain (31 years, 207 days). Chamberlain, known as an ancient beast, had no trouble winning MVPs but experienced a decline in scoring dominance as he aged. However, at the age of 31, Chamberlain still won the MVP while playing for the 76ers, averaging 24.3 points per game and contributing to team success.

6: Steve Nash (32 years, 72 days). Nash's second MVP had less controversy compared to his first one. Despite strong performances from Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett that season, Nash stood out with better overall stats and leading his team to success. At the age of 32, Nash averaged 18.8 points, 10.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game.

5: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (32 years, 244 days). Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for the most regular season MVPs in NBA history. In the 1979-1980 season, at the age of 32, Abdul-Jabbar won the MVP with averages of 24.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 3.4 blocks per game. He surpassed Larry Bird to win the award.

4: Michael Jordan (33 years, 64 days). During his first retirement and comeback, Jordan faced setbacks, including being eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals. In the following season, at the age of 33, Jordan averaged 30. 4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game, easily winning the MVP and leading his team to a championship.

3: Karl Malone (33 years, 267 days). Despite losing to Jordan in the NBA Finals for two consecutive seasons, Malone was a formidable opponent. In the 1996-1997 season, at the age of 33, Malone averaged 27.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game, winning the MVP over Jordan.

2: Michael Jordan (35 years, 61 days). After defeating Malone in the NBA Finals, Jordan won his second MVP in his last season with the Bulls. Despite a slight decline in his shooting percentage, Jordan still averaged 28. 7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game at the age of 35.

1: Karl Malone (35 years, 280 days). Despite losing to Jordan in the Finals, Malone continued to perform at a high level in the following season. At nearly 36 years old, Malone averaged 23.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, becoming the oldest MVP in NBA history.

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