Iverson Dominates MVP Balloting
Posted Oct 18 2001 10:13PM
Sixers star is history's smallest MVP, but he won by large margin
NEW YORK, May 15 -- Adding to an already tremendous season, Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson on Tuesday was named the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2000-01 season.
San Antonio's Tim Duncan finished second with 706 points (18 first-place votes) and Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, last year's MVP, was third with 578 points (seven first place-votes). Sacramento's Chris Webber finished fourth in the voting with 521 points (five first-place votes) and Minnesota's Kevin Garnett was fifth with 151 points (one first-place vote).
At 6-0, Iverson is the shortest player in NBA history to win the award. At 165 pounds, he is also the lightest player in NBA history to win. Bob Cousy, the NBA Most Valuable Player in 1956-57, previously held the distinction at 6-1 and 175 pounds.
Iverson was the only player named on all 124 ballots. O'Neal, Duncan and Webber were named on 121, 120 and 116 ballots, respectively. Seventeen players received at least one vote.
In his fifth NBA season out of Georgetown, Iverson led the Sixers to an Eastern Conference-best 56 victories, the most for the franchise since 1985, and their first Atlantic Division title since 1990. He becomes the first Sixer to be named league MVP since Moses Malone won his third MVP award in 1982-83.
A fierce competitor at both ends of the floor, Iverson finished the season with a career-high and league-leading 31.1 points a game, while also leading the NBA in steals (2.51 a game) and minutes played (42.0 a game). He is the first player since Michael Jordan in 1992-93 to lead the league in points and steals per game.
Voted by fans to start in this year's All-Star Game, Iverson garnered MVP honors by scoring a game-high 25 points and leading the East to a 111-110 comeback victory.
He scored 40 or more points 17 times this season, 30 or more points 35 times, was a two-time recipient of the NBA's Player of the Week award, and was named the NBA's Player of the Month for January.
The 124-member voting panel consisted of 37 national media members and three media members who cover the NBA regularly from each of the league's 29 teams. Media voted for five MVP candidates in order of preference. Points were awarded on a 10-7-5-3-1 basis.
The MVP trophy is named in honor of the late Maurice Podoloff, the first commissioner of the NBA who served from 1946 until his retirement in 1963.
Following are the voting results for the 2000-01 NBA Most Valuable Player Award and the all-time list of winners.
2000-01 MVP voting results
MVP award winners
1955-56: Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1956-57: Bob Cousy, Boston
1957-58: Bill Russell, Boston
1958-59: Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1959-60: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1960-61: Bill Russell, Boston
1961-62: Bill Russell, Boston
1962-63: Bill Russell, Boston
1963-64: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
1964-65: Bill Russell, Boston
1965-66: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1966-67: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1967-68: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1968-69: Wes Unseld, Baltimore
1969-70: Willis Reed, New York
1970-71: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1971-72: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1972-73: Dave Cowens, Boston
1973-74: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1974-75: Bob McAdoo, Buffalo
1975-76: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A.Lakers
1976-77: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A.Lakers
1977-78: Bill Walton, Portland
1978-79: Moses Malone, Houston
1979-80: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A. Lakers
1980-81: Julius Erving, Philadelphia
1981-82: Moses Malone, Houston
1982-83: Moses Malone, Philadelphia
1983-84: Larry Bird, Boston
1984-85: Larry Bird, Boston
1985-86: Larry Bird, Boston
1986-87: Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
1987-88: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988-89: Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
1989-90: Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers
1990-91: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1991-92: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1992-93: Charles Barkley, Phoenix
1993-94: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1994-95: David Robinson, San Antonio
1995-96: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1996-97: Karl Malone, Utah
1997-98: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1998-99: Karl Malone, Utah
1999-2000: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A. Lakers
2000-01: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers