11 Youngest MVP Winners in NBA History

Winning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the NBA is the greatest achievement any baller could ever have. While there are no clear criteria of who should win it, the award is open to all the best performers of the season even to the young players.

Truth be told, the new breed of NBA players can outperform even the seasoned ones.

Here are the youngest NBA MVPs.

#11 Giannis Antetokounmpo (age 24)

Antetokounmpo is the latest addition to the list of elite basketball players who achieved the highest milestone in the NBA. He was the third-youngest player to become an MVP in 40 years, joining Derrick Rose and LeBron James in the roster. 

#10 Bob Pettit (age 24)

Pettit was a dominant force in the history of the NBA in terms of scoring and rebounding. He has two MVP awards, the first one of which he received in his sophomore year.

#9 Bill Russell (age 24)

With a total of five MVP trophies, Russell was one of the most successful players in the NBA sans a championship trophy. He was a rebounding leader in his heydays. In one of the games, he grabbed a total of 49 boards.

#8 Lew Alcindor (age 24)

Alcindor is a familiar face in the NBA; he goes by the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar now. He has a record of six MVP awards from the first one he earned in the 1970-71 season. The same season wherein the Milwaukee Bucks won the championship.

#7 Dave Cowens (age 24)

Cowens won the Rookie of the Year award, and after two years, both the league and All-Star Game MVP awards. He was also one of the reasons why the Boston Celtics received an NBA-best record of 68-14. 

#6 Moses Malone (age 24)

Malone was NBA’s best player in 1979, but it was in 1981 when he had his first finals, with the House Rockets. He has a total of three MVP awards.

#5 LeBron James (age 24)

James won his first MVP award in the same year the Cleveland Cavaliers led the major categories, i.e., points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. He was the tenth player to win the award back-to-back (2012 and 2013).

#4 Wes Unseld (age 23)

Unseld held the NBA record of winning the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in a single season—the second player to do so. Although he was undersized for a center, standing at 6’7”, he had the strength to create rebounds that matter. He earned the moniker Round Mound of Rebound because of this. 

#3 Bob McAdoo (age 23)

McAdoo was an underrated big man, playing for at least seven teams throughout his career. He won the NBA MVP award in the 1974-75 season. 

#2 Wilt Chamberlain (age 23)

Chamberlain was the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards within the same season. He also holds the records for the highest rookie averages that no other MVP players gained including 37.6 points and 27 rebounds. He went on to win three more MVP awards. 

#1 Derrick Rose (age 22)

Rose won the MVP award two years after winning his Rookie of the Year award. He was the second Chicago Bulls player to win the MVP award during his first few seasons in the NBA; Michael Jordan was the first Bulls player to achieve this milestone.

 

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Revisiting Malice at the Palace 15 Years After

Well, almost.

The most infamous brawl in NBA history, as the Associated Press described it, happened on November 19, 2004, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Thus, the epithet ‘Malice at the Palace.’

After 15 years, the Pacers-Pistons brawl remains the darkest hour of the league. The scuffle also changed the way the entire NBA deal with physical confrontations after that.

What happened at the Malice of the Palace?

NBA’s official rules state that:

Violent acts of any nature on the court will not be tolerated. Players involved in altercations will be ejected, fined and/or suspended.

There is absolutely no justification for fighting in an NBA game. The fact that you may feel provoked by another player is not an acceptable excuse. If a player takes it upon himself to retaliate, he can expect to be subject to appropriate penalties. 

Mark Montieth said that you can always ask ten people about what happened and you’d have ten versions of the ‘perfect storm.’ It forever tarnished the image of the entire league and its players. Here’s what transpired.

The Pistons and Pacers are two of the best Eastern Conference teams. The November 19 can be considered as a rematch from the prior season’s conference finals. On the one hand, you have the defending league champion (Pistons); on the other hand, you have a five-injured player deficit (Pacers). The situation did not stop the latter from leading the game with 15 points.

Ben Wallace took the final ball possession and attempted a layup. Stephen Jackson failed to stop him, but Ron Artest approached then gave Wallace a hard foul. Wallace was knocked off and reverted by shoving his hands on Artest’s face and neck. Artest ended up reeling. 

The brawl started. 

Soon, members of both teams were trying to appease Wallace as he was too ready to attack Artest. Artest clowned on him while Wallace was shouting at him. Someone threw something and almost hit Artest. Wallace also threw a towel at him. Artest retaliated but was restrained. A beer cup was seen flying and landed on Artest’s chest squarely, splashing the beer content on his face.

The brawl ensued.

This, by far, was the longest 4 ½ minutes in NBA. 

The punishments mostly profoundly affected the players, including their behaviours off-court to the point of calling them ‘thugs’ as well as the rest of the players on how they need to conduct themselves on-court.

Again, it boils downs to the rules. Then Commissioner David Stern reacted firmly with the suspensions of Artest, Jackson, Wallace, Jermaine O’Neal, and Anthony Johnson, among others. Legal charges were also implemented, resulting in probation, fines, community service, and anger management therapy.

The aftermath of the brawl

Long after the blame game was done and over, the entire league countered the adverse effects of the Malice at the Palace. 

Existing security guidelines were tightened while new guidelines were also introduced. NBA teams increased protective measures for both players and arenas. Each needed to employ at least three security guards to protect the players and the fans.

On the fans’ side, the size limits for alcohol purchases, which is now at 710 mL, were issued. This included the hard cap of two alcoholic beverages per individual. No alcohol must be sold after the third quarter of the game.

To wit, these changes had been the most significant lessons of this notorious NBA melee.

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3 Best Performing NBA Teams of All-Time

When it comes to basketball, it’s hard to pin down which the best NBA team of all-time is. Fill an entire room with a hundred fans, and you’d get a hundred different answers.

There is no exact formula when it comes to ranking the best basketball teams in NBA history. That’s 72 years of history and counting!

Good thing, some stats can make the process of determining who the best NBA team is. While at it, while the winning teams’ strategy revolved around outstanding players who work together to win a championship. 

Winning an NBA championship is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of each team and player.

Below are the best performing NBA teams.

Runner-up – 2016-17 Golden State Warriors

Record: 67-15

Playoffs: 16-1

The Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors is composed of talented basketball players today. 

The 2016-17 season was the Warriors’ best year so far. The team broke several records including the 16-1 playoff record, the highest winning percentage in NBA history. It was one of the teams to enter the finals the earliest (February 25).  

#3 – 1895-86 Boston Celtics

Record: 67-15

Playoffs: 15-3

In the 1984-85 season, Boston Celtics lost the NBA championship to Los Angeles Lakers. Larry Bird and his team were motivated to win against its archnemesis.

The Celtics won the regular season with 67 games. They were able to beat Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, and Chicago Bulls in the playoffs (Eastern Conference). 

The Celtics beat Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals of that season, with an 82 combined wins at the regular season and playoffs.

From the franchise’s best, five players went to be included in the Hall of Famers.

#2 – 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 65-17

Playoffs: 12-3

The year before their banner year was a failure for the Los Angeles Lakers. The team did not make it to the NBA Finals. Boston Celtics won the championship then.

The 1986-87 season was an opportunity for the Lakers to reclaim their throne. Magic Johnson led the team, along with equally great scorers James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

Not only they made it into the Finals but also defeated the Boston Celtics after a historic six games season-ender.

#1 – 1995-96 Chicago Bulls

Record: 72-10

Playoffs: 15-3

The trio of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls was the epitome of NBA greatness. Theirs was an extraordinary display of offence and defence combined. Such a claim was made evident by their 1995-96 championship.

The year prior was not at all stellar especially that Jordan had already left to focus on baseball. He made a surprise comeback, but Orlando Magic halted their championship bid. The Bulls lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman played as they did in the past in the next year. The Bulls finished the season with not just a championship, but an NBA record of 72 wins – the highest in a single season. It is also the first team to have three players in the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

 

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