The NBA’s MVP award is granted to the best player in the tournaments during a certain season. Mostly, the players who won the trophy are those that are in their finest moments but some players received this award later during their procession. 


In this post, we shall find out the Top 6 oldest players to win the NBA MVP Award


  • Karl Malone 1998-99 (35)

Karl Malone

The former basketball player is Nicknamed “the Mailman”, and is regarded as one of the most terrific power forwards in NBA history. He was a part of the Utah Jazz throughout 18 seasons and formed a power duo with his squad mate John Stockton. During his career, Malone has won two NBA Most, fourteen times NBA All-Star, and eleven times a part of the All-NBA first squad. His overall points scored is 36,928 and is the third-best all-time in NBA history under Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James. 


At 35 years of age, Malone became the oldest recipient of the MVP award.


  • Michael Jordan 1997-98 (34)

Michael Jordan

When Michael Jordan was 34 years old, he received his first MVP after participating in all eighty-two matches and averaging 28.7 scores, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in under forty minutes in every single game. Jordan also led the Chicago Bulls to a 62-20 record, which was plenty good for the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Players who were also a candidate for the MVP award are Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Shaquille O’Neal, and Tim Duncan but Jordan was the unanimous choice and thus won the most votes by a total of 92.


Considered the greatest of all time and truly so, MJ has won tons of MVPs and many other awards throughout his profession. 


  • Karl Malone 1996-97 (33)

Karl Malone

In the 1996 Olympics, Karl Malone won his second gold medal and came back stronger during the 1996-97 season. “The Mailman” averaged 27.4 scores and 9.8 rebounds in every single game. Malone led Utah Jazz to a record-breaking 64-18 of the franchise. Utah would attain the top place in the Western Conference and they would go to the NBA Finals to face off against MJ’s Chicago Bulls.


MJ led Chicago Bulls to triumph over the first and second but Malone led the Jazz to back-to-back victories in Salt Lake City as they tied the events. Nonetheless, Chicago won the following two matches to give the Jazz the first of two Finals defeats. Despite all that, Malone was still given his first MVP award in his profession when he was 33 years old. But this is definitely not his last.


  • Michael Jordan 1995-96 (32)

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls’ was the most prevalent ever in the 1996 season. The squad got even stronger after adding Dennis Rodman (San Antonio Spurs) during the offseason. They began the season gaining a victory in their first thirty-seven games leading to a then league-record 44 straight wins at their hometown. The Bulls completed with a record of 72-10 that season which was the best in the NBA during that period.


MJ won his fourth MVP award at the age of 32 at the end of the season as the Chicago Bulls triumphed over their fourth NBA title.


  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1979-80 (32)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was 32 years old when he received his last MVP. While Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers was the runner-up and forward  George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs obtained the third-highest votes. Los Angeles Lakers ended up winning after overthrowing the Sixers in the NBA Finals in six games in 1980 with Abdul-Jabbar obtaining his first of five rings as a team Lakers.


  • Steve Nash 2005-06 (31)

Steve Nash

After a stupendous 1st season with the Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash had an additional appearance in 2006. He obtained his 1st All-Star beginning in 2006 and would lead the league in assists for the 2nd consecutive season with 10.5 dimes in every game. 


Nash was also the finest free-thrower in the league at 92.1 percent from the foul line. Not only that but he also had successful career highs in points at 18.8 each game and 4.2 rebounds per game. Overall, Nash participated in eighteen seasons in the NBA and was an 8-time All-Star and a 7-time All-NBA selection. He had also won two NBA Most Valuable Players while he was still a part of the Phoenix Suns.

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