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The youngest players to receive MVP votes in NBA history

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It’s rare, but there have been times in NBA history when a player is so good, so quickly that they receive MVP votes very early on in their careers.

Two prime examples of that took place in 2003-04, when LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony became the two youngest men ever to get MVP votes, at ages 19 and 20 apiece.

Two other superstar players to receive MVP votes early on in their careers were Hall-of-Famers Isiah Thomas and Shaquille O’Neal, who received those honors in 1981-82 and 1992-93 respectively.

The most recent player to get MVP votes at a very young age, and the player who rounds out the Top 5 of the ranking below, is Luka Doncic in 2019-20 when he finished fourth in MVP voting as a 21-year-old.

Below, check out the 50 youngest players to get MVP votes in NBA history.

(Note: All ages by the time of the official end of that season.)

Finished at No. 9 in the MVP vote in 2003-04

Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

Isiah Thomas

Shaquille ONeal, Orlando Magic

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

John Drew

Kevin Durant

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Finished at No. 12 in the MVP vote in 1999-00

Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers

Finished at No. 11 in the MVP vote in 1980-81

Antoine Walker

Finished at No. 12 in the MVP vote in 1997-98

Finished at No. 17 in the MVP vote in 1996-97

Tracy McGrady

Finished at No. 6 in the MVP vote in 2000-01

Tim Duncan

Finished at No. 5 in the MVP vote in 1997-98

Finished at No. 10 in the MVP vote in 2019-20

Jason Kidd

Moses Malone

Finished at No. 6 in the MVP vote in 1976-77

Blake Griffin

Finished at No. 10 in the MVP vote in 2010-11

Terry Cummings

Finished at No. 13 in the MVP vote in 1982-83

Anthony Davis

Finished at No. 5 in the MVP vote in 2014-15

Buck Williams

Finished at No. 21 in the MVP vote in 1981-82

Finished at No. 12 in the MVP vote in 2019-20

Michael Jordan

Finished at No. 6 in the MVP vote in 1984-85

Marques Johnson

Finished at No. 10 in the MVP vote in 1977-78

Vince Carter

Finished at No. 16 in the MVP vote in 1998-99

Hakeem Olajuwon

Finished at No. 12 in the MVP vote in 1984-85

Dwight Howard

Finished at No. 5 in the MVP vote in 2007-08

Finished at No. 7 in the MVP vote in 2016-17

Finished at No. 5 in the MVP vote in 1960-61

Amare Stoudemire

Finished at No. 9 in the MVP vote in 2004-05

Derrick Rose, MVP

Finished at No. 1 in the MVP vote in 2010-11

Bob McAdoo vs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Finished at No. 7 in the MVP vote in 2021-22

David Thompson

Finished at No. 7 in the MVP vote in 1976-77

Clyde Drexler

Finished at No. 22 in the MVP vote in 1984-85

Jay Vincent

Finished at No. 21 in the MVP vote in 1981-82

Jerry West

Finished at No. 12 in the MVP vote in 1960-61

Kevin Garnett

Finished at No. 10 in the MVP vote in 1998-99

Jack Twyman

Finished at No. 8 in the MVP vote in 1956-57

Chris Paul

Finished at No. 2 in the MVP vote in 2007-08

Finished at No. 15 in the MVP vote in 1980-81

Jamaal Wilkes

Finished at No. 17 in the MVP vote in 1975-76

Spencer Haywood

Finished at No. 5 in the MVP vote in 1971-72

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Finished at No. 3 in the MVP vote in 1969-70

Finished at No. 10 in the MVP vote in 1962-63

Mark Jackson

Finished at No. 13 in the MVP vote in 1987-88

Finished at No. 5 in the MVP vote in 1966-67

Chris Bosh

Finished at No. 7 in the MVP vote in 2006-07



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