NBA Metrics 101: Best Seasons That Didn’t Result in MVP

Not every great season in NBA history is rewarded with an MVP trophy.

This year, another all-time campaign will go unrecognized. If Russell Westbrook ends up holding the Maurice Podoloff Trophy after averaging a season-long triple-double, James Harden will be left out. The reverse will hold true if the bearded guard is the voters’ favorite. And either way, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James won’t be¬†cheap nike nfl jerseys china¬† given enough credit for their incredible efforts.

But will any of these current studs submit one of the best seasons in NBA history that didn’t result in an MVP? In addition to ranking the top 20 (limited to one per player), this article will also let you know where those aforementioned superstars would sit if they maintained their current level of play until the end of the regular season and then failed to win the most prominent individual award.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 21:  Tracy McGrady #1 of the Orlando Magic waits for play to begin against the Sacramento Kings during the NBA game at Arco Arena on November 21, 2003 in Sacramento, California. The Kings won 122-92.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Tracy McGrady #1 of the Orlando Magic waits for play to begin against the Sacramento Kings during the NBA game at Arco Arena on November 21, 2003 in Sacramento, California. The Kings won 122-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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As always in the Metrics 101 series, the rankings will be determined in wholly objective fashion.

We’re drawing from a pool of 105 individual seasons earned by 54 different contributors throughout NBA history. Those 105 featured players on the losing ends of MVP races still drew enough love from voters to earn at least 0.3 MVP shares, which typically means they were either the No. 2 finisher during a runaway season from the actual winner or in contention with multiple players during a tight year. Either way, they were highly relevant to the basketball landscape.

Within that group, ranks were determined in each of the following categories:

Player efficiency rating (PER), which rewards both volume and efficiency while giving a boost to those who engage in the most high-scoring exploits.
Win shares (WS), which boost to players who A) play a lot, B) cheap nfl nike jerseys china play effectively and C) play for winning teams.
NBA Math’s total points added (TPA), which account for total value more than the offensively tilted PER. TPA only dates back to 1973-74, so all eligible seasons prior to its inception didn’t see this metric factor into the equation.

All 105 qualified seasons had their ranks in each category averaged, using stats heading into games on March 26.nfl nike jersey cheap