The nine franchises that have never won an NBA MVP
Winning the NBA MVP award is the single greatest achievement a player can reach. Although winning championships is why, ideally, all players play the game, the MVP is still the biggest individual honor. While there have been 61 MVP’s in the history of the league, there are nine franchises without a single one
According to Reddit user ‘arashtp’, the nine franchises without an MVP season are the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, and Toronto Raptors.
Some of these teams make more sense than others. For example, the Grizzlies were notoriously bad during their tenure in Vancouver. The Raptors have only recently established themselves as a constant postseason force. The Pelicans and Hornets are usually teams that near the bottom of the league with very few MVP candidates (Anthony Davis and Chris Paul were the closest.
However, there are surprising teams as well. For example, the Pistons have boasted multiple Hall-of-Famers in their history. The best player in the history of the franchise is guard Isiah Thomas, but Thomas was never even in the top-3 in MVP voting. The Pacers boasted Hall-of-Fame guard Reggie Miller, but Miller was never an MVP candidate.