The National Basketball Association (NBA) has arranged some award sessions to honor the most desired players every year. Also, Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is given to that player who performed best in the regular season since 1955-56.
Generally, NBA players select the winner of the MVP by giving a vote. In the MVP award, the champion gets the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. The trophy’s name is in the name of the first NBA commissioner. Among all the awarded players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won the award six times.
Who has the Most MVPs in the NBA History?
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the most MVPs in the NBA with 6 MVP Awards. Leaving Bill Russell and Michael Jordan behind, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gets the honor of MVP awards six times in 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, and 1980.
Both Bill Russell and Michael Jordan gained the MVP award five times. So, it makes The Big ‘A’ the most MVP awarded player. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gets the MVP award three times for the Milwaukee Bucks and another three times for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The early life of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Jabbar was born on April 16, 1947, in New York City. From school life, he was too good in the basketball and in the New York City Catholic championships, where he earned a 71-game winning streak and a 79–2 overall record for his team Power Memorial Academy. The 7.2 feet player got the nickname “The Tower from Power” for this achievement. Again, he received a New York City high school record of 2,067 total points.
Conversion to Islam and 1968 Olympic boycott
As a protest against African-Americans’ unequal treatment in the United States, Jabbar boycotted the Olympics in 1968. Not only he boycotted the game, but he changed his religion from Catholicism to Sunni Islam. There Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. changed his identity to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Milwaukee Bucks (1969–1975)
In the second season, Milwaukee Bucks picked up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the NBA draft of 1969. As an excellent player, Jabbar scored 28.8 ppg and third in rebounding 14.5 RPG and got second ranking in the league. For his amazing performance, he got the title of NBA Rookie of the Year.
In the 1970–71 season, Jabbar got his first MVP award with a scoring title of 31.7 ppg, and with a total of 2,596 points, led the league for the Milwaukee Bucks. Again for the second time, he scored 34.8 ppg and 2,822 total points and gained the MVP title. And, last but not least, in 1974, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar achieved his third Most Valuable Player Award from the Milwaukee Bucks with a score of rebounding (14.5 RPG, fourth), (27.0 ppg, third), field goal percentage (.539, second), and blocked shots (283, second).
Los Angeles Lakers
Jabbar started his journey with the Lakers from the 1975–76 season, and in the first season, he showed his excellent performance with averaging 27.7 points per game and leading the league in blocked shots, rebounding, and minutes played.
With 1,111 defensive rebounds, Abdul-Jabbar collected his fourth Most Valuable Player Award for the Lakers. Again, in the finals of 1977 and 1980, Jabbar collected the MVP award for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Net Worth Net worth
The former American professional basketball player and one of the most renowned Laker, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a net worth of $20 million.
The excellent basketball player Jabbar turns into a gem for any team he was a part of. It can be his early school life or the professional National Basketball Association (NBA) times; Jabbar has always proved his skill and established himself as one of the best American professional basketball players.