Winning the MVP award has to be one of the best moments for a player on an individual level. Winning the most valuable player award essentially means that a player was not only the best player on his team but usually the best performing player in the league. While winning an NBA championship headlines the list of NBA players, winning the MVP award could be second.
We have collected all the MVP award winners from 1991 to 2000, and it is very interesting to notice that one player stands out from the rest in terms of individual dominance on the court. It is also interesting to note that all the winners from 1991 to 2000 are all Hall of Famers, and without further ado, here are the NBA MVP winners from the 1991 season until the 2000 season.
1990-91 MVP Award Winner - Michael Jordan
Stats: 31.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 5.5 APG, 2.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG
While his 1988 season captures the most attention thanks to the Defensive Player of the Year achievement, Jordan’s 1991 season might be the most significant. The legendary Bulls guard accomplished everything in the NBA season, from the scoring title to the NBA title at the end of the year.
MJ won his 5th straight scoring title by posting 31.5 PPG on 53.5% shooting from the field, while also finishing 3rd in the league in SPG. The most important aspect of Jordan’s season was finally getting over the hump as an NBA champion with a 61-21 record that ranked 1st in the East and 2nd in the league overall.
Runner-Up: Magic Johnson
1991-92 MVP Award Winner - Michael Jordan
Stats: 30.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 6.1 APG, 2.3 SPG, 0.9 BPG
For the second-straight year, Michael Jordan won the MVP award with the Chicago Bulls. This was Jordan’s 3rd MVP award, and he certainly deserved it considering he led the league in scoring for the 6th season in a row.
Averaging 30.1 PPG on 51.9% shooting and chipping in 6.4 RPG and 6.1 APG, no player was as dominant as the legendary Bulls guard. Of course, Chicago finished with an incredible 67-15 record and Jordan ended up winning his second championship.
Runner-Up: Clyde Drexler
1992-93 MVP Award Winner - Charles Barkley
Stats: 25.6 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.6 SPG, 1.0 BPG
In his first season with the Phoenix Suns, Charles Barkley burst onto the scene as the MVP of the league thanks to his dominance on the court on a 62-20 squad. Barkley was the best player on the best team in the league, an easy reason why the power forward was MVP.
Charles was dominant on the court, hauling down 12.2 RPG which ranked 6th in the league. In terms of impact, Barkley was not as great of a player as MJ but he was extremely valuable to his team. Of course, Charles could not cap off the season with an NBA title because Jordan’s Bulls would win the chip at the expense of the Suns in the Finals.
Runner-Up: Hakeem Olajuwon
1993-94 MVP Award Winner - Hakeem Olajuwon
Stats: 27.3 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.6 SPG, 3.7 BPG
The 1994 season was the year of Hakeem Olajuwon, the best big man and all-around player in the league during Michael Jordan’s retirement. The Dream won MVP by leading the Houston Rockets to the 2nd seed in the West, and the star ranked 3rd in scoring.
Thanks to his unstoppable post-game and incredible basketball IQ, Hakeem also won Defensive Player of the Year where he was ranked 2nd in BPG. There wasn’t a better leader and overall superstar in the game during 1995, and that is why Hakeem had an all-time great season that was capped off with an NBA title.
Runner-Up: David Robinson
1994-95 MVP Award Winner - David Robinson
Stats: 27.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.2 BPG
The legendary San Antonio Spurs legend captured the MVP award in 1995, posting monster two-way statistics while leading his team to the best record in the Western Conference. In fact, Robinson’s team had the best record in the league at 62-20.
The Admiral finished 3rd in scoring, 8th in rebounds, and 3rd in blocks. Even if the San Antonio Spurs would fall to the eventual champion Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, Robinson was the best two-way star in the NBA in 1995.
Runner-Up: Shaquille O'Neal
1995-96 MVP Award Winner - Michael Jordan
Stats: 30.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.3 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG
In the 1996 season, Michael Jordan averaged 30.4 PPG on 49.5% shooting from the field in his first full season following his retirement. The guard assumed his position as the best player in the world almost immediately, winning his 8th scoring title in his 9th season.
MJ was not only an elite scorer but a dominant defensive player who managed to once again prove his worth as a lockdown talent. It was certainly amazing to see Jordan and sidekick Scottie Pippen led the Chicago Bulls to a (then) record-breaking 72-10 record and a 4th NBA championship so quickly.
Runner-Up: David Robinson
1996-97 MVP Award Winner - Karl Malone
Stats: 27.4 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Karl Malone is a top-2 power forward of all-time, but his first MVP award is very polarizing. The reason was because Michael Jordan had the best record in the game and won his 9th scoring title. But Malone got the bulk of the votes, perhaps due to voters' fatigue.
But to not take away from The Mailman’s greatness, he posted 27.4 PPG on 55.0% shooting from the field which ranked 2nd in the league behind MJ. Malone also ranked 11th in the league in rebounds with 9.9 RPG. The Jazz also finished with the 2nd best record in the league behind Jordan’s Bulls but the power forward still captured the MVP.
Runner-Up: Michael Jordan
1997-98 MVP Award Winner - Michael Jordan
Stats: 28.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Michael Jordan once again became on top with his 4th MVP award in a decade by winning his 10th scoring title for the 62-20 Chicago Bulls. As expected, the Bulls had the best record in the East while also tying the Utah Jazz in terms of the best record in the entire league.
Jordan’s dominance was on full display, posting 28.7 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the field. Even if Karl Malone led the league in win shares (16.4), Jordan’s Bulls were a more attractive team thanks to the shooting guard’s elite two-way play.
Runner-Up: Karl Malone
1998-99 MVP Award Winner - Karl Malone
Stats: 23.8 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.6 BPG
With Michael Jordan retired for the second time, Karl Malone took his place as the best player in the league by winning his second MVP award. The Mailman posted 23.8 PPG on 49.3% shooting from the field at age 35, certainly solid numbers for the best player on the team with the best record (tied with the San Antonio Spurs).
The season was shortened due to the lockout, but Malone still appeared in 49 of 50 games and had a tremendous impact with his leadership for the talented Jazz squad. Even though the Jazz faltered in the playoffs in the second round to the Portland Trail Blazers, Malone did enough to win his second MVP award.
Runner-Up: Alonzo Mourning
1999-00 MVP Award Winner - Shaquille O’Neal
Stats: 29.7 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, 3.0 BPG
Shaquille O’Neal won his first and only MVP award during the 2000 season, the same year the big man won his first NBA championship. There is no doubt that Shaq was the best player in the league during the year because he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a league-best 67-15 record alongside Kobe Bryant.
The superstar center posted averages of 29.7 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, and 3.0 BPG. O’Neal ranked 1st in scoring, leading to his second scoring title (1st in the 1995 season). The Lakers superstar also ranked 2nd in RPG (Dikembe Mutombo, 14.1 RPG) and 3rd in BPG (behind Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo). O’Neal probably deserved more MVP awards, but his only one came in 2000.
Runner-Up: Kevin Garnett