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NBA Curiosities: NBA Season MVPs Who Were Traded

Here you have data about all the players that were traded by their teams after they have won the season MVP award.

NBA Curiosities


NBA Curiosities: All the MVPs Who were traded by the teams they win their award with.

The Minnesota Timberwolves decided to trade the best player in their history: Kevin Garnett, who left the city as a 10-time All-Star, 2003-04 MVP, and holding franchise records for points (19,041), rebounds (10,542), assists (4,146), blocked shots (1,576), steals (1,282), and games played (927).

If you read that an NBA team has traded an MVP-caliber player, the first thing you think is that the player is declining or the team is trying to get some value in return before he becomes useless. But that's usually not the case.

Of the 28 players who have won NBA Most Valuable Player awards, 9 have been traded by the team they were playing for when they won it. Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone and Shaquille O'Neal were in this situation twice each. This is the complete list and includes what happened with them in their new teams. Although there are some exceptions (like Cowens) it is clear that some of the most unbalanced trades in NBA history include MVPs (Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Malone, Shaq). Trading your MVP is usually a bad idea.

Wilt Chamberlain
  Trade data: With the new team:
Wilt Chamberlain From:
San Francisco Warriors
To:
logo Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
NBA Championship 1 Championship: 1967
3 MVPs
1966, 1967, 1968
2 Scoring Titles
1965, 1966
3 Times Rebounds Leader
1966, 1967, 1968
1 Time Assists Leader
1968
3 Times All-Star
1966, 1967, 1968
3 Times All-NBA 1st Team
1966, 1967, 1968
Date: Jan 15, 1965
Traded For:
Paul Neumann, Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer and cash
Player Age: 28
MVP: 1960
Wilt Chamberlain
  Trade data: With the new team:
Wilt Chamberlain From:
logo Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
To:
Los Angeles Lakers logo
Los Angeles Lakers
NBA Championship 1 Championship: 1972
1 Finals MVP
1972
4 Times Rebounds Leader
1969, 1971, 1972, 1973
4 Times All-Star
1969, 1971, 1972, 1973
1 Time All-NBA 2nd Team
1972
2 Times All-Defense 1st Team
1972, 1973
3 Times best Field Goal %
1969, 1972, 1973
Date: 1968
Traded For:
Darrall Imhoff, Archie Clark and Jerry Chambers
Player Age: 31
MVP: 1966, 1967, 1968

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  Trade data: With the new team:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar From:
logo Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
To:
Los Angeles Lakers logo
Los Angeles Lakers
NBA Championship 5 Championships
1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988
3 MVPs
1976, 1977, 1980
1 Finals MVP
1985
1 Time Rebounds Leader
1976
3 Times Blocks Leader
1976, 1979, 1980
13 Times All-Star
1976, 1977, 1979 to 1989
6 Times All-NBA 1st Team
1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984
Date: 1975
Traded For:
Elmore Smith, guard Brian Winters and forwards Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman
Player Age: 28
MVP: 1971, 1972, 1974
Allen Iverson
  Trade data: With the new team:
Allen Iverson From:
logo Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
To:
logo Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
2006-07:
7th in points per game and steals per game, 9th in assists per game
Date: midseason 2006-07
Traded For:
Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two first-round picks
Player Age: 31
MVP: 2001
Shaquille O'Neal
  Trade data: With the new team:
Shaquille O'Neal From:
Los Angeles Lakers logo
Los Angeles Lakers
To:
Logo Miami Heat
Miami Heat

NBA Championship 1 Championship
2005
2 Times best Field Goal %

2005, 2006
3 Times All-Star
2005, 2006, 2007
2 Times All-NBA 1st Team
2005, 2006

Date: July 2004
Traded For:
Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant and two draft picks
Player Age: 32
MVP: 2000
Shaquille O'Neal
  Trade data: With the new team:
Shaquille O'Neal From:
Logo Miami Heat
Miami Heat
To:
Logo Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
not much yet
Date: February 2008
Traded For:
Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks
Player Age: 35
MVP: 2000
Moses Malone
  Trade data: With the new team:
Moses Malone From:
logo Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
To:
logo Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
NBA Championship 1 Championship
1983
1 MVP
1983
1 Finals MVP
1983
3 Times Rebounds Leader
1983, 1984, 1985
3 Times All-Star
1983, 1985, 1986
2 Times All-NBA 1st Team
1983, 1985
1 Time All-Defense 1st Team
1983
Date: September 1982
Traded For:
Caldwell Jones and a first-round draft pick.
Player Age: 27
MVP: 1979, 1982
Moses Malone
  Trade data: With the new team:
Moses Malone From:
logo Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
To:
Washington Bullets
2 Times All-Star
1987, 1988
1 Time All-NBA 2nd Team
1987
Averaged 22.1 ppg and 11.2 rpg in 2 seasons with the Bullets
Date: 1986
Traded For:
(Moses Malone, Terry Catledge and two first-round draft choices) for Jeff Ruland and Cliff Robinson.
Player Age: 31
MVP: 1983
Bob McAdoo
  Trade data: With the new team:
aaa From:
Buffalo Braves
To:
logo New York Knicks
New York Knicks
2 Times All-Star
1977, 1978

In 171 games with the Knicks he averaged 26.6 ppg, 12 rpg and 3.3 apg. A couple of years later he won 2 titles with the Showtime Lakers
Date: midseason 1976-77
Traded For:
John Gianelli and cash
Player Age: 25
MVP: 1975
Dave Cowens
  Trade data: With the new team:
Dave Cowens From:
logo Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
To:
logo Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
Cowens had been retired for two years when the Celtics traded him basically because he wanted to play for the Bucks. After averaging 8.1 points in 40 games he retired for good
Date: 1982
Traded For:
Quinn Buckner
Player Age: 34
MVP: 1973
Oscar Robertson
  Trade data: With the new team:
Oscar Robertson
From:
Cincinnati Royals
To:
logo Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Championship 1 Championship
1971
3 Times Top 10 in Assists pg
1971, 1973, 1974
2 Times All-Star
1971, 1972
3 Times All-NBA 2nd Team
1971

Date: April 1970
Traded For:
Flynn Robinson and Charlie Paulk
Player Age: 31
MVP: 1964
Kevin Garnett
  Trade data: With the new team:
Kevin Garnett From:
logo Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
To:
logo Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics

NBA Championship 1 Championship
2008
Defensive Player of the Year
2008
Once All-Star
2008
All-NBA 1st Team
2008
All-Defensive 1st Team
2008

In his first season in Boston Garnett won the Defensive Player of the year award and teamed up with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to take the Celtics to their 17th Championship, the first in 22 years.

Date: before the 2007-08 season
Traded For:
Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff, two first-round draft picks and cash.
Player Age: 31
MVP: 2004

Note that Bill Walton is not included here because he was traded by the Clippers but he won the MVP playing for the Blazers. Also Charles Barkley and Steve Nash were dealt before their MVP seasons.

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