Ranking The 15 Worst NBA MVPs Of All Time

Before anyone gets angry at me, all of these players are MVP caliber players, so it is extremely hard to pick out, "the worst of the best." Every one of these players are either near Hall of Fame players, are going to be in the Hall of Fame, or are already in the Hall of Fame. So none of these players are bad by any means, or in any definition of the word, (barring maybe Derrick Rose). These guys have earned their way to become the Most Valuable Player in the NBA, so this is probably the only list of, "worst" they will ever be on.

So the way I made this list was looking at the entire careers of all of the players who have won an MVP in their career, and then ranked them, with number one being the worst player on the list (still a good player) and 15, being the best on the list. It isn't based solely off of their MVP season, but rather their entire body of work. So don't try to compare their single seasons against each other.

Without further adieu, here is my list of the 15 worst NBA MVP's of all time.

15 15. Charles Barkley


"Sir Charles" makes this list, but just barely. They don't call him the "round mound of rebound" for nothing. He was an undersized power forward, but used his leverage and strategy to out rebound his larger competitors. Barkley won the MVP award once, in the 1992-93 season. Barkley was with the Suns that season, which was his first with the team. Before that, he was playing for the team that drafted him, the Philadelphia 76ers. He was also great on the Sixers, but he really came into his own when he was on the Suns.

14 14. Dirk Nowitzki

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13 13. Kevin Garnett

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KG has made his way around the league now. He spent two separate tenures with the Timberwolves, but his career is now over. He and the Wolves agreed on a buyout, which wasn't the best way for KG's career to end. After his first go around with the Wolves, he went to the Celtics and joined up with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo. They won a title and after that, Pierce and Garnett traveled together to Brooklyn. The team was projected to be a contender, but they turned out to be a disaster. They had a bunch of veterans and they all wanted the ball. They were too old. Age catching up to them was inevitable.

12 12. Karl Malone


11 11. David Robinson


10 10. Steve Nash


9 9. Kevin Durant

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8 8. Bob Cousy


7 7. Bill Walton


6 6. Bob McAdoo


5 5. Bob Pettit


4 4. Willis Reed


3 3. Dave Cowens


2 2. Wes Unseld


Wes Unseld won the MVP award in in 1969. It was his rookie season which is something that only Wilt Chamberlain had done before him. He was a very good defensive player but was limited on offense. Whether he deserved the award or not is a debate for another time, but I can tell you, if he played in today's NBA, he would have no shot at winning the MVP. The NBA hardly rewards defense.

Players like James Harden are in the MVP running. Harden is detrimental to his team on defense and that is a testament to how little the NBA rewards defense.

1 1. Derrick Rose

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Derrick Rose was such a good player before his whole career came crashing down in the playoffs. Before he tore his ACL for the first time, he was a dynamic scorer, distributor and the MVP of the NBA. But then he got injured and he hasn't been the same since. He has been plagued by the injury bug and hasn't been able to get back on track. He hopes to be able to revert back to his old self with a change of scenery this offseason. He could get back on the right path and earn his way off of this list, or at least the top spot, but I doubt it in this point in his career. He is a very fragile player and the next injury always seems to be on the way.

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