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Top 15 Greatest Individual Seasons In NBA History

The NBA is an unforgiving place. Due to the small roster sizes, great players receive more scrutiny than in any other professional sport. In the NBA, one great player can be the difference between 30 wins and a spot in the lottery or 50 wins and playoff glory. Plenty of bad teams have made deep post-season runs of the backs of great players (Think Allen Iverson's 76ers in 2001 or LeBron Jame's Cavaliers in 2007). However, those performances often end up being all for naught if the men beside them aren't up to snuff. Basketball history is littered with incredible players who never won a championship. Look at Chris Paul: the man's one of the best ten point guards to ever play the game and he's never even been to the conference finals, despite being an absolute beast in the playoffs. Hell, Karl Malone, the second all-time leading scorer in NBA history, doesn't have a championship ring. The NBA is a cruel mistress.

This list is dedicated to the greatest individual seasons in NBA history. The following 15 men may not have won championships during these seasons, or even during their whole careers, but they etched their names into basketball lore anyway, by racking up awards, stuffing the stat sheets, or just being downright legendary.

15 1961-1962 Oscar Robertson

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14 1961-1962 Wilt Chamberlain

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13 1970-1971 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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12 1986-1987 Magic Johnson

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11 1987-1988 Michael Jordan

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10 1993-1994 David Robinson

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9 1999-2000 Shaquille O'Neal

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8 2000-2001 Allen Iverson

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7 2002-2003 Tracy McGrady

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6 2003-2004 Kevin Garnett

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5 2005-2006 Kobe Bryant

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4 2008-2009 Chris Paul

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3 2008-2009 Dwyane Wade

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2 2008-2009 LeBron James

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1 2015-2016 Stephen Curry

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The most recent addition to this list, (WARDELL!) Stephen Curry had one of the most ridiculous, video game-esque offensive seasons ever in the history of professional basketball. First off, he led the Golden State Warriors to an NBA record 73 wins, which means they only lost 9 games, which is insanity. He averaged a league high 30 points (in under 35 minutes, the only player in NBA history to do that), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals a game with a 31.46 PER. He joined the ultra prestigious 50-40-90 club, the only scoring leader in history to receive the honor. Most importantly, he hit over 400 three point shots. No other player in NBA history has ever hit more than 300 and Steph ran through that like it was nothing. He won the MVP award and actually got a few votes for Most Improved Player, which is ludicrous. Even though the Warriors may have fallen in the Finals, Curry's brilliance can never be denied.

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