NBA: The Eight Most Controversial MVP Wins of All Time

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NBA: The Eight Most Controversial MVP Wins of All Time
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While doing the play-by-play of a Miami Heat game earlier in the season, commentators Steve Kerr and Marv Albert got in a heated discussion about the MVP race.

Kerr asserted that voters are less inclined to vote for the same player three years in a row and may choose to "spread the wealth" of the award around instead of rewarding a player for a third time. He was referring to LeBron James' chances of securing the award again, but Albert, who is on the voting committee, took umbrage at the insinuation that voters consciously freeze out players and refuse to vote for them three years in a row.

Kerr, whose former teammate Michael Jordan was denied an MVP 3-peat twice in 1993 and 1997 is the most obvious example of when a player should have won the award but didn't due to reasons not readily accepted by the general public.

Their conversation certainly brings to mind a few times in NBA history that the winner of the MVP award drew complaints rather than applause from some not directly connected to the committee.

So here they are, the eight most controversial MVP winners.

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