The NBA MVP has become one of the most highly debated topics following the conclusion of the regular season.
Unlike its sporting counterparts, the MLB or NHL (which will reward the player with the greatest individual stats), the NBA creates a greater focus on how that individual impacted the overall outlook of their team.
There will be players with greater statistics than the MVP, but they won't win the majority of the time because the MVP was able to lead their team to 55 or more wins.
It's an interesting system and it definitely enhances the meaning of the word "valuable." Rather than giving it to the most outstanding player, the award will be given to the player who was the most valuable to his team.
Usually, it will be given to the best player on the best team. Last year Derrick Rose won the MVP as the best player on the Chicago Bulls, the team with the best record at the end of the season.
I took the same approach to these rankings as the NBA voters do, by putting more emphasis on the overall achievements of each player's team rather than just solely focusing on their individual statistics.
So, without further interruption, let's get into these rankings of every single MVP award ever given out over the past 56 years.
*Lead photo courtesy of Big boy's neighborhood