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Has there ever been an MVP candidate that was not on the All NBA 1st team but listed on the 2nd/3rd team? I just want to know how realistically possible would it be to finish 2nd in MVP voting for the season and not be in the 1st team.

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In summary, it is realistically possible to finish high in MVP voting and not be on the 1st All-NBA team. The information below shows when this has happened among the top three candidates for MVP in a given season.

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, the following players made 2nd All-NBA team.Did not make an All-NBA team


Out of MVP winners in a given season, the following did not make 1st All-NBA team that season:

1972-1973 - Dave Cowens(1).

1957-1958, 1960-1961, 1961-1962 - Bill Russell(2)(3)(4).


I just want to know how realistically possible would it be to finish 2nd in MVP voting for the season and not be in the 1st team.

Out of MVP candidates who finished second in voting for MVP in a given season, the following did not make 1st All-NBA team that season: NOTE: The 3rd All-NBA team was not introduced until the 1988-1989 season(5).

1994-1995 - Shaquille O' Neal(6).

1993-1994 - David Robinson(7).

1976-1977 - Bill Walton(8).

1975-1976 - Bob McAdoo†(9).

1974-1975 - Dave Cowens(10).

1973-1974 - Bob McAdoo(11).

1968-1969 - Willis Reed(12).

1967-1968 - Lenny Wilkins†(13).

1966-1967 - Nate Thurmond†(14).

1959-1960 - Bill Russell(15).


Out of MVP candidates who finished third in voting for MVP, the following did not make 1st All-NBA team that season:

2013-2014 - Blake Griffin(16).

2012-2013 - Carmelo Anthony(17).

2003-2004 - Jermaine O' Neal(18).

1999-2000 - Alonzo Mourning(19).

1975-1976 - Dave Cowens(9).

1973-1974 - Bob Lanier†(11).

1971-1972 - Wilt Chamberlain(20).

1969-1970 - Kareem Abdul Jabbar(21).

1963-1964, 1966-1967 - Bill Russell(22)(14).


Here is a reference for All-NBA (and All-ABA) teams and here is a reference for all NBA MVPs, and from there, you can search each year's MVP voting by clicking on the "(V)."

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