Tiger Fighting, October 15th Beginning in 1981, the regular season MVP voting has been changed to media voting. Previously, players were voted for.
In the era of player voting, 11 of the 25 MVPs led the team to the finals during the season, accounting for 44%. Among them, the correlation was the lowest in the 1970s last season. During this period, only 3 of the 10 MVPs led the team. Reaching the finals, this period is also considered the weakest period in NBA history.
In the media voting era, from 1981 to 2003, 17 of the 23 regular season MVPs led the team to the finals, accounting for 69.6%; from 2004 to 2020, only 17 regular season MVPs Five players led the team to the Finals in the season, accounting for 29.4%. They were Kobe Bryant in the 2007-08 season, LeBron James in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, and the 2014-15 season and Stephen Curry in the 2015-16 season.
In the 40 years since the regular season MVP was changed to media voting, the probability of the MVP leading the team to the finals in the first 20 years was 75%, and the probability of the next 20 years was 35%.
Throughout the history of the NBA, 33 of the 65 regular season MVPs led the team to the finals, accounting for 50.8%.