How does MVP voting work in the NBA? Who has a vote?
We take a good look at just how the NBA MVP is chosen, the process, and the point scale for making the decision.
With the announcement of Joel Embiid as the 2023 NBA MVP, perhaps we should take a good look at just how the decision is made.
The NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player) award is given each year to the player who is deemed to have had the most outstanding regular season performance in the NBA. The voting for the award is conducted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters from the United States and Canada.
The panel consists of 100 voters, who are selected by the NBA. Each voter submits a ballot with their top five choices for MVP, and points are awarded on a scale of 10-7-5-3-1 for each player, with the player receiving the most total points being awarded the MVP award.
The voting takes place at the end of the regular season, and the award is announced during the playoffs. The winner is typically chosen based on factors such as individual statistics, team success, and overall impact on the league.
It’s worth noting that the NBA also awards other individual honors, such as Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year, which are also decided by voting from a panel of media members.