The Most Valuable Player (MVP) was an annual award first awarded in the 1967–68 season. Every player who has won the award has played for a team with at least 45 regular-season wins. The inaugural award winner was Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins. Hall of Famer Julius Erving won the award three times, all with the New York Nets. Mel Daniels won it twice with the Indiana Pacers. Erving and George McGinnis were joint winners in the 1974–75 season.
Two rookies won the award: Spencer Haywood in the 1969–70 season and Artis Gilmore in the 1971–72 season. All except for George McGinnis are in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Erving and McGinnis both won the award for the 1973-74 season.
Daniels and Erving were the only multiple time winners.
Erving is the only player to also win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.