The youngest MVP in NBA history is Derrick Rose, who was 22 years old when he won the award in 2011. LeBron James is the second youngest MVP in NBA history, winning the award at 23 years old in 2004. Kobe Bryant is the third youngest MVP in NBA history, winning the award at 24 years old in 2008.
At just 20 years old, Donovan Mitchell is the youngest player ever to be named MVP of the NBA. The Utah Jazz shooting guard was unanimously voted to receive the honor after a stellar season in which he averaged 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.
Donovan’s breakout performance came during the 2018 playoffs, when he helped lead the Jazz to a surprising first-round upset of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In that series, Mitchell averaged 27.5 points per game and hit several clutch shots, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win Game 5 in Utah. His play earned him comparisons to Michael Jordan and earned him a spot on Sports Illustrated’s cover. The following season, Mitchell took his game to another level, averaging nearly 30 points per game while leading the Jazz to the best record in the Western Conference.
He became just the third player in NBA history (joining LeBron James and Kevin Durant) to average at least 29 points per game while shooting better than 50% from the field and 40% from 3-point range. In addition to his scoring prowess, Mitchell also proved himself as an elite defender, often guarding opponents’ best players regardless of position. His efforts helped Utah finish with the second-best defense in the league behind only reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks.
For his efforts this season, Donovan Mitchell is deservedly being honored as MVP of the NBA—and he’s doing it all at just 20 years old!
Who is the Youngest Mvp in Nba History
The youngest MVP in NBA history is Kyrie Irving. He was born on March 23, 1992 and he won the award when he was 23 years old.
How Did the Young Player Become the Mvp
In his rookie season, LeBron James was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. How did the young player become the MVP?
LeBron James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in 2003.
He quickly became one of the best players in the league, averaging 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists per game in his rookie season. His all-around play helped lead the Cavs to a 35-47 record, their best mark since 1998. For his efforts, James was named Rookie of the Year.
In his second season, James improved his numbers to 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game. The Cavs again made strides, finishing 42-40 and making the playoffs for the first time since 1998. In the playoffs, James averaged a triple double (22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) as Cleveland fell to Detroit in seven games.
James took another step forward in 2005-06, averaging 31 points per game to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. He also led Cleveland to their first ever Finals appearance. Although they lost to San Antonio in four games, James cemented himself as one of the best players in basketball and earned MVP honors for his regular season play.
At just 22 years old, LeBron James had already accomplished more than most players ever will in their entire careers. His combination of size, speed, strength, and skill is unmatched and he has only continued to get better each year.
What Does It Take to Be an Mvp in the Nba
In order to be named MVP of the NBA, a player must demonstrate excellence on both ends of the court and lead his team to success. On offense, an MVP candidate must be able to score consistently and efficiently. He must also be a willing passer and playmaker, capable of setting up his teammates for easy baskets.
On defense, an MVP candidate must have the strength and quickness to guard multiple positions, as well as the intelligence to read the opposing team’s offense and make plays on the ball. In addition to individual performance, an MVP candidate must also show leadership qualities by inspiring his teammates and making them better players. Lastly, an MVP candidate’s team must generally be one of the best in the league; otherwise, it is difficult for him to stand out above all other players.
The youngest MVP in NBA history is LeBron James. He was 20 years old when he won the award in 2004.