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5 Other Tight MVP Races of Last 25 Years


The balance of the award seems to shift on a weekly basis. If that waffling persists, James and Durant could be closing in on one of the tightest MVP races in recent memory, if not in NBA history.

Via Sports Illustrated, here were five other wild MVP Races of NBA past:

5. 1999: Karl Malone, Alonzo Mourning and Tim Duncan

Winner: Malone (4.6% Margin)

4. 2002: Tim Duncan and Jason Kidd

Winner: Duncan (4.5% Margin)

3. 2005: Steve Nash and Shaquille O’Neal

Winner: Nash (2.6% Margin)

2. 1997: Karl Malone and Michael Jordan

Winner: Malone (2.5% Margin)

1. 1990: Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan

Winner: Magic (2.4% Margin)

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