Throwback Thursday: Three-Time MVPs

VIDEO: Best Small Forwards: Larry Bird

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Today’s Topic: Three-time MVPs

On May 29, 1987, the Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird won his third straight NBA Most Valuable Player award. He became just the third player to ever accomplish this feat, joining legends Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

To honor Bird’s incredible run, this Throwback Thursday we look back at the nine players who have won three or more MVP awards.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: Three-time MVPs

Who’s your favorite of these MVPs? Leave your comments below!


  1. VS says:

    My favorite amongst the list of these all time greats is Michael Jordan. Watching Lebron in these playoffs is just amazing, who knows how many MVP’s he will have by the end of his career.

  2. swaggy Z says:

    Among all of these greats, im going to have to go with moses. Being the last big man to average as many boards while averaging as many points as he did is amazing.

  3. I Love LeBron, Jordan, and Kareem. These players are dominate forces who’ve proven they’re the BEST. But
    my favorite players are by position would be.

    PG: Magic Johnson
    SG: Michael Jordan
    SF: LeBron James
    PF: Kevin Garnett or Charles Barkley
    C: Hakeem Olajuwon or Kareem Abdul-Jabar

  4. Dino says:

    fav is Jordan. Next would be Kobe had he not been robbed of 2 MVP awards

  5. JCCS says:

    Larry Bird…The best!!!

  6. legend says:

    Michael Jordan by far. Larry Bird, best SF of all time. Kobe should be here

  7. Miamiheatfan says:

    Lebron James- tHE KING

  8. Holden Caulfield says:


  9. Jaskaran says:

    What about Mosses Malone? He won three MVP awards, 1979, 1982 and 1983.

  10. John Atkinson says:

    Definitely Michael Jordan

  11. Mohamed says:

    kobe should have won 2010 mvp

  12. Ody says:

    MJ by far

  13. MellowMarcus says:

    Gotta go with the GOAT, Jordan, but who knows how many LeBron will end up with when it’s all said and done. & that video of Larry Bird was insane! Wish you would see more ball handling like that nowadays.

  14. Kobe says:

    black mamba aint included? wheres the black mamba? guess im over rated then…

  15. #30 says:

    Big O..his stats is amazing

  16. rily broussard jr. says:

    #1. Lebron! #2. Kareem! #3. MJ #4.Magic #5.Oscar! That is my top of alltime! Kobe aint nothng but a scorere-gotta take fifty shots for thirty points!

  17. rily broussard jr. says:

    My second top five! #1. Charles Barkley! #2. Big Wilt #3. Shaq #4.Dr. J #5. Bird

  18. rily broussard jr. says:

    3rd #1.Kevin #2. Elgin #3. Duncan #4. Kobe #5.Russell

  19. rily broussard jr. says:

    I got about fifty more!