To play every game in an NBA season is an achievement in of itself, but to do this alongside winning the Most Valuable Player award is an achievement on another level.
It is rare that a top NBA player plays all 82 games in a season let alone wins the MVP while doing it.
In today’s era of NBA basketball, the iron man MVP is extremely rare, due to more and more players taking part in load management.
This is when players take a few games off during the regular season so that they can rest for the playoffs and considering the MVP is most likely to go to a player on a playoff team it is unlikely we will see an iron man for a while.
Considering this it probably does not surprise you that we have not seen an iron man MVP for a while.
To be exact the last one came 12 years ago in the 2007/2008 season and the man to do this was the late Kobe Bryant.
Through the season Bryant averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, shooting 20.6 shots per game.
He put up these numbers with 49% two-point shooting, 36.1% three-point shooting and 84% free throw shooting which gave him a field goal percentage of 45.9%.
With MVP Kobe Bryant and star centre Pau Gasol, who himself averaged 18.8 points and 7.8 rebounds a game, the Lakers finished with a 57-25 record which placed them as the number one seed in the Western Conference.
Unfortunately, the Lakers would not capture the NBA championship this season, losing 4-2 to the Boston Celtics in the finals.
Despite what happened in the playoffs the fact that Kobe Bryant managed to play all 82 regular season games win the MVP and then go on to play an extra 21 games in the playoffs making it a total of 103 games played that season is an incredible achievement.