New research from Betway has revealed the Internet’s Most Loved MVPs in the history of the NBA.

The Chicago Bulls’ 2011 MVP Derrick Rose claims the number one spot as the Most Loved MVP in the history of the NBA

The 2001 MVP Allen Iverson and the two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo also feature in the top 3 Most Loved MVPs according to the Internet

Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images

The NBA is home to some of the very best basketball players on the planet, who produce some spectacular performances throughout the course of the season thanks to their undeniably amazing talent – but every year, someone stands out above the rest.

The MVP award has been a part of the NBA since the 1955/56 season, and the list of winners is littered with mercurial superstars of the game – from recent winners like the 2019 & 2020 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to iconic legends like the 5-time MVP Michael Jordan. But have you ever wondered who the Internet’s Favorite MVP is?

To discover this, Betway has analyzed NBA MVPs using the social listening tool Linkfluence in order to reveal what percentage of conversations online surrounding them were positive, with Derrick Rose coming out on top.

The following table ranks the top 20 MVPs who are most positively talked about online:

MVPMVP YearTeamPositive Sentiment %
Derrick Rose2011Chicago Bulls27.10%
Allen Iverson2001Philadelphia 76ers23.90%
Kobe Bryant2008Los Angeles Lakers17.80%
Giannis Antetokounmpo2020 + 2019Milwaukee Bucks17.00%
Stephen Curry2016 + 2015Golden State Warriors14.80%
Michael Jordan1998 + 1996 + 1992 + 1991 + 1988Chicago Bulls12.20%
Nikola Jokic2022 + 2021Denver Nuggets11.30%
James Harden2018Houston Rockets11.00%
Karl Malone1999 + 1997Utah Jazz10.70%
LeBron James2013 + 2012 + 2010 + 2009Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers10.70%
Dirk Nowitzki2007Dallas Mavericks10.30%
Kevin Garnett2004Minnesota Timberwolves10.10%
Kevin Durant2014Oklahoma City Thunders9.88%
David Robinson1995San Antonio Spurs9.69%
Steve Nash2006 + 2005Phoenix Suns9.53%
Russell Westbrook2017Oklahoma City Thunder9.27%
Hakeem Olajuwon1994Houston Rockets8.91%
Shaquille O’Neal2000Los Angeles Lakers6.95%
Charles Barkley1993Phoenix Suns6.31%
Tim Duncan2003 + 2002San Antonio Spurs5.81%

Derrick Rose was once an MVP and one of the brightest stars in the league after being drafted as a 1st overall pick in the 2008 draft and subsequently winning the Rookie of the Year award in the 2008/09 season. The Chicago Bulls’ 3x NBA All-Star Point Guard Derrick Rose won the MVP award in 2011 and went on to claim the top spot in this ranking, with 27.10% of conversations about him online being of positive sentiment – maybe rapper Lil Pump’s 2017 song “D Rose” had some influence on this? Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in 2021 and since then he had to re-invent himself as one of the best backup point guards in the NBA.

In second place is another basketball star with a song named after him (White Iverson – Post Malone), the Philadelphia 76ers’ 2001 MVP Allen Iverson, with 23.90% of conversations about him online being of positive sentiment. In third place is the legendary Kobe Bryant, known also as ‘The Black Mamba’ who won the NBA MVP award in 2008 after a 20-season career. Following closely behind is the Greek Freak himself, Giannis Antetokounmpo, with the Milwaukee Bucks’ back-to-back MVP winner seeing 17.00% of online conversations about him being of positive sentiment.


To determine the MVPs with the most positive online sentiment, we used the Linkfluence social listening tool that crawls data on mentions across the internet from the past 12 months.

From then, we ranked the players based on who’s most positively talked about online.

Featured Image: Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images
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