Submission Title

Evaluating Factors That Influence MVP Voting in the NBA

Subject Area

Economics

Description

We develop and test an empirical model to study the factors that affect variation in the proportion of MVP votes received by NBA players over the years 2007 to 2017. Our explanatory variables fall into two categories: player performance and team performance. The empirical results suggest that player performance variables, such as points per game, steals per game, offensive rebounds per game, and fouls per game, help to explain the proportion of MVP votes received by players. We found that team characteristics did not have a statistically significant influence on the proportion of MVP votes received by players.

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Evaluating Factors That Influence MVP Voting in the NBA

We develop and test an empirical model to study the factors that affect variation in the proportion of MVP votes received by NBA players over the years 2007 to 2017. Our explanatory variables fall into two categories: player performance and team performance. The empirical results suggest that player performance variables, such as points per game, steals per game, offensive rebounds per game, and fouls per game, help to explain the proportion of MVP votes received by players. We found that team characteristics did not have a statistically significant influence on the proportion of MVP votes received by players.