National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award was first awarded after the 1955-56 NBA season. The NBA MVP trophy is named in honor of the late Maurice Podoloff, the first president of the NBA who served from 1946 until his retirement in 1963.
Nash moved from the Dallas Mavericks to the Suns as a free agent in the off-season and is primarily responsible for Phoenix's jaw-dropping turnaround from 29 wins in 2003-04 to a league-high 62 wins this season.
Thomas got one MVP first-place vote in his career, but Nash still wonders if he will ever be as good as Thomas.
Today, the MVP trophy will be hoisted not by one of the game's behemoths or leading scorers.
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