NBA MVP Winners: Ranking the 10 Greatest MVP seasons EVER
#9 Oscar Robertson: 1963-64
Season Averages: 31.4 points, 11.0 assists (led the league), 9.9 rebounds, 48.3% shooting and 85.3 FT% (led the league)
Oscar Robertson officially recorded a triple-double average for a season only in his second year (1961-62) but the other four years of his first five campaigns in the league too, he came really close to doing the same.
Any of the first five seasons he could have averaged a triple-double and won the MVP award but this was by far the year he deserved it the most. The team's 55 wins (25 losses), were the most they had won since Robertson debuted. They eventually fell short against the Boston Celtics' dynasty of the 1960's in the East Division Finals after defeating Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers in the East Semis.
The loss in the Division Finals takes nothing away from Robertson's performance that season. Other than his league-leading numbers in assists and free-throw percentage, he finished second in scoring and ninth in field goal percentage.