Team Records when MVP candidates play (OnWins and WOWY)

As discussed on a recent episode of the Thinking Basketball podcast, there’s been a lot of talk about the importance of “winning” when it comes to MVP voting (and even All-NBA) this season. With the regular season behind us, for posterity, I’ve compiled the team records for every candidate in games said candidate has appeared in.

Additionally I’ve added a column called “OnWins,” which is the record for each player based on his individual plus-minus in a game. (Shoutout to realgm’s Doctor MJ for creating this.) In other words, if the player finished with a positive plus-minus in the game, he is credited for a “win” individually, because his team won his minutes for that game. Here are the 13 candidates from the latest ESPN straw poll:

Player In Wins In Losses Win% Pace in lineup Win% Pace Out line Win% change OnWins OnLosses OnWin %
Devin Booker 56 12 68 47 21 49 19 72.1%
Chris Paul 53 12 67 53 14 45 19 69.2%
Jayson Tatum 49 27 53 27 26 54 22 71.1%
Nikola Jokic 46 28 51 21 30 50 20 67.6%
Giannis Antetokounmpo 45 22 55 33 22 44 23 65.7%
Joel Embiid 45 23 53 35 18 45 22 66.2%
Steph Curry 45 19 58 36 22 44 18 68.8%
Luka Doncic 44 21 56 39 17 38 27 58.5%
DeMar DeRozan 43 33 46 41 5 43 32 56.6%
Trae Young 40 36 43 41 2 42 33 55.3%
Ja Morant 36 21 52 62 -10 35 21 61.4%
Kevin Durant 36 19 54 24 30 36 17 65.5%
LeBron James 25 31 37 25 12 24 30 42.9%

Disclaimer: Again, I’m posting this for people who like to reference “team success” for individual awards. This should not be an end-point in individual player analysis if you are trying to determine how much impact or value a player has. In order to do that with this data, you should also try to account for teammates who are in or out of lineups, opponent quality, role, and so on, to say nothing of using on/off, adjusted plus-minus data, or hybrid metrics that combine this with box score factors in order to help determine impact, value, and/or winning. /disclaimer

Finally, I should note that the leader in Wins and OnWins this season was Mikal Bridges, with 64 wins and 62 OnWins, 17 OnLosses and 3 ties. Here’s the full podcast episode: