Last night Kevin Love posted Wilt Chamerlain-esque numbers and the Wolves still lost.
In 87/88 Jordan had one of the most impressive statistical season ever. His team only won 50 games and was eliminated in the second round. He, however, won the MVP award.
In 75/76 Kareem led the Lakers to a 40/42 record and the team missed the playoff altogether, but Kareem came away with the MVP award after average about 27 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists per game. The next season saw them win 53 games but get swept out of the playoffs. Another MVP award for Kareem.
In his rookie season, Wilt's team only posted 49 wins, but he won MVP.
insance = insane
These days, MVP voters not only look at who has the best stats, but who has the best team, something which players seldom have a say in. So my question to you is, if a player averaged what Kevin Love put in last night (45/19/5), but his team missed the playoffs, would you vote for him as the MVP?
Now, this isn't to suggest that Kevin Love is an MVP candidate. He is an all-star and a franchise player, but his shooting has been a little too streaky to warrant an MVP award. But in principle, would you vote for a guy whose stats were head and shoulders above all other players, but whose team was just awful.