Steve Nash (Canada)
Other international players have won the MVP award, but only Steve Nash has done it twice. The diminutive Nash rose to prominence out of little Santa Clara University to become one of the game’s greatest passers and shooters to ever play the game. You surely remember Nash’s dazzling array of passes from every angle and creation, leading the league in assists five different times for the Phoenix Suns.
You may not remember his incredible shooting. Nash ranks 10th all-time at 42.8% marksmanship from behind the arc and second (by one free throw!) behind only Stephen Curry with a 90.4% free-throw mark. And of course he won those two back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006, one of only 11 players in history to do so.