The criteria for MVP always changes to fit who the media likes puffy, but only in recent times. Back in the glory days Magic would win surrounded by talent, same with Bird, and so would other greats who won it. Then MJ would win it for being the best player without a bunch of hall of famers around him, the best player carrying his team.
Then in 2000 it pretty much started to go to a different player every year for different criteria each year. Shaq got one first being dominant but on a great team, then Iverson got one for carrying a so so team by himself, then Duncan got a few for being another great player on great teams, then Garnett got his one kinda like Iverson. Then it gets interesting, Nash gets his 2 for running his team full of talented players, while Kobe carries his crap teams to the playoffs and is clearly the best player in the NBA but gets no consideration because his teams didn't win enough games, it starts to go to a good player on a good team again. Then Dirk wins for being a great player on a great team again. Then finally Kobe gets his because the media wants to give him a lifetime achievement award, even though many consider CP3 the MVP for carrying his team all year, an argument that didn't work for Kobe when Nash was winning his. THEN, the criteria changes again, Kobe is said to have too much talent around him to win it all of a sudden, but LeBron is carrying a crap Cleveland team so he wins 2, media loves him, so criteria changes to fit him winning. Same with last year, Rose wins being a player that truly carries his team. This year it's changed again, even though LeBron is playing with arguably the 2nd best player in the game he's still the MVP frontrunner, doesn't matter that he has that talent next to him because the criteria is whatever the media wants that year. I don't know if any of that made sense
, and I'm sure you knew it all already, but it was fun to type out to show how meaningless the award really is these days.