Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
How does "most valuable" differ in meaning from "best"? To the general public in all walks of life the term MVP means the best player in the sport.
If the creators had intended the award to go to the best player, why didn't they simply say so?
Remember, it's not the writers who interpreted the criteria to the MVP, the criteria was set forth as the player judged the most valuable to his team. The creators clearly weren't intending to necessarily give the award to the best player. If they did, they would have simply said so. But they didn't. They choose different wording. So, if you follow interpretation rules, they chose different words because they wanted to convey a different meaning.
Clearly the writers don't view "MVP" as meaning the best player. Which makes sense, as they are basing it on the criteria thay are supposed to consider.