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Here's a list of every AP male athlete of the year winner since 1931

Kawhi Leonard
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2019 -- Kawhi Leonard, basketball

2018 -- LeBron James, basketball

2017 -- Jose Altuve, baseball

2016 -- LeBron James, basketball

2015 -- Stephen Curry, basketball

2014 -- Madison Bumgarner, baseball-x

2013 -- LeBron James, basketball

2012 -- Michael Phelps, swimming

2011 -- Aaron Rodgers, football

2010 -- Drew Brees, football

2009 -- Jimmie Johnson, auto racing

2008 -- Michael Phelps, swimming

2007 -- Tom Brady, football

2006 -- Tiger Woods, golf-x

2005 -- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2004 -- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2003 -- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2002 -- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2001 -- Barry Bonds, baseball

2000 -- Tiger Woods, golf

1999 -- Tiger Woods, golf

1998 -- Mark McGwire, baseball

1997 -- Tiger Woods, golf

1996 -- Michael Johnson, track and field

1995 -- Cal Ripken, baseball

1994 -- George Foreman, boxing

1993 -- Michael Jordan, basketball

1992 -- Michael Jordan, basketball

1991 -- Michael Jordan, basketball

1990 -- Joe Montana, football

1989 -- Joe Montana, football

1988 -- Orel Hershiser, baseball

1987 -- Ben Johnson, track and field

1986 -- Larry Bird, basketball

1985 -- Dwight Gooden, baseball

1984 -- Carl Lewis, track and field

1983 -- Carl Lewis, track and field

1982 -- Wayne Gretzky, hockey

1981 -- John McEnroe, tennis-x

1980 -- U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

1979 -- Willie Stargell, baseball

1978 -- Ron Guidry, baseball

1977 -- Steve Cauthen, horse racing

1976 -- Bruce Jenner, decathlon

1975 -- Fred Lynn, baseball

1974 -- Muhammad Ali, boxing

1973 -- O.J. Simpson, football

1972 -- Mark Spitz, swimming

1971 -- Lee Trevino, golf

1970 -- George Blanda, football

1969 -- Tom Seaver, baseball

1968 -- Denny McLain, baseball

1967 -- Carl Yastrzemski, baseball

1966 -- Frank Robinson, baseball

1965 -- Sandy Koufax, baseball

1964 -- Don Schollander, swimming

1963 -- Sandy Koufax, baseball

1962 -- Maury Wills, baseball

1961 -- Roger Maris, baseball

1960 -- Rafer Johnson, track

1959 -- Ingemar Johansson, boxing

1958 -- Herb Elliott, track

1957 -- Ted Williams, baseball

1956 -- Mickey Mantle, baseball

1955 -- Hopalong Cassady, football

1954 -- Willie Mays, baseball

1953 -- Ben Hogan, golf

1952 -- Bob Mathias, track-football

1951 -- Dick Kazmaier, football

1950 -- Jim Konstanty, baseball

1949 -- Leon Hart, football

1948 -- Lou Boudreau, baseball

1947 -- Johnny Lujack, football

1946 -- Glenn Davis, football

1945 -- Byron Nelson, golf-x

1944 -- Byron Nelson, golf

1943 -- Gunder Haegg, track

1942 -- Frank Sinkwich, football

1941 -- Joe DiMaggio, baseball

1940 -- Tom Harmon, football

1939 -- Nile Kinnick, football

1938 -- Don Budge, tennis

1937 -- Don Budge, tennis

1936 -- Jesse Owens, track-x

1935 -- Joe Louis, boxing

1934 -- Dizzy Dean, baseball

1933 -- Carl Hubbell, baseball

1932 -- Gene Sarazen, golf

1931 -- Pepper Martin, baseball

x-both male and female winners were from the same sport