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LeBron James named MVP, misses becoming unanimous selection by a single vote

May 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

Miami Heat's LeBron James reads the label on his Most Valuable Player trophy during a news conference held by the NBA and Miami Heat in Miami

The news we’ve known about for a few days now became official on Sunday, as LeBron James was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time in his career.

There was no suspense surrounding the crowning of James, but there was some curiosity to see whether or not he might be a unanimous winner of the award for the first time in league history.

He was not.

James received 120 out of 121 first place votes, and one second place vote. The player who received LeBron’s missing first place vote was Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

This matters little in the grand scheme of things, as James will receive his fourth trophy just as he would have had he received every last one of those first place votes. But much like the MVP race in 2000, when Shaquille O’Neal’s season was similarly dominant and he missed out on being the unanimous choice by way of a single vote that went to Allen Iverson, it’s going to be fodder for discussion.

The NBA awards are voted upon anonymously by members of the media, so unless the person who gave Anthony that first place vote decides to reveal himself, we’ll never know the reasoning behind the decision. Something tells me, however, that whoever didn’t vote for James will be more than happy to spend a few moments in the spotlight.

The complete results of the balloting are listed below. Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Kobe Bryant rounded out the top five.

Player, Team                                    1st               2nd              3rd               4th           5th                 Total Points

LeBron James, Miami                      120             1                  –                  –              –                    1,207

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City             –                  93               21               2              3                   765

Carmelo Anthony, New York                1                  16               51               27           17                 475

Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers                       –                  2                  27               39           23                 289

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers                      –                  4                  12               23           27                 184

Tony Parker, San Antonio                     –                  2                  7                  8              13                 86

Tim Duncan, San Antonio                    –                  2                  1                  12           10                 65

James Harden, Houston                        –                  –                  –                  7              12                 33

Russell Westbrook, OKC                          –                  –                  –                  1              6                   9

Dwyane Wade, Miami                              –                  –                  1                  –              –                    5

Stephen Curry, Golden State                     –                  –                  –                  –              3                   3

Kevin Garnett, Boston                                –                  –                  –                  –              1                   1

David Lee, Golden State                             –                  –                  –                  –              1                   1

Ty Lawson, Denver                                     –                  –                  –                  –              1                   1

Marc Gasol, Memphis                                –                  –                  –                  –              1                   1

Joakim Noah, Chicago                              –                  –                  –                  –              1                   1

  1. 13arod - May 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    i could understand if one person voted for durant but not melo melo an’t better then lebron

  2. golfrangeman - May 5, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I think some of these idiots should be blocked from posting . I mean seriously LBJ the worst basketball player and that hockey dude. There’s no way their brain ( if they have one ) would allow them to function on earth.

    • jacksonkane - May 6, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      If you are going to troll… at least make sense.

  3. brycebstone - May 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    If you’re mad that LeBron won another MVP, it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate your life. Any attempt to use stats or other evaluations to show someone else should have won is myopic and biased.

    Don’t be ok with mediocrity in your life. LeBron isn’t and that’s why he’s is winning MVPs and you’re eating hot pockets in your mom’s basement. He may have more talent but he works as hard as anyone in the league. You work that hard in your own life and you’ll be successful too.

  4. spideysdog - May 6, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    I hate LeBron. despise the ego and don’t like the attitude. that being said…. he is hands down, no questions asked, the MVP and best player walking the planet right now. the guy is the perfect mix of Michael with scoring and drive, and Magic with passing and running an offense.

    Melo had six assists in the first 5 playoff games. total. seriously. he do.images the ball more than Kidd or Felton and he averages 1.2 assista per game? it isn’t even close. Melo is a playground baller. LBJ is a primetime showstopper.

    whoever cast that vote, did it for one reason and one reason only…. to stop LBJ from being unanimous. and that’s pretty cheesy.

  5. freudnumb - May 6, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Gary Washburn of Boston Globes.

    • addictedzone - May 6, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Yes indeed it was Gary Washburn. But I have to give PR credit to Miami’s Dan LeBatard (@LeBatardShow on twitter) who neither confirmed nor denied when people blamed him last night. His twitter mention timeline blew up in what were some of the nastiest and funniest attacks I’ve seen ever seen.

  6. omniusprime - May 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Sad that Queen James was voted MVP rather than Kobe Bryant. This pathetic piece of trash has been overhyped since his high school days and just isn’t that good. Hope he doesn’t win another title since he doesn’t deserve one.

  7. doorharp11 - May 6, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Lebron is the mvp! The reason why he did that special going to miami is because he helped raise over $2 million to help charities. If miami or espn would have made money he wouldnt have done it but it was for the kids! Embrace him because his contribution to charity is among the best of them!

    • lyndseymarieee - May 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Or he could’ve donated $2 million to charity without all of the pomp and circumstance. He didn’t need ESPN to make that happen. I don’t hate LeBron. I really couldn’t care less, actually. But this is a bad argument when defending “the decision”.

  8. glink123 - May 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    “Witless History”

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