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It’s official: Kevin Durant wins NBA MVP award for first time

May 6, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

This was expected. Not only had it been pretty obvious, then it leaked, then even his main competition said he deserved it.

Kevin Durant is the NBA’s MVP, the league announced Tuesday.

He is second no more.

Durant won the award going away, collecting 119 of the 125 first place votes (124 of those cast by media members, one by fan vote, you can see the voting results here). The other six went to LeBron James, who finished second in the voting. Those two were well ahead of the rest of the pack.

Blake Griffin of the Clippers finished third, Joakim Noah of the Bulls fourth and James Harden of the Rockets fifth.

Durant averaged 32 points a game (his fourth scoring title in five years) with a ridiculous true shooting percentage of 63.5 percent, while also pulling down 7.4 rebounds and dishing out 5.5 assists per game. More than that, he stepped up his play when Russell Westbrook went down injured, keeping the team at the top of the Western Conference and making them contenders. He was efficient both as a scorer and a playmaker. Yes, the peak of LeBron is a still a better player than Durant, but KD played at his peak all season while LeBron did not (particularly defensively).

Here is a wrap up of the voting (with point totals in parenthesis).

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (1,232)
LeBron James, Miami (891)
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers (434)
Joakim Noah, Chicago (322)
James Harden, Houston (85)
Stephen Curry, Golden State (66)
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (45)
Al Jefferson, Charlotte (34)
Paul George, Indiana (33)
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland (26)
Kevin Love, Minnesota (25)
Tim Duncan, San Antonio (21)
Tony Parker, San Antonio (21)
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (7)
Carmelo Anthony, New York (4)
Goran Dragic, Phoenix (3)
Mike Conley, Memphis (1)

  1. jattsoorma - May 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    hate the heat, but hes still not better overall than lebron, this was a case of voter fatigue.

    • duhwighthoward - May 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      LeBron is a flopper. The award had lost some of its prestige the last few years. Hopefully this restores its dignity.

      • cantonbound13 - May 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Don’t forget about the obvious PED use. Durant does bring some dignity back to the award.

      • rodyaugu - May 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Is there anybody in the nba that flops more than Durant and Westbrook right now?

      • duhwighthoward - May 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        @rodyaugu Yeah, I’m sick of watching such a talented player (Westbrook) flop. He flops on his jump shot!!!

    • kb2408 - May 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      The MVP has nothing to do with the best player. If that were the case how do you explain Nash having two and Kobe and Shaq having two COMBINED?! The MVP is for the best season. KD has had a historically great season and his team was also very good. He was the clear and obvious choice.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Kobe has never been the best player in the league. Actually I take that back; he averaged 35ppg on a crappy Lakers team. He was the best player and should have won MVP that year, but he didn’t. Other than that there has always been somebody better.

    • antistratfordian - May 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      You’re right, he’s not better than LeBron, and he doesn’t even do half of what LeBron does each game. I suspect that the voters have already realized this as they watched Durant’s first 8 games of the postseason, but by then it was too late to correct their mistake.

      • money2long - May 6, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        You realized you said post season ?
        Do you realize the timeline in which the award timeline is awarded for ?
        I’ll let these questions simmer in the thing inside your skull.

      • antistratfordian - May 6, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        Read what I wrote again. More carefully this time.

      • money2long - May 6, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        shutup you fool. you ef’d up like you usually do.
        now youre on your “sh!!t on kevin durant’s mvp” campaign.
        im not going to read your foolish comment again.
        youre talking about voters thinking they made a mistake cuz of what they see in the POST SEASON?
        kd could average 1 point in the playoffs, and it still has no bearing on what he accomplished in the REGULAR SEASON. how is what he’s doing now a mistake on what happened before the playoffs started ? you’re letting lebron’s sack cloud your judgement. everywhere i go on this website, you’re doing some weird bash on kd’s accomplishment. give it a rest.

      • antistratfordian - May 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        You didn’t read it carefully like I asked you to. And you are always so emotional. That is bad for your health. Chill out a little bit and you’ll live longer.

        But you’re correct in that what Durant does in the postseason doesn’t change what he did in the regular season – but it can change how people feel about him, it can change how people reflect back on – and interpret – the regular season, and it can change how people reflect back on their vote.

        Voters are only human – and humans often regret decisions they make.

        The first round of the playoffs, plus Game 1 against the Clippers, revealed something to us that people just didn’t want to talk about in the regular season because of the KD love fest – i.e. all of his weaknesses and the specific details of what makes LeBron a more valuable player than Durant. These things were still there to be seen in the regular season, for sure – these are not new developments – but nobody (aside from me) wanted to talk about it; it was always either glossed over or people made excuses for him.

        Well, now everybody’s talking about it.

        So some voters out there have had second thoughts. Which is fine – they’re allowed to regret their vote – and they actually deserve to anyway.

      • money2long - May 7, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        No. If he averages one point in the post season , then He is playing bad in the post season. Two different seasons. Stop trying to justify your lebron nut hugging self.

      • antistratfordian - May 7, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        You’re missing the point. People have realized that they had over-estimated Durant and under-appreciated LeBron.

        You know, during the season the chorus was, “Durant is not only the MVP, but he’s also the best player in the league!”

        Well that nonsense is all but gone now. Today those same people are saying, “Durant isn’t the best player in the league, but he’s still the MVP.”

        But they’re still wrong.

        Durant is neither the best player in the league, or the player who deserved the MVP award.

      • money2long - May 7, 2014 at 2:38 AM

        Oh my gosh. No. The voters are not thining like u. They awareded the best regular season. That was all. Period. You’re basing your argument on pure speculation. Stop it.

  2. fanofthegame79 - May 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    KD wins the MVP but his team has a really strong chance of losing in the second round of the playoffs (after a brutal first round)…so I’ll post it here first (cuz it will come): KD will be asked by the media about winning his first MVP while getting ousted early from the playoffs….and we’ll get a follow-up story or a quote from KD saying how he’s sick of being asked about losing.

    • duhwighthoward - May 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Yeah, well Thabo Sfeshaloba and Kendrick Perkins aren’t exactly Dwane Wade and Chris Bosh.

      + Kevin Durant (please stop calling him KD) plays in the West.

      • jaydm84 - May 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Wade missed about as much as Westbrook did this season.

      • cantonb0und13 - May 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Durant has Westbrook and Ibaka. And oh yeah that guy Reggie Jackson who always have to save Durant. He had Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka and still loss. What a joke.

      • kinggw - May 6, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        That’s disingenuous. KD does have Westbrook and Ibaka. He also has savvy veterans and quality role players.

        He plays in the West, so what. The Thunder aren’t inconsistent because the West is so good, they are like that because their half court offense is horrible and they’ve never been great defensively. That’s been their fatal flaw for a while.

      • fanofthegame79 - May 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Kevin Durant is too much to type, KD is much easier to type for a blog. This isn’t a college thesis.

    • ProBasketballPundit - May 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      That’s happened to LeBron too, buddy. And the West is a whole lot better than the East… and has been for at least 15 years.

  3. kb2408 - May 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    And, in a related story: in Miami grown men in Heat #6 jerseys, who weren’t even Heat fans before LBJ arrived, were in tears.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Funny how you have to bring LeBron in every blog. Remember when Kobe demanded a trade from the Lakers? Actually he demanded a trade during draft night. What a joke.

      • kb2408 - May 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        I’m actually a fan of LBJ. He is the best player in the world right now (barely, KD is coming!) and he’s already an all-time great. If I do bring up LBJ often, I do so only because of guys like yourself who constantly try to make him out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. And it seems to me that you bring up KD way more than I bring up LBJ. Are you threatened by the fact that someone might supplant your hero as the best player in the world? Obviously that is your deal. I get it though…I did the same thing when LBJ was supplanting Kobe. Players come and go, LBJ can’t be the best forever. Accept it, sir.

      • cantonbound13 - May 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        Your comments are so ridiculous, you have to use someone else’s identity to post them, so sad!

  4. cantonb0und13 - May 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Kevin Durant is sooooo overrated. Like I said before, he only shoots three. Durant won’t even come close to Dirk Nowitzki level. Clippers are definitely winning this series, teams are figuring out how to stop overrated Durant.

    • kb2408 - May 6, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Go away, imposter!!

      • cantonb0und13 - May 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Until you stop talking about LeBron 24/7. Which will never happen, so I’m here to stay!

      • cantonbound13 - May 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        He’s a pathetic coward much like his boyfriend LeBron.

  5. duhwighthoward - May 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Joakim Noah 4th in MVP voting – Ha!

  6. doug2626 - May 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve MVP, I’m just confused, does he need Westbrook like we were told last year or is Westbrook a ball hog like I’m hearing this year? I also hear they need a third scoring threat while Ibaka averages 16. I just need some clarification on why as MVP his team is struggling so much during the playoffs. He has played great the majority of the time. I thought he should be able to elevate the team around him to victories.

    • paleihe - May 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      Maybe the team is playing against really good quality competition?

      The Grizzlies, while they were ranked #7, also didn’t have Marc Gasol for a chunk of the year. That team is hard for anyone to go up against.

      The Clippers can score at an extremely high level. When you play against really good competition, you’re going to lose games. Happens to every team.

      • casualcommenter - May 6, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        A lot of people who didn’t pay attention to the regular season are coming on here and wondering why the top teams in the West are struggling more than the top teams in the East.

        The Western Conference wasn’t just a little bit better than the Eastern Conference. It was a lot better. The Dallas Mavericks, who were the 8th seed in the West, would have been the third seed in the East based on win-loss record.

        Again, I understand why a lot of people don’t follow the regular season since it’s long and player effort is inconsistent, but people need to read up on how the season played out before commenting on why playoff matchups in the Western Conference seem tougher than in the East.

    • casualcommenter - May 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      The LA Clippers won more games this year than the Miami Heat.

      That’s why OKC is struggling in round 2. The Western Conference playoff bracket had many more top quality teams than the Eastern Conference playoff bracket.

      The Dallas Mavericks, who were the 8th seed in the West, would have been the third seed in the East based on win-loss record.

      • doug2626 - May 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Both of your comments did a great job or showing why my points were invalid. Thank you for clarifying. I forgot that rings are won based on regular season strength of schedule.

  7. cantonb0und13 - May 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    In the meantime, where’s Kwame Hibbert?

  8. miamatt - May 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    From a Heat fan:

    Congrats to Kevin Durant and fans of OKC. It is a well deserved honor.

    An OKC-MIA Finals rematch would be great for the NBA.

    • bbbmf - May 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Thank you for a civil post! The rest…jeez!

  9. Jeff - May 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    It’s a good thing James said OK to this. Otherwise Durant doesn’t win it.

  10. brucster - May 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Congratulations…..

  11. proceednet - May 6, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Congrats, Kevin!

  12. antistratfordian - May 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    They got it wrong again this year – as was expected. There will be voter’s remorse by the end of the postseason, if it already hasn’t happened.

  13. csbanter - May 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Simmer down all you King James fans, its ok tomorrow is Wednesday the Sun will shine again, the world will not end because KD won MVP over James.

  14. ProBasketballPundit - May 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    James Harden was fifth in voting? What a joke. We should rebrand this award “Offensive player of the year”

  15. newyorkball82 - May 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    @antistratfordian

    Kevin Durant had a better season, period. He was better offensively with helping his team win and he was better defensively…. You are drunk in your Lebron love.

  16. cantonbound13 - May 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    *break*

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