San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who has been serenaded by “MVP” chants at the AT&T Center during the second half of the season, finished fifth with 331 points including four first-place votes. Tim Duncan was 14th with three points from one fourth-place vote.
The Spurs were among three teams to have two finishers receiving votes in the MVP balloting.
The Miami Heat had LeBron James first and Dwyane Wade 11th and the Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant second and Russell Westbrook tied for 12th, were the other two teams with multiple vote-getters.
Duncan won the MVP award in the 2002 and 2003 seasons. David Robinson in 1995 is the other Spur player to win the award.
LeBron James earned his third Most Valuable Player award in the last four years after he was announced as the league’s winner today.
James totaled 1,074 points, including 85 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 voters that consisted of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote.
He became the eighth player in NBA history and the first since Michael Jordan to earn three MVP awards in his career. Other members of that elite club include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six times), Jordan and Bill Russell (five times each), Wilt Chamberlain (four times) and Larry Bird, Moses Malone and Magic Johnson (three times apiece).
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