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Kevin Durant Wins 2014 NBA MVP

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Durant’s monster season was enough to supplant LeBron James, but the Thunder still lost last night.

Kevin Durant Wins 2014 NBA MVP

Kevin Durant was named the 2014 NBA MVP this morning in a landslide victory for the Oklahoma City Thunder forward. Durant received 119 of the 125 first place votes, with the other six going to runner-up and four-time winner reigning MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat

While many were worthy of the honor, you can't really argue with Durant winning the award. He put in a phenomenal season, leading the Thunder to the second-best record in the Western Conference and ensuring there was no slide when Russell Westbrook was hurt earlier in the season. He led the NBA in scoring with 32 points a game, shot 50% from the field and also added 5.5 assists and 7.4 rebounds per game. Durant had his finest season, a historic one at that, and it deserved to be recognized.

Rounding out the top five were Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in third, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls in fourth, and James Harden of the Houston Rockets in fifth. Check out the complete MVP voting results at NBA.com and see how the points stacked out below:

1. Kevin Durant — 1232 (119 1st place)
2. LeBron James — 891 (6 1st place)
3. Blake Griffin — 434
4. Joakim Noah — 322
5. James Harden — 85
6. Stephen Curry — 66
7. Chris Paul — 45
8. Al Jefferson — 34
9. Paul George — 33
10. LaMarcus Aldridge — 26
11. Kevin Love — 25
12. Tim Duncan — 21
13. Tony Parker — 21
14. Dirk Nowitzki — 7
15. Carmelo Anthony — 4
16. Goran Dragic — 3
17. Mike Conley — 1

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Some thoughts on the results:

• Even though the New York Knicks had a rough season, Carmelo Anthony really deserved to finish higher than 15th place in voting. Melo was the one constant for the Knicks all season and really the only reason the team was in contention down the stretch. 

• Damian Lillard probably stole some of LaMarcus Aldridge's thunder, but I would have expected him to finish a little higher than just 10th in the voting.

• Chris Paul missed 20 games this year, but you can't argue with his production while he was on the court. Paul led the NBA with 10.7 assists per game and also threw in 19 points per game to go along with it. He helped the Clippers to their best season in franchise history, so he certainly deserved a spot in the top 10.

While Durant is the MVP, he sure didn't play like it last night. The Thunder lost the opening game of their second-round series with Griffin's Clippers in blowout fashion 122-105. Durant scored 25 points, but he shot just 9-19 from the floor and grabbed only four rebounds. Paul and Griffin combined for 55 points on 19-30 shooting (including eight threes from Paul). Durant looked out of sync last night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and the Thunder really were never in the game. If Oklahoma City is going to have any shot against the Clippers, Durant needs to be the player he was during his MVP regular season, not whoever that was last night.

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