Kevin Durant was officially crowned the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in an announcement by the league office that was widely anticipated for weeks.
Durant received his trophy in a press conference at the Oklahoma City Thunder’s old practice facility, the site of his honing of his NBA skills.
Durant received 119 of a possible 125 first-place votes – 124 votes belong to various media and broadcast members with 1 the result of a fan poll on NBA.com – finishing comfortably ahead of LeBron James.
Durant led the NBA in points per game, win shares (a calculation of the number of wins a player contributes to his team over a season) and Player Efficiency Rating.
Durant averaged 32.0 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He also averaged 5.5 assist and 7.4 rebounds per game.
James finished second and received six first-place votes, making him the first player since Michael Jordan to receive a first-place vote in seven consecutive seasons.
Blake Griffin finished third while Joakim Noah was repaid for his sterling efforts in dragging the wounded and undermanned Bulls to the postseason when even the front office had given up on the season.
Al Jefferson finished eighth in a minor upset, while neither Tim Duncan nor Tony Parker received much praise from the voters, another testament to the expertise Gregg Popovich has exuded leading the Spurs to a 62-win season.
The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony received only one fourth-place and one fifth-place vote, leaving him 15th in the final table.