Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named as the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player today, but there were a handful of voters who disagreed.
Rarely are votes for awards like Most Valuable Player unanimous, but rarely have players had a season as great as Kevin Durant where even the reigning MVP — in this case, LeBron James – says he should get the award.
Via SI.com, there were six voters in this year’s balloting who chose LeBron over Durant as their pick for MVP
- Steve Holman of Hawks Radio Network
- Cedric Maxwell, a former NBA star who now calls Celtics games for WEEI in Boston.
- Grant Napier, the Kings play-by-play announcer
- Bob Fitzgerald, the Warriors play-by-play announcer
- Bill Land, the Spurs play-by-play announcer
- Al McCoy, the Suns play-by-play announcers
It should be no surprise that voters with connections to the Warriors, Kings, Spurs and Suns would want to push Durant to the side. It can only be assumed that Holman and Maxwell didn’t see enough of the West Coast games.
All of the voters placed Durant second on their ballots.
Interesting to note, Durant’s team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, had five more regular season wins than the Heat, and Durant had better numbers in terms of points, rebounds and player efficiency rating than LeBron.