The NBA named the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant the 2014 NBA MVP on Tuesday in what was not even a close call with LeBron James. After that duo, there was heavy support for Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Joakim Noah of the Bulls, and after that duo it got a little more interesting.
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic earned three fifth-place votes in the MVP poll, getting the nod from Suns radio analyst Tim Kempton, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix and Pacer play-by-play man Mark Boyle. Kempton of course saw Dragic on a nightly basis, and Boyle watched The Dragon torch Indiana a few times this season. Mannix’s decision comes from the perspective of a national writer, and that might be the biggest compliment toward Dragic.
Other players who could have warranted fifth-place votes included James Harden, Stephen Curry, Al Jefferson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul George and Kevin Love — so for Dragic to steal some votes from those guys says a bit.
Here’s a link to the full chart of MVP votes, including some against-the-grain picks by Suns announcer Al McCoy.