Mar 26, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Phoenix Suns shooting guard Goran Dragic (1) dribbles as Washington Wizards point guard Andre Miller (24) chases during the second half at Verizon Center. The Suns defeated the Wizards 99 - 93. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA MVP: Goran Dragic earns 3 points

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.

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