In the end, after a season when three different guys appeared to have the lead at times, it wasn’t even close. Steph Curry, formally announced as NBA MVP this morning after the news leaked last night, was the man on more than three-quarters of ballots.
Here are the vote totals, via NBA.com:
|Player / Team||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||TOTAL|
|Stephen Curry, Golden State||100||26||3||—||1||1,198|
|James Harden, Houston||25||87||13||4||—||936|
|LeBron James, Cleveland||5||12||62||32||12||552|
|Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City||—||5||33||41||29||352|
|Anthony Davis, New Orleans||—||—||9||35||53||203|
|Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers||—||—||10||15||29||124|
|LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland||—||—||—||1||3||6|
|Marc Gasol, Memphis||—||—||—||1||—||3|
|Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers||—||—||—||1||—||3|
|Tim Duncan, San Antonio||—||—||—||—||1||1|
|Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio||—||—||—||—||1||1|
|Klay Thompson, Golden State||—||—||—||—||1||1|
The full ballots can be found here, but there are two obvious anomalies. The first is James Harden being left off of one ballot altogether. According to the writer who cast that ballot, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Chris Haynes, that was an honest mistake. Haynes said he intended to list Harden third.
The second is Curry receiving a fifth-place vote, which is pretty unconscionable. Blame MSG Network’s Mike Crispino, who submitted a ballot listing, in order, Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Marc Gasol, and Curry. It was Gasol’s only vote.