So close, and yet ... : Anthony Davis (left) and Kevin Durant.
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The Most Valuable Player race is pretty much done. No matter how much you might love LeBron James, you know Kevin Durant played out of his mind this season. Even when the race was tight, Durant found ways to separate himself from the four-time MVP in James.
Durant captured the scoring title with his 32 points per game and has led the Thunder to a No. 2 seed, giving them one of the two top seeds in the West for the third year in a row.
So Durant may practically be a lock for MVP, but does he deserve the NBA’s Most Improved Player award as well? Well, he’s got Michael Smith’s vote. The Clippers commentator accidentally switched his Most Valuable Player ballot with his Most Improved Player ballot and had Durant first in line for MIP, followed by James and Blake Griffin.
Ah well, no harm done. Luckily the race for MIP wasn’t super tight and that one vote didn’t really matter. And now it appears Smith’s actual first choice for MIP, New Orleans Pelican Anthony Davis — a player for a team that didn’t even make the playoffs — just scored himself a first-place vote for MVP.