The NBA announced this morning that Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant has won the Maurice Podoloff Trophy after being voted the
2013-13 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player. He received 119 of 124 first-place votes. LeBron James of the Miami Heat came in second, naturally. Blake Griffin finished third, Joakim Noah finished fourth and James Harden ended up fifth.
Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge finished 10th in the voting. He got two third-place votes, one from Eric Hasseltine of 92.9 FM ESPN/680 AM and the other from Trail Blazers television analyst Mike Rice. He also received two fourth-place vote, one from Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal and the other from Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express New. He rounded out his total with 10 fifth-place votes (Bill Lamb of Spurs Television, Bill Oram of the Orange Country Register, Bob Rathbun of Fox Sports South, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, Chris Marlowe of Altitude Sports, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, Grant Napier of ESPN California, Joel Meyers of Fox Sports New Orleans, Jon Barry of ESPN and Ken Pompey of the Philly Enquirer) for 26 total points. Indiana’s Paul George finished ahead of Aldridge in ninth with 33 points with Minnesota’s Kevin Love finishing right behind Aldridge in 11th with 25 points.
Aldridge also finished behind Stephen Curry in sixth, Chris Paul in seventh and Al Jefferson in eighth. He also finished ahead of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Goran Dragic and Mike Conley.