Despite a down year by his Hall of Fame standards, Dirk Nowitzki got a little love in the MVP voting.
Nowitzki got one fourth-place and one fifth-place vote to finish tied with Russell Westbrook for 12th in the voting, far behind LeBron James, who was named MVP for the third time in four seasons. Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Steve Nash, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade also finished above Nowitzki.
It’s the lowest Nowitzki has finished in the voting in a decade. He won the MVP in 2007, finished third in 2005 and 2006, sixth in 2011, seventh in 2003 and 2010, eighth in 2002, 10th in 2004 and 2009 and 11th in 2008.
Nowitzki, the reigning Finals MVP, averaged his fewest points (21.6) and rebounds (6.8) since 1999-00.