May 5, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James speaks at the podium after receiving his fourth MVP award at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe finishes 5th in MVP voting

Sunday afternoon Lebron James officially claimed his fourth Most Valuable Player award in five years.

Bill Russell is the only player in NBA history to win the award four times in five seasons, and James joins Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Russell as the only players to win four or more MVP awards.

The 28-year-old fell one vote short of a of the first unanimous selection in league history at the hands of this man, who voted for third-place finisher Carmelo Anthony.

Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, saw his value to an all-star caliber cast undervalued yet again – finishing in fifth place.

Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total Points
LeBron James, Miami 120 1 - - - 1,207
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City - 93 21 2 3 765
Carmelo Anthony, New York 1 16 51 27 17 475
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers - 2 27 39 23 289
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers - 4 12 23 27 184
Tony Parker, San Antonio - 2 7 8 13 86
Tim Duncan, San Antonio - 2 1 12 10 65
James Harden, Houston - - - 7 12 33
Russell Westbrook, OKC - - - 1 6 9
Dwyane Wade, Miami - - 1 - - 5
Stephen Curry, Golden State - - - - 3 3
Kevin Garnett, Boston - - - - 1 1
David Lee, Golden State - - - - 1 1
Ty Lawson, Denver - - - - 1 1
Marc Gasol, Memphis - - - - 1 1
Joakim Noah, Chicago - - - - 1 1

We recently started a thread on the site asking you why Bryant has only received one MVP award in such a prolific career.

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