Report: Leonard set to narrowly win MVP award by 14 votes

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NEW YORK, NY-  According to a source close to the league, Leonard is set to be named the  Most Valauble Player for the 2016-17 season with 352 total votes closely-winning the award from the  Russell Westbrook (338 votes) and James Harden (302 votes).

Leonard averaged a career-high 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season, he was named a finalist on both of the DPOY and MVP votings. He garnered 52 of 130 first-place votes to secure the award.

Although being the first person averaging a triple-double this season in 60 years since Oscar Robertson, the second-placer Russel Westbrook fell short in the votings by 14 points. Westbrook led his team to the 6th seed this season losing to the First Round to the third-placer James Harden's Rockets.

Leonard carried the San Antonio Spurs to a 61-21 record and a WCF berth before being injured in the first game of the series and being swept by the eventual champion, Golden State Warriors.

Leonard will be the third Spur to receive the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, which is named in honor of the NBA's first commissioner, who served from 1946 until his retirement in 1963. 

For the sixth consecutive season, the NBA and Kia Motors America (KMA) gave fans the opportunity to submit votes for the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award by ranking their top five choices through a dedicated Web page on NBA.com. The fan vote counted as one vote toward determining the winner.

The NBA Awards Show will be at Monday, June 26 at 9PM in Eastern Time.
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