Durant received seven votes from a panel of 11 select media members, while Stephen Curry drew the other four. LeBron James didn't get any votes despite nearly averaging a triple-double for the series.
Curry and Durant were neck and neck for the award for most of the series, but the difference probably came down to Game 3. Durant delivered a monstrous performance with 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting and nailed a ridiculous 33-foot pull-up triple to secure a contentious win. Meanwhile, Curry opened that game missing his first nine threes, and finished with just 11 points.
However, there was still a case for Curry, especially since Durant nearly blew Game 1 after allowing LeBron James to score 51 points and permitted J.R. Smith to snag a crucial rebound right before his infamous gaffe. Curry kept the Warriors afloat in Game 1, set an NBA Finals record with nine threes in Game 2, and exploded for 37 points in Game 4.
Durant averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 2.3 blocks per game for the series.