NEW YORK, May 3 – Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves was named the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today.

The 6-10, 240-pound forward totaled 1,219 points in MVP balloting, including 120 of a possible 123 first-place votes, from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five for third, three for fourth and one for each fifth-place vote received. San Antonio’s Tim Duncan finished second with 716 points, Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal was third with 523 points, Sacramento’s Peja Stojakovic finished fourth with 281 points and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (212 points) and Shaquille O’Neal (178 points) finished fifth and sixth.

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Garnett garnered 120 out of a possible 123 first-place votes.
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The seven-time NBA All-Star enjoyed his best season as a professional in 2003-04, averaging career bests in points (24.2 ppg, 2nd in the NBA), rebounds (13.9 rpg, 1st in the NBA) and blocked shots (2.17 bpg), in addition to averaging 5.0 assists and 1.46 steals. Garnett led the league in double-doubles this season with 71, the most in the NBA since Hakeem Olajuwon registered 72 during the 1992-93 season. He became only the fifth player in NBA history – and first in 29 years – to lead the league in total points (1,987) and total rebounds (1,139) in the same season.

Garnett earned his third All-NBA First Team selection this season – his sixth overall All-NBA honor – and was named a member of the All-Defensive First Team for the fifth consecutive season. Garnett earned Player of the Month honors four times this season (December, January, February, April), the first time a player has accomplished that feat since the award originated in 1979-80. He was also awarded the Western Conference Player of the Week Award an NBA-best four times this season.

The first player in the history of the Timberwolves to be voted the winner of the MVP Award, Garnett led Minnesota to a team-record 58 wins en route to the franchise’s first Midwest Division title. A nine-game win streak to end the season placed them one game ahead of San Antonio for the top seed in the Western Conference. Garnett broke 10 single-season team records this season, including single season scoring records of 1,903 points and 23.2 ppg (1989-90). The NBA rebounding crown is Garnett’s first, as well as the first individual category title in club history.

Garnett scored 20 or more points in 66 games and recorded 30 or more points in 12 games during the 2003-04 season. He recorded six 20-point, 20-rebound outings and is one of only four players in the league to record 100 blocks and 100 steals this season.

With seven assists on March 21, Garnett surpassed the 3,000-assist plateau, becoming the 17th NBA player with career totals of 13,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists. He scored his 13,000th point on Feb. 1 vs. Philadelphia and grabbed his 7,000th rebound Feb. 3 vs. Orlando. The NBA MVP trophy is named in honor of the late Maurice Podoloff, the first commissioner of the NBA who served from 1946 until his retirement in 1963.

2003-04 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD VOTING RESULTS

Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Pts
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota 120 2 1 0 0 1219
Tim Duncan, San Antonio 0 72 34 13 3 716
Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana 2 29 46 17 19 523
Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento 1 8 16 34 33 281
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 0 7 14 22 27 212
Shaquille O’Neal, L.A. Lakers 0 5 11 23 19 178
Ben Wallace, Detroit 0 0 0 5 9 24
Jason Kidd, New Jersey 0 0 0 5 2 17
LeBron James, Cleveland 0 0 1 1 3 11
Baron Davis, New Orleans 0 0 0 1 1 4
Sam Cassell, Minnesota 0 0 0 1 1 4
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 0 0 0 1 1 4
Andrei Kirilenko, Utah 0 0 0 0 2 2
Yao Ming, Houston 0 0 0 0 1 1
Michael Redd, Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 1 1
Carmelo Anthony, Denver 0 0 0 0 1 1

ALL-TIME MOST VALUABLE PLAYER WINNERS

1955-56: Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1956-57: Bob Cousy, Boston
1957-58: Bill Russell, Boston
1958-59: Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1959-60: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1960-61: Bill Russell, Boston
1961-62: Bill Russell, Boston
1962-63: Bill Russell, Boston
1963-64: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
1964-65: Bill Russell, Boston
1965-66: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1966-67: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1967-68: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1968-69: Wes Unseld, Baltimore
1969-70: Willis Reed, New York
1970-71: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1971-72: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1972-73: Dave Cowens, Boston
1973-74: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1974-75: Bob McAdoo, Buffalo
1975-76: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
1976-77: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
1977-78: Bill Walton, Portland
1978-79: Moses Malone, Houston
1979-80: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
1980-81: Julius Erving, Philadelphia
1981-82: Moses Malone, Houston
1982-83: Moses Malone, Philadelphia
1983-84: Larry Bird, Boston
1984-85: Larry Bird, Boston
1985-86: Larry Bird, Boston
1986-87: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers
1987-88: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988-89: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers
1989-90: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers
1990-91: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1991-92: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1992-93: Charles Barkley, Phoenix
1993-94: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1994-95: David Robinson, San Antonio
1995-96: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1996-97: Karl Malone, Utah
1997-98: Michael Jordan, Chicago
1998-99: Karl Malone, Utah
1999-00: Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers
2000-01: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
2001-02: Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2002-03: Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2003-04: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota