There was a purple-and-orange blip on the MVP voting this week.

Kevin Durant won the Most Valuable Player award, the league announced on Tuesday, and the votes that led to it happening were also released.

The totals revealed Goran Dragic making an appearance in the final tally, landing a trio of fifth-place votes less than two weeks after being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the 2013-14 season.

Eric Bledsoe

Info: 6-1, 195 pounds, 24 years old

NBA seasons: 4 (1 with Suns)

2013-14 numbers: 32.9 mpg, 17.7 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 spg


Dec. 13 vs. Sacramento. The Kings had frustrated the Suns in two defeats earlier in the season, so Phoenix needed someone to help wrench away control of this particular matchup. Bledsoe did that and then some, providing one of his vintage stat-stuffing performances with 28 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

Few athletes have the ability to take over a game with sheer talent and determination. Those divinely touched by the “Hoop Gods” are a small fraternity, but a familiar one to fans: Air Jordan, Wilt the Stilt, Larry Legend, Magic. Of course, one guy who’s been knocking on the door of this exclusive frat house for the last 10 years or so sports his own unique nickname. But Sir Charles, with his magical 56-point outburst in Game 3 of the first round of Western Conference Playoffs, would now have to be a full-fledged member.

Channing Frye

Info: 6-11, 245 pounds, 30 years old

NBA seasons: 8 (4 with Suns)

2013-14 numbers: 28.2 mpg, 11.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 37.0 3FG%


Jan. 19 vs. Denver. Facing a high-energy power forward in Kenneth Faried, Frye flipped the script with a truly “Manimal”-istic performance. The veteran forward shot a blistering 12-of-16 from the field on the way to 30 points and added five rebounds, three blocks and a steal for good measure.

Miles Plumlee

Info: 6-11, 255 pounds, 25 years old

NBA seasons: 3 (2 with Suns)

2013-14 numbers: 24.6 mpg, 8.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 51.7 FG%


Dec. 23 vs. L.A. Lakers. Pau Gasol is an All-Star big man and future Hall of Fame candidate. He also looked nailed to the floor when guarding Plumlee on this particular night, as the Suns big man dominated the paint en route to 17 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks to spark a 27-poin win for Phoenix.

P.J Tucker

Info: 6-6, 224 pounds, 28 years old

NBA seasons: 3 (2 with Suns)

2013-14 numbers: 30.7 mpg, 9.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 38.7 3FG%


Feb. 8 vs. Golden State. Facing the offensively gifted Warriors, Tucker logged a game-high 41 minutes that included 16 points, 15 rebounds and four steals. He was a one of several hot hands for the Suns that night, but it was his work on the other end that kept the Warriors from keeping pace in the 122-109 win.

Postseason awards are being given away in the NBA like Oprah used to give away cars. “You get an award and you get an award and you get an award!’

While every outlet, writer and media member is bestowing the great honor of their praise on players around the league, myself and figured it was time to ensure the voice of the Phoenix fan was heard.

This isn’t your father’s awards, though, mostly because when your father was your age the internet probably didn’t even exist so there was no need for this type of thing and there was only so much space in the newspaper.