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OKC Thunder: Chris Paul finishes seventh in MVP race

Chris Paul, after a resurgent season in Oklahoma City, finished seventh in the Most Valuable Player race. 

The NBA released MVP voting results Friday. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was the runaway winner with 85 of 101 first-place votes. Antetokounmpo joins Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, LeBron James and Stephen Curry as back-to-back MVP recipients this century. 

James finished second in this year's vote, and Rockets guard James Harden finished third. 

Paul received three third-place votes, one fourth-place vote and eight fifth-place votes. It marked his first top-10 MVP finish since the 2015-16 season. 

The 35-year-old point guard has placed in the top-10 of the MVP vote eight times in his career. 

Paul averaged 17.6 points, 6.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game this season. He led the Thunder to the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. 

2019-20 MVP vote

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

2. LeBron James, Lakers

3. James Harden, Rockets

4. Luka Doncic, Mavericks 

5. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers

6. Anthony Davis, Lakers

7. Chris Paul, Thunder 

8. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers

9. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

10. Pascal Siakam, Raptors 

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Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4c5ef1cf4d5b4bc089c61bf1cc7fe9c6.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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