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Al Jefferson, Stephen Curry among top 10 in NBA MVP voting

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Mark Duncan - AP
Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson, left, controls a rebound against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao, from Brazil, in overtime of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Cleveland. Jefferson scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Bobcats' 96-94 over tie win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Bobcats center Al Jefferson and Charlotte native Stephen Curry both finished among the top 10 in NBA MVP voting this year.

Curry, the Golden State Warriors guard, came in sixth with four third-place votes and finishing with 66 points overall. In his first season with the Bobcats, Jefferson finished in eighth place and had two third-place votes, finishing with 34 points overall.

Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant won his first MVP with 116 first-place votes. Four-time league MVP LeBron James, who came in second place, was the only other player to fetch a first-place nod (6).

Curry, a Charlotte Christian and Davidson alumnus, posted career highs in points per game (24) and assists per game (8.5). His Warriors lost to the Clippers in the first round to the Clippers in a series that went seven games.

Jefferson was part of the formula that turned a 21-win Bobcats team into a 43-win playoff team. His paint presence and ability to work with rising star guard Kemba Walker enabled the Bobcats to make just their second playoff appearance in franchise history.

Jefferson averaged 21.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game this season. He was hampered by a plantar fascia injury suffered in the first quarter of the first game of Charlotte’s first-round series against the Heat. Jefferson did not play in the final game.

In an email to season ticket holders, Jefferson said he was touched by the MVP chants he received toward the end of the regular season at home games.

NBA MVP top 10 voting (total points):

1. Kevin Durant (1,232); 2. LeBron James (891); 3. Blake Griffin (434); 4. Joakin Noah (322); 5. .James Harden (85); 6. Stephen Curry (66); 7. Chris Paul (45); 8. Al Jefferson (34); 9. Paul George (33); 10. LaMarcus Aldridge (26).

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