Tim Duncan Wins 2002 NBA MVP Award

It's official: Duncan captures MVP award

By T.A. Badger

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan edged New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd for NBA MVP honors Thursday in the award's fifth-closest finish since the media began voting in 1981.

Duncan received 57 first-place votes and 954 points from a panel of 126 sports writers and broadcasters, while Kidd drew 45 first-place votes and 897 points.

Shaquille O'Neal was third with 696 points.

Why all the fuss? Tim Duncan deserving of MVP

by Sam Smith

CHICAGO _ There is one definition for Most Valuable Player, in any league. It's the best overall player who also had the best season.

It was San Antonio's Tim Duncan in the NBA this season, and Thursday he was officially awarded the league's MVP trophy.

Duncan, who also joined Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird, George Mikan, Bob Pettit and Oscar Roberston as the only players named to the All-NBA first team their first five seasons, received 57 first-place votes and 954 total votes from a national media panel.