Tony Parker receives four first place votes, finishes fifth in MVP voting

By Quixem Ramirez

Apr 29, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) celebrates a basket and a foul with San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) during the second half of game one in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at the AT

While LeBron James was certainly deserving of his third MVP award in four years, Tony Parker also played more than admirably this season for the 50-16 San Antonio Spurs.

Parker averaged 18.3 points and a career high 7.7 assists per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. Parker finished fifth in MVP voting behind Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant with 331 points including four first-place votes. Tim Duncan finished 14th with three points.