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2011 NBA MVP Voting Breakdown: Derrick Rose Wins Easily

The 2011 NBA MVP Award was a hotly-debated topic on the Internet, with Derrick Rose vs. Dwight Howard spurring a classic eye-test vs. stats debate that waged throughout the winter and early spring. As it turned out, though, the debate wasn't really much of a debate. Rose earned 113 of the 121 first-place votes (one ballot was for the fans), and had 1,182 points in total in winning MVP. Nobody even placed him lower than third on their ballot.

The other first-place votes went to LeBron James (4), Dwight Howard (3) and Kobe Bryant (1). Here is the full breakdown of the MVP voting, via an NBA press release.

Player Team First Second Third Fourth Fifth Total
Derrick Rose Chicago 113 6 2 - - 1182
Dwight Howard Orlando 3 57 31 16 11 643
LeBron James Miami 4 26 39 31 12 522
Kobe Bryant LA Lakers 1 18 32 40 12 428
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City - 6 10 20 38 190
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas - 5 3 11 30 113
Dwyane Wade Miami - 1 1 2 6 24
Manu Ginobili San Antonio - 2 - - 6 20
Amar'e Stoudemire New York - - 1 - 4 9
Blake Griffin LA Clippers - - 1 - - 5
Rajon Rondo Boston - - 1 - - 5
Tony Parker San Antonio - - - 1 - 3
Chris Paul New Orleans - - - - 2 2