If you spend all day on NBA Twitter then we’ve got a task for you. Help us track the NBA 2017 MVP voting.
The race between James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard is expected to be tight and all MVP ballots are due today.
The NBA MVP award is determined by 100 ballots of NBA media members who rank five players who are then awarded points for their placement on each ballot (10 for first, 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 for fifth). After summing each player’s score the player with the highest total wins.
Here’s the catch -- The NBA has not disclosed who the 100 voters are. And we need your help to find who the voters are.
We’ve created a Dream Shake hosted Google spreadsheet to track all the media members who are confirmed to have submitted a ballot and if possible, who they voted for.
Tracking the voting and voters is more relevant than ever since the NBA will not be declaring an MVP winner until hosting an awards show following the NBA Finals.
It’s a dramatic break in tradition to hold off on presenting the MVP award, instead of using it to fuel players and narratives.
Tracking the voters in 2017 is going to be more difficult than any previous year as the league has declared that team-affiliated media members, like Bill Worrell or Matt Bullard, will no longer be allowed to vote. This creates a natural draw down in voters from the approximately 130 in past years, but also creates a vacuum which will be filled by first time voters.