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Fans will be allowed to vote for NBA MVP award on Twitter

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Will you tweet about one of these guys? (Getty Images)
Will you tweet about one of these guys? (Getty Images)

Have you ever wanted to vote for the NBA KIA MVP award? Have you ever wanted to vote for it on Twitter? Then do I have the deal for you! After allowing NBA fans to vote for the MVP award the past three seasons, the KIA MVP fan vote is now being expanded to include votes made via Twitter.

From the NBA:

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Kia Motors, Official Automotive Partner of the NBA, announced that for the first time ever, fans will have the opportunity to vote on Twitter to help determine the winner of the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award. For the past three seasons, fans have been able to vote for the Kia NBA MVP Award via NBA.com/KiaMVPFanVote, and this year the program will expand to include social media voting on Twitter.

Twitter voting will allow fans to tweet a vote for one player each day throughout the voting period. The tweet must include a player's first and last name, along with hashtag #KiaMVP. Online voting on NBA.com/KiaMVPFanVote will allow fans to submit their votes for MVP by ranking their top five choices. The combined fan vote on Twitter and NBA.com/KiaMVPFanVote will count as one vote, with the remaining 122 votes coming from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Fans can cast their MVP votes on Twitter andNBA.com/KiaMVPFanVote now through April 18.

Additionally, Kia Motors will present a brand new 2014 Sorento LX CUV to the charity of choice of each of five 2012-13 year-end award winners as part of “The Kia NBA Performance Awards.” Following this season, Kia Motors will have donated a total of 26 new vehicles to charitable organizations since its support of the NBA's prestigious year-end honors began in 2008.

It's only one vote, but you have to wonder if the award is ever going to come down to that one first-place vote to tip things over the top. MVP voting is down with a first-place, second-place, third-place, fourth-place and fifth-place vote given by each voter. The votes all count for a different number of voting points, with first getting 10 points, second getting seven points, third getting five points, fourth getting three points and fifth getting one point.

The closest MVP votes we've had in the last 20 years were the 1997 and 2005 MVP races. In 1997, Karl Malone won the award over Michael Jordan by 29 points in the voting. He had 11 more first-place votes than Jordan. In 2005, Steve Nash won the MVP award by 34 points over Shaquille O'Neal. He had seven more first-place votes than Shaq.

It's possible the fans could one day decide the winner, but the MVP races are rarely this close. Really, you just have to feel sorry for the interns that have to go through Twitter and compile the votes from the #KIAMVP hashtag. Don't be surprised if we end up with Justin Bieber as the 2013 NBA MVP.

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