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Kawhi Leonard finishes second in NBA MVP voting

The Spurs' ascendant superstar lost out to Stephen Curry.

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard has emerged as perhaps the league's best two-way player. He had a career year, posting averages of 21.2 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game, and a PER of 26.11. If Stephen Curry hadn't had the best single offensive season in league history, Kawhi easily could have challenged for the MVP.

In a season where Stephen Curry became the first ever unanimous MVP winner, the race was always for the second spot. Leonard narrowly beat out third place finisher LeBron James by three total points.

Will this give Kawhi an even bigger chip on his shoulder as we move forward through the playoffs?