Apr 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter at Staples Center. The Thunder won 107-101. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers Commentator Accidentally Votes Kevin Durant for Most Improved

There was little surprise when Goran Dragic was awarded Most Improved Player of the Year for the 2013-14 NBA season. But when the NBA released the list, showing which voters chose who, there was some confusion on the ballot: someone chose Kevin Durant, Lebron James, and Blake Griffin as their top-3 players for Most Improved.

And that voter was Clippers color commentator Mike Smith who openly admitted that he confused his Most Improved votes for Most Valuable Player votes.

It’s easy to see how Smith made the mistake here. And one could argue that voting for Kevin Durant to be the winner of the Most Improved award isn’t as crazy an idea that some make it out to be. But in an award that’s usually driven by narrative (well, that’s every award) and represents for the players who numbers improve statistically instead of true improvement, voting for Durant in this area just seems unprecedented.

It’s good to see Smith own up to his mistake. Hopefully this doesn’t occur more in the future.

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