Much to the chagrin of the AT&T Center denizens who have been clamoring for his candidacy for the past two months, the Spurs' Tony Parker did not win the NBA Most Valuable Player award this season.

As expected, the trophy went to Miami's LeBron James for the third time in four seasons Saturday, making him the eighth player in league history to win at least three.

Parker finished fifth, which is accolade enough.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old Frenchman garnered four first-place votes en route to the highest MVP finish of his career, and the best for any Spurs player since two-time winner Tim Duncan came in fourth in 2004-05.

"He's the reason we've been successful thus far this season," coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's had a wonderful year."