HOUSTON, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass brand ambassador Kevin Durant will take to the court tonight in the second round of the NBA Playoffs with a brand-new honorific: the 2013-2014 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player.
The MVP award announced Tuesday is Durant's first.
"Congratulations to Kevin for a phenomenal season," said BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez. "It's an honor to be aligned with such a role model. His remarkable strengths — skill, teamwork and dedication — are why we put him front and center in our efforts to connect with NBA fans."
Durant has been a brand ambassador for BBVA Compass, Official Bank of the NBA, since last year. He starred in its ad campaign, "Anywhere Banking," as an example of simplicity, humility and dedication. He also was the face of NBA Banking, BBVA Compass' first all-digital account.Durant's scoring average made him this season's biggest standout. He averaged a career-high 32 points per game, with 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists. He shot .503 from the field, .391 from three-point range, and .873 from the free throw line, leading all players in free throws made (703) and attempted (805). Durant put up two 50-point games, topped the 40-point mark on 14 occasions, and turned in 17 games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. The regular season MVP is the annual award given by the NBA to the best player in the league. The votes are compiled from sports journalists, radio and television announcers and analysts in the United States and Canada. Durant racked up 1,232 total points, with 119 first-place votes. Another BBVA brand ambassador, the Houston Rockets' James Harden, landed in the top five with 85 total points. About BBVA Group BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at www.bbva.com . About BBVA Compass BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 684 branches, including 352 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting newsroom.bbvacompass.com. Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, Member FDIC. SOURCE BBVA Compass