Individual Award Finalists Revealed

NBA Award Finalists Announced 2017

Westbrook, Harden Among 2017 NBA Award Finalists

On Friday evening, the NBA released its finalist for all of its individual award categories.

Just a day after the All-NBA teams were announced, the league confirmed its top three contenders for each of the awards to be announced at its inaugural NBA Awards event on June 26 – An event hosted by Canada’s own rapper and Toronto Raptors’ Global Ambassador Drake.

Least to say, similar to the All-NBA team, there were quite a few snubs, coughLeBronJamescough.

The finalists are as follows:

Rookie of the Year:

  • Dario Saric (PHI)
  • Joel Embiid (PHI)
  • Malcolm Brogdon (MIL)*

Coach of the Year: 

  • Erik Spoelstra (MIA)
  • Mike D’Antoni (HOU)*
  • Gregg Popovich (SAS)

Defensive Player of the Year:

  • Draymond Green (GSW)*
  • Kawhi Leonard (SAS)
  • Rudy Gobert (UTA)

Sixth Man of the Year: 

  • Eric Gordon (HOU)*
  • Lou Williams (HOU)
  • Andre Iguodala (GSW)

Most Improved Player of the Year: 

  • Rudy Gobert (UTA)
  • Nikola Jokic (DEN)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)*

Most Valuable Player of the Year: 

  • Russell Westbrook (OKC)*
  • James Harden (HOU)
  • Kawhi Leonard (SAS)

– Award favourites highlighted with ‘*’


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