NBA award finalists 2020: MVP, five other major honors announced

first_imgVoting for the awards was based on the games played from the start of the regular season through March 11. The voting did not include any performances from the seeding games, which are currently being played in the NBA bubble in Orlando.MORE: Playoff standings | Schedule | Bubble, explained“The decision to exclude seeding games from awards voting ensures a fair process in which players and coaches from all 30 NBA teams will have the same opportunity to be honored as top performers for the 2019-20 regular season,” said Byron Spruell, NBA president of league operations, in July.An official date to announce the winners of the NBA Awards has not been released. Previous statements from the league said “TNT will announce the award winners during its coverage of the NBA playoffs.” Saturday’s release the language was changed slightly to: “TNT will announce the award winners during its coverage of the season restart.” Who will win the NBA Awards for 2020?The NBA announced its six major annual award finalists for the 2020 season on Saturday. The most important — Most Valuable Player — is led by LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden. The other awards include Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year. NBA award finalistsGiannis Antetokounmpo leads the way with a nomination in MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Rookie of the Year doesn’t have too many surprises, as the two top NBA Draft picks — Zion Williamson and Ja Morant — make an appearance. Interestingly, the Clippers have two players featured in Sixth Man of the Year with Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams.The full finalists breakdown can be viewed below:Most Valuable PlayerGiannis Antetokounmpo, BucksJames Harden, RocketsLeBron James, LakersRookie of the YearJa Morant, GrizzliesKendrick Nunn, HeatZion Williamson, PelicansMost Improved PlayerBam Adebayo, HeatLuka Dončić, MavericksBrandon Ingram, PelicansDefensive Player of the YearGiannis Antetokounmpo, BucksAnthony Davis, LakersRudy Gobert, JazzSixth ManMontrezl Harrell, ClippersDennis Schröder, ThunderLou Williams, ClippersCoach of the YearMike Budenholzer, BucksBilly Donovan, ThunderNick Nurse, Raptorslast_img

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