Individual Award Finalists Revealed

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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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