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NBA Awards to Be Decided on Games Played Pre-Coronavirus Hiatus

For those who were hoping to see a monstrous Zion Williamson comeback in the Rookie of the Year race will be left disappointed.

According to the NBA, the race for the annual awards concluded as of March 11, when the league suspended play due to the coronavirus outbreak. Due to the circumstances of the NBA re-start, the league felt it was best to put a cap on the race, subsequently ending Williamson’s bid to hoist the Rookie of the Year Award.

“The decision to exclude seeding games from awards voting ensures a fair process in which players and coaches from all 30 teams will have the same opportunity to be honoured,” the NBA said in a note to teams, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The NBA will also hand out the Most Valuable Player, Sixth Man, Defensive Player, Most Improved Player, and Coach of the Year award at a later date. In the last couple of years, the NBA held an award’s night in late June following the conclusion of the NBA Finals, but due to the ongoing global pandemic, this year’s affairs may be cancelled or at the very least, postponed.

As we await this year’s finalists for each award, BallnRoll has decided to make some early predictions on the finalists and who shall take home this year’s hardware.

Sixth Man of the Year 

  • Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Dennis Schroder, Oklahoma City Thunder – Winner
  • Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers

Coach of the Year 

  • Nick Nurse, Toronto Raptors – Winner
  • Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City Thunder

Most Improved Player of the Year 

  • Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat – Winner
  • Devonte Graham, Charlotte Hornets
  • Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans

Rookie of the Year 

  • Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies – Winner
  • Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat

Defensive Player of the Year 

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks – Winner
  • Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Most Valuable Player

  • LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks – Winner
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets

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