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2020 NBA Award Finalists: MVP, 5 Extra Main Awards Introduced

Who will win the 2020 NBA Awards?

The NBA announced their top six annual finalists for the 2020 season earlier this month. The most important – most valuable player – is led by LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden. Other awards include Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Coach of the Year.

Voting for the awards was based on the games played from the start of the regular season through March 11th. The vote did not include accomplishments from the seeding games conducted in the bubble of the league at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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“The decision to exclude seeding games from the awards ceremony ensures a fair process that gives players and coaches from all 30 NBA teams an equal chance to be recognized 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 yet been announced. Previous league statements said: “TNT will announce the winners while reporting on the NBA playoffs.”

NBA Award finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads with a nomination for MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Rookie of the Year doesn’t have too many surprises, like the top two 2019 NBA draft picks – Zion Williamson and Yes, Morant – appear. Interestingly, the Clippers have two players in the Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams.

The full breakdown of the finalists can be found below:

Most valuable player

winner

Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo, BucksJames Harden, RocketsLeBron James, Lakers

Beginner of the year

winner

Finalists

Yes Morant, Grizzlies, Kendrick Nunn, HeatZion Williamson, Pelicans

Mostly improved player

winner

Finalists

Bam Adebayo, HeatLuka Dončić, MavericksBrandon Ingram, Pelicans

Defensive Player of the Year

winner

Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo, BucksAnthony Davis, LakersRudy Gobert, Jazz

Sixth man

winner

Finalists

Montrezl Harrell, ClippersDennis Schröder, ThunderLou Williams, Clippers

Coach of the year

winner

Finalists

Mike Budenholzer, BucksBilly Donovan, ThunderNick Nurse, Raptors

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