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

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.

Voting 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.

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“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.”

NBA award finalists

Giannis 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 Player

Winner

Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo, BucksJames Harden, RocketsLeBron James, Lakers

Rookie of the Year

Winner

Finalists

Ja Morant, GrizzliesKendrick Nunn, HeatZion Williamson, Pelicans

Most 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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