As the NBA season moves closer to its conclusion, the league has recently announced its top three nominees for each of its prestigious awards. Fans across the world have been eagerly waiting for this moment as they finally get to witness the outcome of their favorite players’ hard work and dedication over the past year. Here, we take a look at each of the most significant awards and their finalists and analyze their chances of winning.
For the second year in a row, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and Nikola Jokic are the top three players in the MVP race. Both Giannis and Jokic have already won the award twice, but Joel stands as the favorite this season. The 7-foot center has been outstanding this season, averaging 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists a game, making him a top candidate for the MVP title.
Defensive Player of the Year
Memphis Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr., Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley are the three finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Brook Lopez stands out as the most prominent candidate here, with his impressive defensive skill set and performance this season.
Rookie of the Year
Orlando Magic’s Paolo Banchero, Utah Jazz’s Walker Kessler, and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jalen Williams are the three nominees for the Rookie of the Year award. All three players have been exceptional this season, but Banchero’s overall performance puts him in a better position for winning.
Most Improved Player
New York Knicks’ Jalen Brunson, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Utah Jazz’s Lauri Markkanen are the nominees for the Most Improved Player award. While all three players have shown significant growth this season, Gilgeous-Alexander’s impressive performances and improved stats on both ends of the floor makes him an excellent candidate for the title.
Sixth Man of the Year
Boston Celtics’ Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks’ Bobby Portis Jr., and New York Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley are three strong candidates for the Sixth Man of the Year award. Bobby Portis Jr.’s impressive contributions and impact in the playoffs and his performance this season make him the strongest nominee.
Clutch Player of the Year
Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan, and Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox are prominent nominees for the inaugural Clutch Player of the Year award. All three players have been impressive during clutch moments this season, but Jimmy Butler’s overall performance combined with his clutch moments make him the most deserving candidate.
Coach of the Year
Boston Celtics’ Joe Mazzulla, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Mark Daigneault, and Sacramento Kings’ Mike Brown are the nominees for the Coach of the Year award. While all three coaches have delivered excellent performances this season, Mark Daigneault’s commendable performance in building and developing the Thunder’s young roster put him in an excellent position for the award.
The NBA Finals 2021 promises to bring some excitement and thrill for NBA fans across the world. With some of the best athletes in the world, we are sure to witness some spectacular performances over the next few weeks.
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