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2017 NBA Awards Finalists Revealed Including MVP, Rookie of the Year
Bob Levey/Getty Images The NBA announced Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets point guard James Harden and San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard as the finalists for the 2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award on Friday.
The league also confirmed the final contenders for the Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year honors on TNT ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 clash between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Let's check out a complete list of finalists for the six coveted individual honors. The winners, as chosen by sportswriters and broadcasters, will be announced as part of the first-ever NBA Awards telecast June 26 on TNT from Basketball City in New York City. 2016-17 NBA Award Finalists 2016–17 NBA Season: Individual Award Finalists Most Valuable Player Team Russell Westbrook OKC James Harden HOU Kawhi Leonard SAS Rookie of the Year Team Dario Saric PHI Joel Embiid PHI Malcolm Brogdon MIL Defensive Player of the Year Team Kawhi Leonard SAS Rudy Gobert UTA Draymond Green GSW Sixth Man Award Team Eric Gordon HOU Andre Iguodala GSW Lou Williams HOU Most Improved Player Team Rudy Gobert UTA Nikola Jokic DEN Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL Coach of the Year Team Erik Spoelstra MIA Mike D'Antoni HOU Gregg Popovich SAS NBA on TNT Announcement Handicapping MVP Race Favorite: Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) Westbrook took on a remarkable burden in Oklahoma City after Kevin Durant opted to bolt for the Golden State Warriors last offseason. The 28-year-old responded with one of the most impressive statistical seasons in decades. He put up 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game to become the first player to average a triple-double for an entire campaign since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62. His scoring total was also enough to lead the NBA by 2.5 points per game over Harden.
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