NBA Reveals Finalists for 2021-22 Season Awards

Giannis Among Award Finalists

The National Basketball Association has revealed the finalists for all six 2021-22 season awards.

Here they are:

NBA Coach of the Year

Taylor Jenkins, Memphis Grizzlies

Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

Monty Williams, Phoenix Suns

Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns

Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Kia NBA Most Improved Player

Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers

Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year

Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors

Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons

Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers

Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Tyler Herro, Miami Heat

Cam Johnson, Phoenix Suns

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

The award winners will be revealed over the course of the NBA playoffs.

Miami Heat’ guard Tyler Herro is the closest thing to a lock among the finalists.

For what it’s worth, I would have voted for Monty Williams for Coach of the Year, Marcus Smart for Defensive Player of the Year, Jordan Poole (not a finalist) for Most Improved Player, Nikola Jokić for Most Valuable Player, Scottie Barnes for Rookie of the Year, and Tyler Herro for Sixth Man of the Year.

If I had to bet, I’d say the winners will ultimately be Monty Williams for Coach of the Year, Marcus Smart for Defensive Player of the Year, Ja Morant for Most Improved Player, Joel Embiid for Most Valuable Player, Evan Mobley for Rookie of the Year, and Tyler Herro for Sixth Man of the Year.

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