The NBA Awards will take place on June 25, broadcast on TNT, but voting for the awards has long been closed as all media votes are due shortly after the close of the regular season.
Some awards feature some hotly contested debates over who should win, while others have a consensus favorite, but we won’t know for sure until late June who is officially taking home the awards. The MVP race seems all but guaranteed to be won out by James Harden, Victor Oladipo seems like a lock for Most Improved, Lou Williams should take home the Sixth Man Award, and Rudy Gobert is the favorite for Defensive Player of the Year.
The Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year awards, however are much more debatable. Ousted Raptors coach Dwane Casey already took home the award from his peers, but Brad Stevens is expected to take home the media award. The Donovan Mitchell vs. Ben Simmons debate has consumed the NBA world for months, but that will finally be settled (at least, the hardware will be) in June.
On Wednesday night, the league announced the three finalists for all of those awards, with very few surprises among the finalists.