Harden, Giannis, George Named MVP Finalists

Defending champion James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George are the finalists for this season’s Most Valuable Player award, the league announced in a press release.

The voting is expected to be close between Harden, who averaged 36.1 PPG and 7.5 APG during the regular season, and Antetokounmpo, who carried the Bucks to the best record in the league while averaging 27.7 PPG, 12.5 RPG and 5.9 APG. George averaged 28.0 PPG, 8.2 RPG and 4.1 APG.

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The league also released the finalists for its other awards. The winners will be revealed during a TNT broadcast on Monday, June 24. Here are the rest of the finalists:

Rookie of the Year:

Sixth Man of the Year:

Defensive Player of the Year:

Most Improved Player:

Coach of the Year:

  • Mike Budenholzer (Bucks)
  • Michael Malone (Nuggets)
  • Doc Rivers (Clippers)
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23 thoughts on “Harden, Giannis, George Named MVP Finalists

  1. Theone23

    Giannis for MVP. Luka ROTY. Montreal edges out Lou for 6 man. Rudy for DPOY. Siakam MIP. Budenholzer coach of the year over Doc

    • DuffManCometh

      It is close, because Milwaukee was a .500 team last year and they gained nearly 20 wins with a new coach. Denver also improved so whoever wins is a deserving candidate.

      • sorayablue

        True that they are all deserving candidates. However, Doc did some voodoo magic to get the Clippers into the playoffs (in the west, no less) even after his top offensive player was traded away. But, you are correct that they all did great jobs this year.

  2. TJECK109

    I think George just showed Westbrook that you don’t need a triple double a night

  3. I totally agree with the finalist for ROY, sixth man & COY… but not with the others.
    MVP — Giannis, AD, Harden.
    DPOY — Giannis, Embiid, PG13
    MIP — Embiid, Beal, Giannis.
    MVP — Giannis
    ROY — Ayton
    DPOY — Giannis/Embiid (shared)
    6th man — Sabonis
    MIP —- Embiid
    COY — Budenholzer/Malone (shared)

      • As far as I can see his team gave up on him by not playing him… what on earth do you get that he gave up? He wanted to play!!! If it wasn’t for what the Pels did to him he would be the MVP… now he is my #2 still ahead of Harden… but behind Giannis.

  4. Harden carried the Rockets all year and hit numbers not seen in years. Giannis is a great players but his PPG is over 8 less than Harden! Not sure why this is even close except for the haters.

  5. x%sure

    With the playoffs on and the draft lottery and so many trades & signings likely, these awards don’t seem as important as it did during the season! But in theory it is probably good to be able to include playoff results in a voter’s thinking. And I’m sure many voters have already decided.

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