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The finalists for the NBA's major awards are out and it looks like we'll be having fun with some loaded categories this year, including at MVP and Rookie of the Year.
Most of the finalists won't surprise anyone. Of course, it's important to note these awards are voted on during the regular season, but the postseason inevitably colors the perceptions of these players.
Next up is the KIA Most Improved Player Award.
Meanwhile, LeBron will be back on the floor with his Cavaliers teammates on Saturday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena against the Boston Celtics, who lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.
Coach of the Year could be depressing for Raptors fans as Dwane Casey could very well win the award while being unemployed. Stevens' Celtics continued their ascent in the Eastern Conference despite losing Gordon Hayward for almost the entire season and Kyrie Irving in April, while Snyder's Jazz team also made up for a lack of Hayward by rallying to a playoff berth.
Which player was dominated on the defensive end this season? Embiid is a finalist for defensive player of the year along with Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans big man Anthony Davis.
The Rockets' Eric Gordon - the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year - was again named a finalist for the award.