Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George finalists for NBA MVP and defensive award

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George finalists for NBA MVP and defensive award

Two Clippers players, forward Montrezl Harrell and guard Lou Williams, are up for Sixth Man Award, along with Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis. Although the awards have already been voted on by a panel of media members, those two categories were highly competitive. Antetokounmpo and George were both listed as finalists for NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Gobert is the reigning victor of the award, having earned a majority of the vote for an effective if injury-shortened campaign in 2017-18.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George is among the finalists for the 2018-19 NBA Most Valuable Player award and the Defensive Player of the Year award, the NBA announced Friday night.

The Milwaukee Bucks' meteoric rise to the top of the NBA has led to their head coach being named a finalist for Coach of the Year, one of numerous finalist nods for the NBA Awards coming up this summer.

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Giannis averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 57.8 percent shooting, all of which were career-best marks.

The NBA MVP race had always been viewed as a two-way competition between Harden and Antetokounmpo. He spent most of this season with the Mavericks G League affiliate, but he did appear in two National Basketball Association games in March. Antetokounmpo placed 10th in blocks and second in defensive rating. Oklahoma City was eliminated in the first round as George struggled with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery. The third annual NBA Awards will take place at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

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