NBA award finalists 2021: Full list of candidates for MVP, Rookie of the Year and more

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Which players will win the most prestigious awards for the 2020-21 NBA season?

The league announced the finalists for six individual awards during Thursday night’s “NBA on TNT” pregame show. The races are down to three candidates for the following honors: Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year.

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Finalists were chosen based on voting results from a global panel of media members, which includes both broadcasters and writers. Winners will be announced throughout the 2021 NBA playoffs.

Check out the full list of finalists below:

(Note: Voters submitted their ballots prior the start of the play-in tournament and NBA playoffs.)

Most Valuable Player


  • Stephen Curry, Warriors
  • Joel Embiid, 76ers
  • Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

Rookie of the Year


  • LaMelo Ball, Hornets
  • Anthony Edwards, Timberwolves
  • Tyrese Haliburton, Kings

Defensive Player of the Year


  • Rudy Gobert, Jazz
  • Draymond Green, Warriors
  • Ben Simmons, 76ers

Sixth Man


  • Jordan Clarkson, Jazz
  • Joe Ingles, Jazz
  • Derrick Rose, Knicks

Most Improved Player


  • Jerami Grant, Pistons
  • Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets
  • Julius Randle, Knicks

Coach of the Year


  • Quin Snyder, Jazz
  • Tom Thibodeau, Knicks
  • Monty Williams, Suns

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