NEW YORK – The NBA today announced the finalists for six awards that honor top performers for the 2020-21 regular season: NBA Coach of the Year, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Most Improved Player, Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year and Kia NBA Sixth Man.
The three finalists for each annual award, based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, are listed in alphabetical order below:
|NBA Coach of the Year
Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz
|Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
|Kia NBA Most Improved Player
Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons
|Kia NBA Most Valuable Player
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
|Kia NBA Rookie of the Year
LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
|Kia NBA Sixth Man
Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz
TNT will announce the winner of each award during its coverage of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Each voter’s complete ballot for each award will be posted at pr.nba.com after the announcement of all end-of-season awards.