NBA Awards 2022: all known finalists, see you in June to pop the champagne

At midnight, Cinderella’s carriage turned back into a pumpkin, but it was also time to discover the finalists for the 2022 NBA Awards. Three players still in the running for each award, the suspense is coming to an end and we’ll recap it all for you.

Most Valuable Player

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Unsurprisingly, the race for the MVP trophy is reserved for the trio that attracts all the attention of fans and the media. Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo are going to fight a terrible battle at the polls, the latest rumors give the Serb the winner ahead of the Cameroonian and the Greek but we won’t get wet before seeing the result of the vote. We take this opportunity to salute the Devin Booker, Luka Doncic or even Steph Curry, you will have to wait another year to hope to recover the statuette.

Most Improved Player

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Many were able to apply for the prestigious title of MIP but only three remain in the race for the final victory. Exit Miles Bridges, Jordan Poole, Tyrese Maxey or even Desmond Bane, the winner is part of a 100% playmaker trio. If Ja Morant appears to be the big favourite, Darius Garland and Dejounte Murray remain in ambush to replace him with the reward on the gong.

Rookie of the Year

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Another trophy that left no room for doubt. Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes and Cade Cunningham were well above their Draft comrades and they are logically the finalists for the favorite prize of the rookies. Impressive regularity, the interior of the Cavs seems to be the one favored by the forecasts. What make him forget the sad scenario of the play-in tournament.

Defensive Player Of The Year

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Cock-a-doodle Doo ! Rudy Gobert is well positioned to add a fourth DPOY to his personal collection. Enough to bring him into a very select club because only Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace managed to reach the four defensive awards. To achieve this great feat, it will be necessary to get rid of the competition of Marcus Smart and Mikal Bridges. Defensive leaders in Boston and Phoenix, the two exteriors have been real poisons this season again for the best opposing attackers. If we add to that the balance sheets and defensive ratings of the Suns and Celtics, Gobzilla will not have an easy task.

6th Man Of the Year

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We could very well tell you according to the established formula that nothing is settled… but that would be a lie. Despite very good things shown this year, Cameron Johnson and Kevin Love seem a bit far to compete with a Tyler Herro who has struck down all the second units in the League. And we would be really surprised not to see the human torch of the Heat being rewarded.

Coach of the Year

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Many coaches are to be highlighted this season but only three could stay for the final sprint. Unsurprisingly, we find Monty Williams, still elected Coach of the Year by his peers and who destroyed the League with his Suns. Deprived of a large part of his strength this season due to injuries, Erik Spoelstra still managed to lead Miami to first place in the East. Finally, Taylor Jenkins has moved Memphis from play-in team status to second in the NBA, all with Ja Morant missing a quarter of the season. Three different profiles, three coaches who deserve but there can only be one.

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NBA Awards 2022: all known finalists, see you in June to pop the champagne