Giannis, Harden, Paul George all finalists for MVP
Antetokounmpo, the only player out of the three whose team is still competing in the postseason, led the Bucks to a league-best 60 wins, ranked third in the league in scoring (27.1 points), sixth in rebounds (12.5) and 10th in blocked shots (1.5) per game.
George led the league in steals (2.2), while putting up career numbers in points (28.0), rebounds (8.2) and assists (4.1) per game. Antetokounmpo and George were also announced as finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, joining last year’s winner, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, in the top three.
The league announced the finalists for all six annual awards, based on voting results from a global panel of print and television media, prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Bucks and the Toronto Raptors.
Rounding out the rest of the awards finalists are:
• The Denver Nuggets’ Mike Malone joining two former Coach of the Year winners in Mike Budenholzer of the Bucks and Doc Rivers of the Clippers
The award winners will be revealed at the league’s annual awards show on June 24, hosted by Shaquille O’Neal in Los Angeles.