LeBron, meanwhile, was not even nominated for the MVP despite being the best player on the planet, but at least he was able to vent his frustration over the snub by pelting small children with water balloons. The show will take place at Basketball City in Manhattan, New York and will be broadcast on TNT at 9 p.m. Oklahoma Citys Russell Westbrook, Houstons James Harden and San Antonios Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for MVP of the 2016-17 season. Gordon was a major piece on the Rockets team that kept Houston afloat when its star James Harden was struggling.
The presumptive Most Valuable Player last played a regular-season game on April 12, the NBA's season-finale night. Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game.
I think the players would prefer not to have to go to NY during the time they're generally on vacation recovering from the long season; I can't imagine the two of three in each category who lose are going to enjoy themselves. Live televised coverage of the awards show will be presented through TNT network for viewers in the United States. Dario Saric ended up leading the Sixers to a better record while Malcolm Brogdon was critical for the Bucks' success this season.
After a postseason that lasted for nearly two months, the regular season may feel like a distant memory, but you might remember a furious debate regarding triple-doubles and the definition of "value" that still needs to be settled.
The Coach of the Year finalists are the Rockets' Mike D'Antoni, the Spurs' Gregg Popovich and the Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra. Rudy Gobert made leaps in becoming the best defensive center in the National Basketball Association while Nikola Jokic is arguably the best passing big man in the league today, but they are going to lose to the "Greek Freak" on Monday. The answer is simple: He played in only 62 games during the regular season.
In the Sixth Man Award category it will be Eric Gordon of the Rockets, and teammate Lou Williams, with Andre Iguodala of the Warriors.
For the Most Improved Player award, nominees are Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, who is also contending for the Defensive Player of the Year award against Leonard of the Spurs, and Draymond Green of the Warriors. The All-NBA Team was announced during the 2017 NBA Playoffs.