Curry, Jokic and Embiid are finalists for NBA MVP award – Manila bulletin
Stephen Curry will seek his third award and Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid are aiming for their first careers after the NBA announced its three MVP finalists on Thursday.
Golden State Warriors All-Star Curry is hoping to add to the MVP accolades he won in 2015 and 2016, while Philadelphia 76ers big man Embiid or Denver Nuggets Jokic could become the first center since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 to earn that honor.
If they finish 1-2, Serbian Jokic and Cameroonian Embiid would become the first international players to do so since 2006-07 when Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki won the award and Canada’s Steve Nash finished second.
The league also announced its finalists for its five other regular season awards: Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man.
Curry has led the league in a number of scoring categories and set Warriors franchise records. He became the oldest player to lead the league scoring since Michael Jordan, averaging 32 points per game. He also led the league in three points and climbed to second place all-time in three points.
Curry also broke the Warriors all-time record for scores and assists.
Jokic is considered by some to be the favorite for the league’s highest individual honor. He had one of the best offensive seasons in NBA history, averaging 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists. Jokic also shoots 38% from three points and 86% from the foul line.
The Sixers compiled the best record in the East thanks to Embiid’s career best season. He’s averaging 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds per game.
Coach of the Year will be chosen from Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz, Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks and Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns. Thibodeau won it in 2011 and now has a repeat chance 10 years later.
Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Golden State’s Draymond Green and 76ers Ben Simmons are the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year, an award Gobert has won twice. Green claimed it four years ago.
The Rookie of the Year finalists are LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets, Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Tyrese Haliburton of the Sacramento Kings.
And the sixth man finalists for the first reserve are Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles of Jazz and Derrick Rose of New York.
The three nominees for each annual award are based on the vote of a global panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
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