When it comes to awards shortlist, there is always that one player deserving of the award. The NBA awards shortlist have brought mixed reactions among Basketball fans across the globe.
Cleveland Cavaliers Darius Garland had a splendid Regular Season as he was voted Most Improved Player by just one single point. The Cavs man only finished with just 2 first-place votes, compared to Ja Morant with 7 first-place votes, but the Cleveland Cavaliers guard carried the second and third-place votes, ultimately giving him more total voting points than Morant.
Voting process working as follows:
5 points for every first-place vote
3 points for every second-place vote
1 point for every third-place vote
While the Cleveland Cavaliers season concluded before they were able to reach the NBA Playoffs via the Play-In Tournament, Garland still had an incredible year, averaging 21.7 points, 8.6 assists and shooting 38.3% from three-point range.
For the Defensive Player of the Year, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart won the award, somewhat deservedly, but few believe Rudy Gobert is the best Defensive Player in the league and should have gotten it ahead of Smart.
The Coach of the year nomination couldn’t bring smiles on the faces of Celtics fans as Ime Udoka who is leading the success story of the team this season “shockingly”didn’t make the 3-man shortlist.
Memphis Grizzlies’ Taylor Jenkins, Erik Spoelstra of Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns’ Monty Williams made the list.
After winning his first MVP last season, Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid and reigning NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo made the shortlist for MVP of the year.
Embiid is the only one out of the three who is yet to win the MVP award.