The NBA has finally announced their finalists for June 24th NBA Awards ceremony. You may recall that the annual awards for MVP, Sixth Man, Defensive Player, et al used to be announced and then handed out with little fanfare to the recipient in his most convenient location.
Since Adam Silver took over, the awards has taken on the excitement of a pageant with the focus on the talent portion (and thankfully without a swimsuit competition).
This week Pounders will have a chance to participate in a PtR version voting. Each day, we will include an additional category. Feel free to vote for one of the finalists, add in your own “fourth” candidate, or go “Spurs only” in the comments.
Without further ado, here we go.
Kia NBA Most Valuable Player
Last year’s recipient, Houston Rocket’s James Harden has continued his solo tirade over the NBA. Last year, he was one game away from leading his squad into the NBA Finals. This year, the Rockets fell short again. But don’t blame The Beard, as Harden added an impressive 5.7 points to last season’s 30.4 giving him an average of 36.1 points per game.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have kept their playoff hopes alive with the leadership of Giannis Antetokounmpo whose presence can be felt at both ends of the court. The twenty-four-year-old “Greek Freak” averages a double-double with 27.7 points per game and 12.5 boards while adding just under 6 assists per game.
Rounding out the category is OKC’s Paul George. Hard to see George as an MVP if you consider the Thunder to be Russell Westbrook’s team, but George had impressive career high numbers: 28 ppg, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and a league-leading 2.2 steals per game.
Who gets your vote for MVP?
This poll is closed
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
James Harden, Houston Rockets
None of these, I’ll add my choice in the comments.
And finally, who is your vote for MVP of the 2018-19 San Antonio Spurs?
Tomorrow: Kia NBA Rookie of the Year
The 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia will take place on Monday, June 24th at 8:00 p.m. CST on TNT. This third annual edition takes place in Los Angeles.
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