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Everything you need to know for 2019 NBA awards



Note: Six of the awards are voted by the media: MVP, this year's annual championship, this year's Defensive Player of the Year of the year, Sixth Man Award and Most Improved Player. Other awards are this year's management (voted by the league champions), Twyman-Stokes teammate of the year (voted by the players), the NBA Sportsmanship Award (voted by the players), the NBA Cares Community Assist Award (voted by fans and a panel of judges), Lifetime Achievement Award, NBA Hustle Award and Sager Strong Award.

More: Awards Forecast | All-NBA | All-Rookie | All-Defense | Award History


Most Improved Player: Pascal Siakam, Raptors

Statistics and Information: Pascal Siakam increased his points per game by 9.7 points in 2018-19, most of which player who played at least 40 games in every season. Siakam held 39.4 percent opponents as the nearest defender during the 2018-19 season, lowest of any player to face at least 500 shots, per second-spectrum tracking. He is also the first Raptors player to win the prize.

Other Finalists:
The Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets


Happiness of the Year Year: Luka Doncic, Mavericks

Statistics & Info: Luka Doncic is the second Mavericks player in franchise history to win the Rookie of the Year, who joined Jason Kidd, who shared the award with Grant Hill 1994-95. Doncic was the fifth rookie on average 20+ points, 5+ assists and 5 + rebounds in one season – all five won the ROY prize.

Other Finalists:
DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks


The stars hit the red carpet

Most Valuable Players

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] Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden are finalists for the NBA MVP award along with Paul George. Who takes home the hardware?

Finalists:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
James Harden, Houston Rockets


Defensive Player of the Year

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This year's award-winning NBA player is a tight race between Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert and Paul George, who all have highlights for days.

Finalists:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz


Sixth Man

Finalists:
Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers
] Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
Lou Williams, LA Clippers


Coach of the Year

Finalists:
Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets
Doc Rivers, LA Clippers

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