Every year, the NBA recognizes the most talented and most skilled players in the league with the most prestigious awards in different categories. This season, we have seen a lot of athletes play their best and have a break-out year.

Follow us as we take a look into which players are the top three (3) frontrunners in each category.

  • Most Valuable Player
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Most Improved Player
  • Coach of the Year
  • Scoring Champion

KIA Most Valuable Player of the Year (MVP)

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  • Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) – 27.1 PPG, 7.9 APG, 13.8 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 58% FG, 33.7% 3P FG, 33.01 PER, Nuggets @ 48 W-33 L
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) – 29.9 PPG, 5.8 APG, 11.6 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.4 BPG, 55.3% FG, 29.3% 3P FG, 32.39 PER, Bucks @ 51 W-30 L
  • Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) – 30.6 PPG, 4.2 APG, 11.7 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 49.0 % FG, 33.8% 3P FG, 31.04 PER, Sixers @ 50 W-31 L

Defensive Player of the Year (DPoY)

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) – 11.6 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.4 BPG, 107.9 Def Rating, Milwaukee Bucks is No.5 in Defensive Rating
  • Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) – 14.7 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 2.1 BPG, 105.2 Def Rating, Utah Jazz is No.9 in Defensive Rating
  • Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns) – 4.3 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 106.9 Def Rating, Phoenix Suns is No.1 in Defensive Rating

Rookie of the Year (RoY)

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  • Evan Mobley (Cleveland Cavaliers) – 14.9 PPG, 2.5 APG, 8.2 RPG, 1,6 BPG, 50.7% FG, 25.0% 3P FG, 16.11 PER, Cavaliers @ 43 W-38 L
  • Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons) – 17.4 PPG, 5.6 APG, 5.5 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 41.6% FG, 31.4% 3P FG, 13.24 PER, Pistons @ 23 W – 58 L
  • Scottie Barnes (Toronto Raptors) – 15.4 PPG, 3.4 APG, 7.6 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 49.2% FG, 29.8% 3P FG, 16.53 PER, Raptors @ 48 W-33 L

Most Improved Player (MIP)

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  • Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers) – 21.8 PPG, 8.6 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 19.41 PER, All-Star Reserve
  • Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) – 27.4 PPG, 6.7 APG, 5.7 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 24.61 PER, All-Star Starter, MVP Frontrunner
  • Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs) – 21.2 PPG, 9.3 APG, 8.4 RPG, 22.41 PER, All-Star Reserve

Coach of the Year (CoY)

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  • Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns) – 64-17 Record (Best in the West)
  • Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) – 53-28 Record (Best in the East)
  • Taylor Jenkins (Memphis Grizzlies) – 46-25 (2nd in the West)

Scoring Champion

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  • Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) – 30.6 PPG
  • LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) – 30.3 PPG
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) – 29.9 PPG

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