With the NBA playoffs in full swing, the 2020-21 season standout numbers are getting some hardware for their accomplishments.
The NBA announces the winners of their top awards through postseason coverage on TNT, naming the MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year.
The vote was conducted by media members and is based on the 2020-21 regular season.
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Who will take home the top awards? And what has each player done to earn recognition during the season? Find out below:
2020-21 NBA awards
Most valuable player
- Stephen Curry, warrior
- Joel Embiid, 76
- Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (winner)
Jokic did exactly the campaign the Nuggets were hoping for when they signed him for a five-year extension of $ 148 million before the start of the 2018-19 season. Jokic filled the statistic with an average of 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. He did all of this while shooting 56.6 percent out of the field and making 92 of 237 attempts from the 3-point distance. By winning the 2020-21 MVP, Jokic became the lowest draft player in NBA history (41st overall in 2014 NBA draft) and the first Nuggets player to win the award.
Beginner of the year
- LaMelo Ball, Hornets
- Anthony Edwards, Timberwolves
- Tyrese Haliburton, Kings
Defensive Player of the Year
- Rudy Gobert, Jazz (winner)
- Draymond Green, warrior
- Ben Simmons, 76
For the third time in his career, Gobert has received the NBA’s highest accolade as a defensive player. Gobert reached a career high with 2.7 blocks per game and in the 2020/21 season he reached his career high with 10.1 for defensive rebounds per game. He also reduced his personal fouls to just 2.3 per game, his lowest rate since the 2014-15 season.
- Jordan Clarkson, Jazz (Winner)
- Joe Ingles, jazz
- Derrick Rose, curtsey
In his first full season with jazz, Clarkson shot the best campaign of his career to help Utah win the No. 1 Western Conference. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Jazz while appearing in 68 competitions – starting from just one – and playing in 26.7 minutes per game.
Mostly improved player
- Jerami Grant, flask
- Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets
- Julius Randle, Knicks (winner)
Randle has continued to cement itself as a staple in New York with a huge 2020-21 season. He averaged the best 24.1 points per game of his career and scored a high score with 10.2 rebounds per game. He also had highs on assists (6.0 per game), free throw success rate (81.1 percent), steals (0.9 per game), and 3-point shot percentage (41.1 percent).
Coach of the year
- Quin Snyder, jazz
- Tom Thibodeau, Knicks (winner)
- Monty Williams, suns
Thibodeau narrowly ousted Williams to receive Coach of the Year award for the second time in his career. He ended the Knicks’ seven-year playoff drought – and gave them their first winning season in as many years – with a 41-31 record and 4th place in the Eastern Conference.