NBA States Races for the Season’s Specific Trophies Are Over
The NBA’s MVP race is over. So is the fight for each other specific regular-season prize.
The NBA’s MVP race is over. So is the battle for every single other specific regular-season prize.
The league told teams Friday that none of the seeding games will be taken into account for any postseason award, which voting for those honors– such as All-NBA, novice of the year and defensive player of the year– will be completed before the July 30 reboot of the season at Walt Disney World.
Typically, those votes are cast closer to the end of the regular season. So the postseason races are still entering lots of cases, but the specific award goes after are now total.
“The decision to leave out seeding video games from awards voting makes sure a reasonable procedure in which gamers and coaches from all 30 groups will have the same chance to be honored as leading performers for the regular season,” the NBA composed in a memo sent to groups Friday. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the memo.
Only 22 of the league’s 30 groups are taking part in the NBA restart.
The league’s decision– it was not unanticipated– indicates that Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo’s campaign for back-to-back MVP awards technically ended more than 4 months earlier when the season was suspended due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic.
Antetokounmpo won his very first MVP award after balancing 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season. This season, he’s anticipated to be an MVP frontrunner once again with averages of 29.6 points and 13.7 rebounds for the Bucks– who have the league’s finest record.
The NBA’s decision also implies that New Orleans’ Zion Williamson, who has appeared in only 19 games this season, won’t get to make a late push to attempt and catch assumed top-rookie frontrunner Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies.
It’s uncertain if Williamson will even be with the Pelicans for re-opening night on July 30 when they face the Utah Jazz in the first video game at the Disney school. He left the NBA’s so-called bubble Thursday to handle what the team called “an urgent family medical matter,” and the Pelicans stated he intends to return at an unspecified date.
Statistical championships, such as the scoring, rebounding, assist and take titles, are technically up for grabs through completion of the seeding video games in mid-August. The league announced that part of the strategy when the schedules for the eight seeding video games were released last month.
The majority of those stat-trophy races are all-but mathematically chosen. Houston’s James Harden has a commanding lead in the scoring race as he surrounds his 3rd successive title because classification– and ends up being the eighth gamer in NBA history to win the scoring crown in a minimum of 3 straight seasons.
The others who won the scoring title in a minimum of three successive seasons: Michael Jordan (who did it in 2 separate streaks), Wilt Chamberlain, Kevin Durant, George Gervin, Bob McAdoo, Neil Johnston and George Mikan.
Cleveland’s Andre Drummond has a large lead in the race for the rebound title. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers would stay ahead of second-place Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks in the assist-per-game race even if James plays in all 8 seeding games and doesn’t sign up a single help.
If the 35-year-old James wins the assist title, and it would take a mathematical oddity to keep that from taking place, he will be the second-oldest gamer to claim that award. Steve Nash was 37 when he won his last assists crown.
And James is likewise in line to be, without a doubt, the oldest gamer in NBA history to complete a season averaging a minimum of 25 points and 10 helps. That’s taken place only nine other times in the NBA, the last to do so being Russell Westbrook when he was 29 in 2017-18.
The steals race is still uncertain; Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons leads at 2.13 per game, while Chicago’s Kris Dunn– presently in second place– completed his season at 1.98 per video game.