Two Utah Jazz players and its coach on Wednesday evening were named finalists for NBA end-of-season awards.
After a great deal of discussion and debate throughout the year, Donovan Mitchell was named a finalist for Rookie of the Year, Rudy Gobert for Defensive Player of the Year and Quin Snyder for Coach of the Year, as voted by media.
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Boston’s Jayson Tatum are the other finalists for Rookie of the Year, while Simmons’ teammate Joel Embiid and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis are contenders alongside Gobert. Dwane Casey, who was fired by Toronto, and Boston’s Brad Stevens are the other Coach of the Year nominees.
Finalists for MVP, Sixth Man of the Year and Most Improved Player were also announced as follows:
James Harden, Houston
LeBron James, Cleveland
Anthony Davis, New Orleans
Sixth Man of the Year
Eric Gordon, Houston
Fred VanVleet, Toronto
Lou Williams, LA Clippers
Most Improved Player
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Clint Capela, Houston
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn
The winners will be announced on June 25.
SUMMER LEAGUE SET:The Utah Jazz Summer League will be returning for a fourth season.
The Jazz announced Wednesday morning that it will be joined by three teams for a four-day event July 2-5. Along with Utah, the San Antonio Spurs will make a return appearance, while the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies will participate for the first time.
After the league was played at the Huntsman Center last year because of the renovations taking place at Vivint Arena, it will return to the Jazz’s home this year.
Per the results of Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery, the third and fourth picks of the June 21 draft are slated to participate in the Utah Jazz Summer League, with the Hawks owning the third pick and the Grizzlies the fourth.
Atlanta also owns the 19th and 30th picks of the first round. The Spurs have the 18th pick and Utah has the 21st.
Each team will play in three games over the four days. None will be played on July 4.
A 3on3 Tournament for the community will also be held July 2 across the street from Vivint Arena.
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News