Finally, the MVP award typically goes to a player on a 50-win team and Harden's Rockets, finishing third in the Western Conference with 55 wins, met that criteria.
The victor will be announced as part of tonight's NBA Awards show on TNT, which will also unveil the winners of other league awards including Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, Houston's James Harden and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for MVP of the 2016-17 season.
Then there's Harden. The Houston Rockets floor general scored just 202 fewer points than Westbrook this season on 408 fewer shot attempts. Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game.
"The rules are that you can't have that conversation until July 1, and you know, when that time comes, we'll sit down, we'll have conversations with him about what that opportunity presents", Presti said Monday at his end-of-season availability. Live televised coverage of the awards show will be presented through TNT network for viewers in the United States.
"Regardless of who wins the award, it feels like the lengthy delay in handing it out - coupled with the historic Finals performances of three non-finalists with MVP-like résumés - will take some of the shine off of it". Westbrook will join Houstons James Harden and San Antonios Kawhi Leonard as finalists for the leagues MVP award. Though he may not be a Rocket next year, he is still one of the best defenders in the league. Dario Saric ended up leading the Sixers to a better record while Malcolm Brogdon was critical for the Bucks' success this season.More news: Nantes receives permission to hire Claudio Ranieri
Will it be Westbrook or Harden or maybe even Leonard that win NBA MVP?
Two Rockets are candidates for the Sixth Man of the Year.
Mike D'Antoni proved everyone wrong by taking a Dwight Howard-less Rockets to the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. How numerous six major award winners (MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach, Sixth Man, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved) from the last five seasons can you name in five minutes? After the end of the regular season, the Golden State Warriors went on a historic 16-1 postseason run to capture the National Basketball Association championship. The All-NBA Team was announced during the 2017 NBA Playoffs.