NBA award finalists: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic up for MVP

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The 2021-22 NBA awards all are close contests after the league announced the finalists for the six major awards on Sunday.

As expected, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic are vying for MVP, while the Rookie of the Year has been close all season between three talented rookies.

Here are the finalists for each award.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid are finalists for the NBA MVP award. Denver's Nikola Jokic, not pictured, is the third finalist. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid are finalists for the NBA MVP award. Denver's Nikola Jokic, not pictured, is the third finalist. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

MVP

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Defensive Player of the Year

Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns

Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Rookie of the Year

Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors

Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons

Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers

Most Improved Player

Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers

Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs

Sixth Man of the Year

Tyler Herro, Miami Heat

Cam Johnson, Phoenix Suns

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

Coach of the Year

Taylor Jenkins, Memphis Grizzlies

Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

Monty Williams, Phoenix Suns

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