Finalists Unveiled for First-Ever NBA Awards on TNT

Winners to be Presented Monday, June 26, at 9 p.m. ET

Finalists for the 2017 NBA Awards on TNT were unveiled during tonight's special 90-minute pregame show, with winners to be announced during the inaugural NBA Awards on TNT – hosted by Drake from Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York – Monday, June 26, at 9 p.m. ET. Award finalists:

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player: James Harden (HOU), Kawhi Leonard (SA) & Russell Westbrook (OKC)

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon (MIL), Joel Embiid (PHI) & Dario Saric (PHI)

Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert (UTA), Draymond Green (GS), Kawhi Leonard (SA)

Kia NBA Sixth Man Award: Eric Gordon (HOU), Andre Iguodala (GS) & Lou Williams (HOU)

Kia NBA Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Rudy Gobert (UTA) & Nikola Jokić (DEN)

NBA Coach of the Year: Mike D'Antoni (HOU), Gregg Popovich (SA) & Erik Spoelstra (MIA)

Most Improved Shaquille O'Neal explains why Giannis Antetokounmpo is his Most Improved Player

Most Improved

Shaquille O'Neal explains why Giannis Antetokounmpo is his Most Improved Player

Most Valuable Player Shaq & Kenny Smith on why Russell Westbrook's historic season makes him MVP

Most Valuable Player

Shaq & Kenny Smith on why Russell Westbrook's historic season makes him MVP

Rookie of the Year Charles Barkley & Shaq discuss the finalists for Rookie of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Charles Barkley & Shaq discuss the finalists for Rookie of the Year

"This is the toughest award for me. I have a tough time going against Kawhi Leonard, just because of his ability to play out on the perimeter... This guy is getting me steals and everything." - Charles Barkley on Kawhi Leonard and Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year
"There’s a difference between being great, and being historic. Russell Westbrook had a historic NBA season. That’s what separated him in my estimation." - Kenny Smith on Kenny Smith on the Kia NBA MVP and Russell Westbrook’s historic season
"[Mike] D’Antoni had a great year. [The Rockets had] 14 more wins than last year. [D’Antoni also] did a great job handling James Harden. But, [Gregg Popovich’s] system, nobody beats that system. [You can give it to ‘Pop’] Every year." - Shaquille O'Neal on the Coach of the Year candidates