NBA announces finalists for 2019 season awards

Giannis Antetokounmpo (left), Paul George (center) and James Harden are finalists for the 2019 NBA MVP award.

The NBA announced its finalists for the 2018-19 season’s year-end awards Friday night.

Three players for reach of the league’s coveted awards were announced, with the winners set to be revealed at the NBA’s third annual dedicated league awards show June 24 in Los Angeles.

Fans will have approximately 40 days to kick around the merits of the finalists for the awards, which are:

Most Valuable Player
* Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
* Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
* James Harden, Houston Rockets

Rookie of the Year
* Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
* Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
* Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Defensive Player of the Year
* Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
* Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
* Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Most Improved Player
* De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
* D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
* Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

Coach of the Year
* Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
* Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets
* Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers