The 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia is on Monday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. The third annual NBA Awards will take place at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles. The NBA will hand out its biggest awards Monday. Rockets guard James Harden and Bucks star Giannis Anteotkounmpo are the front-runners to take home the MVP while Luka Doncic appears to be the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year. It seems like they’ll be a close race for Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year and the Sixth Man Award, as well.
Here is a complete list of the 2019 NBA award finalist and winners:
- Kia NBA Most Valuable Player – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks – Other Finalists: Paul George, Thunder; James Harden, Rockets
- Kia NBA Rookie of the Year – Luka Doncic, Mavericks – Other finalists: Deandre Ayton, Suns; Trae Young, Hawks
- Kia NBA Sixth Man Award – Lou Williams, Clippers – Other finalists: Montrezl Harrell, Clippers; Domantas Sabonis, Pacers
- Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year – Rudy Gobert, Jazz – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks; Paul George, Thunder
- Kia NBA Most Improved Player – Pascal Siakam, Raptors – De’Aaron Fox, Kings; D’Angelo Russell, Nets
- NBA Coach of the Year – Mike Budenholzer, Bucks – Other finalists: Michael Malone, Nuggets; Doc Rivers, Clippers
- NBA Cares Community Assist Award – Bradley Beal, Wizards – Other finalists: Jarrett Allen, Nets; Mike Conley, Grizzlies; Tobias Harris, 76ers; LeBron James, Lakers; Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers; Khris Middleton, Bucks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Dwight Powell, Mavericks; Pascal Siakam, Raptors
- Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award – Mike Conley, Grizzlies – Other finalists: Steven Adams, Thunder; Jared Dudley, Nets; Channing Frye, Cavaliers; Rudy Gay, Spurs; Udonis Haslem, Heat; Andre Iguodala, Warriors; Kyle Korver, Jazz; Khris Middleton, Bucks; JJ Redick, 76ers; Garrett Temple, Clippers; Thaddeus Young, Pacers
- NBA Sportsmanship Award – Mike Conley, Grizzlies – Other finalists: Steven Adams, Thunder; Harrison Barnes, Kings; Al Horford, Celtics; Khris Middleton, Bucks; Kemba Walker, Hornets
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Larry Bird, Magic Johnson
- Sager Strong Award – Robin Roberts
- NBA Hustle Award – Marcus Smart, Celtics
- NBA Basketball Executive of the Year – Jon Horst, Bucks
- House of Highlights Moment of the Year – Derrick Rose’s 50-point game against the Jazz.
All-NBA First Team
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets
NBA All-Rookie Team
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings
NBA All-Defensive Team
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks
Bulls Introduce Coby White and Daniel Gafford
Knicks Fined $50K For Banning Daily News – The NBA fined the New York Knicks $50,000 on Monday for violating the league’s rules regarding equal access for media by not giving the New York Daily News access to their post-draft news conference on Friday. The rest of the New York media was invited to the news conference to introduce draft picks RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis. “The Knicks acknowledge that we did not comply with the NBA’s media policy and made an error in interpreting Friday’s announcement as an invite-only event,” the team said in a statement. “As we do throughout the year, we have and will continue to provide access to credentialed media as per the league’s policy.” The Professional Basketball Writers condemned Friday’s incident in a statement Saturday, saying it was “unprofessional and unacceptable.” The PBWA said, “James Dolan, the owner of the Knicks franchise, previously has said that barring Daily News employees from media availabilities sends the Daily News ‘a message.’ In reality, the only message he is sending is that he is a bully who retaliates against legitimate news outlets that publish content he dislikes.” It was not the first time the Daily News has been barred from a news conference. In December, after the newspaper ran the headline “Do It” on a story about Dolan potentially selling the team, Daily News columnist Stefan Bondy was not allowed to attend a news conference with Knicks president Steve Mills. When asked by the paper why Bondy was banned, a representative for the team said, “It was invitation only. There is nothing more to add.”
Blazers, Hawks Flip Turner For Bazemore – The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Evan Turner to the Atlanta Hawks for Kent Bazemore, a league source said. Turner, a former No. 2 overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers, spent the past three seasons with the Blazers. Bazemore has been with Atlanta for the past five seasons, making him the longest-tenured current Hawk before the trade. At 29 years old, Bazemore had been the third-oldest member of the Hawks behind Vince Carter (42) and Miles Plumlee (30). Bazemore started 35 of the 67 games in which he played last season, averaging 11.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 32.0 percent from 3-point range in his seventh NBA season. Turner averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists while playing almost exclusively as a reserve. His 21.2 percent shooting from behind the arc was the worst of his nine-year, four-team career. Both wing players are headed into the final year of their respective four-year deals. Doesn’t make much sense to me. They do the same things, they are interchangable.
Kawhi Leonard Declines Contract Option – In a widely expected move, Kawhi Leonard will decline his 2019-20 player option with the Toronto Raptors to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. However, Haynes noted that Leonard is “believed to be seriously considering re-signing with the Raptors.” Leonard would have earned roughly $21.3 million in 2019-20 had he exercised the option. But even if he intends to return to the Raptors, opting out was a no-brainer for the three-time All-Star. The Raptors can offer him a five-year, $189.7 million max extension, while other teams can’t give him more than a four-year, $140.6 million contract. Leonard also may prefer to take the LeBron James and Kevin Durant approach, where he signs a short-term deal that would allow him to opt out again in a year or two. Doing so would allow him to ink an even heftier max contract in 2021 or beyond. Either way, the 27-year-old had no reason to see out the remainder of his old contract. Now the question becomes whether he stays in Toronto or bolts after one season north of the border.
Lakers OK’d To Talk With Warriors’ Ron Adams – The Los Angeles Lakers have received permission from Golden State to talk to assistant Ron Adams about a role on Frank Vogel’s staff, league sources tell ESPN. It is unclear Adams’ level of interest in the Lakers’ position, but they could make the case more compelling with a significant financial offer. The Lakers want to put together an experienced coaching staff, and the current group already includes former head coaches Lionel Hollins and Jason Kidd as assistants. Adams, considered one of the top assistants in the NBA, just finished his fifth season on Steve Kerr‘s staff and 25th season overall as an NBA assistant coach.
Heat Center Hassan Whiteside Picks Up $27.1M Option – Hassan Whiteside is not leaving the final year of his Miami Heat deal on the table. A person with knowledge of the situation said Friday that Whiteside is exercising his $27.1 million option for next season in Miami. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Heat nor Whiteside announced the decision publicly. The move was not a surprise. It’ll be the final year of Whiteside’s four-year, $98 million contract with the Miami, and the salary he’ll command next season will keep him as the highest-paid player on the Heat roster. Whiteside averaged 12.3 points and a team-best 11.3 rebounds last season, appearing in 72 games and starting 53 of those. He also averaged only 23 minutes per game, and at times expressed his displeasure about not having a larger role. “He’s going to come to training camp like everybody else this year and earn it,” Heat President Pat Riley said Friday, several hours before the option was exercised. For his career, Whiteside has averaged 13.4 points and 11.4 rebounds over parts of seven seasons with Miami and Sacramento. He led the NBA in blocks per game in the 2015-16 season, then led the league in rebounds per game the following season. He’s third on Miami’s all-time blocks list behind Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade, and fifth on the team’s all-time rebound list behind Udonis Haslem, Mourning, Rony Seikaly and Wade.