The NBA’s annual performance awards (MVP, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year) will be based upon the regular season games played through March 11, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
The NBA has informed teams that “the decision to exclude seeding games from awards voting ensures a fair process in which players and coaches from all 30 teams will have the same opportunity to be honored.”
The 2019-20 season was suspended on March 11 after Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
Sources: NBA has informed teams: "The decision to exclude seeding games from awards voting ensures a fair process in which players and coaches from all 30 teams will have the same opportunity to be honored…" League will soon announce voting process and plan to announce winners. https://t.co/lTyO11LtFN
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 17, 2020
The NBA is almost back, as the “bubble” games are set to start on July 30 down in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World. A total of 22 teams will play eight seeding games before the 2020 playoffs begin in August.
As for the awards, most pundits believe the MVP will come down between Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who won the MVP in 2019.
Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is expected to win the Rookie of the Year Award, while the other NBA Awards are seemingly up for grabs. It should be fascinating to see which players take home the awards once a 2020 champion is crowned at Disney World.
As it stands, the Bucks have the best record in the NBA, while the Lakers are atop the Western Conference standings.