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Sport NBA awards: Chris Haynes reveals his 2020-21 selections

05:16  19 may  2021
05:16  19 may  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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My end-of-season NBA awards ballot was submitted Monday night.

Ahead of the league making the ballots of select media members public at the end of the playoffs, I'm revealing my entire ballot for Yahoo Sports. There were 13 different categories from MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year, among others. Read through the selections and dissect my picks.

Winners of the awards will be announced throughout the playoffs.

a person on a basketball court: Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was Chris Haynes' selection for MVP. (Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was Chris Haynes' selection for MVP. (Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports)

Most Valuable Player:

1. Nikola Jokic

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2. Joel Embiid

3. Chris Paul

4. Damian Lillard

5. Stephen Curry

Most Improved Player:

1. Jerami Grant

2. Michael Porter Jr.

3. Chris Boucher

Defensive Player of the Year:

1. Rudy Gobert

2. Ben Simmons

3. Jrue Holiday

Sixth Man:

1. Jordan Clarkson

2. Enes Kanter

3. Chris Boucher

Morris Almond on a court with a racket: Anthony Edwards averaged 23.8 points after the All-Star break. (Harrison Barden/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Anthony Edwards averaged 23.8 points after the All-Star break. (Harrison Barden/Getty Images)

Rookie of the Year:

1. Anthony Edwards

2. LaMelo Ball

3. Tyrese Haliburton

Coach of the Year:

1. Monty Williams

2. Tom Thibodeau

3. Quin Snyder

First-Team All-Rookie

Anthony Edwards

LaMelo Ball

Tyrese Haliburton

Immanuel Quickley

Saddiq Bey

Second-Team All-Rookie

Isaac Okoro

Jae'Sean Tate

James Wiseman

Cole Anthony

Theo Maledon

Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert are posing for a picture: Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was one of the league's top shot blockers this season. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was one of the league's top shot blockers this season. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

First-Team All-Defense

Bam Adebayo

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Draymond Green

Rudy Gobert

Ben Simmons

Jrue Holiday

Second-Team All-Defense

Robert Covington

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Matisse Thybulle

Jimmy Butler

Joel Embiid

Giannis Antetokounmpo et al. playing a game of football: Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 28.1 points this season for the Milwaukee Bucks. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 28.1 points this season for the Milwaukee Bucks. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

First-Team All-NBA Team

Forward: Joel Embiid

Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Center: Nikola Jokic

Guard: Damian Lillard

Guard: Chris Paul

Second-Team All-NBA Team

Forward: Jayson Tatum

Forward: Bam Adebayo

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Center: Rudy Gobert

Guard: Luka Doncic

Guard: Stephen Curry

Third-Team All-NBA Team

Forward: Julius Randle

Forward: Kawhi Leonard

Center: Nikola Vucevic

Guard: Bradley Beal

Guard: Russell Westbrook

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