Three Jazz players and head coach Quin Snyder were named among the finalists for one of the NBA’s six annual awards.
Snyder was named one of the finalists for the league’s Coach of the Year trophy, along with New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau and Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams.
Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert is considered the favorite for the Defensive Player of the Year award, with Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Golden State’s Draymond Green the other finalists for the nomination. The award would be Gobert’s third, were he to win it.
The Jazz, unusually, have two finalists in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. Both Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson are finalists, along with New York’s Derrick Rose.
There are three categories with no Jazz finalist. For Most Valuable Player, Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Golden State’s Steph Curry are the top-three candidates; for Most Improved Player, it’s Detroit’s Jerami Grant, Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. and New York’s Julius Randle. In the Rookie of the Year voting, voters selected Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards and Sacramento’s Tyrese Haliburton as the finalists.
The awards are voted on by a panel of 100 NBA media members. The winner of each award will be announced throughout the playoffs on TNT during its coverage.