Selecting 1 Snub From Each Group of 2020 NBA Award Finalists

Jordan Cohn
August 09, 2020 - 11:18 am

The 2020 NBA season has been a wild one, to say the least. However, some things stay the same, whether or not a devastating pandemic is completely turning the game on its head.

One area of consistency: the best of the best stay that way, and the selections of season award finalists reflect that. You can find out every selection here.

Last season, the MVP finalists were Giannis Antetokounmpo (the eventual winner), Paul George and James Harden. Two of those three are returning candidates in the 2020 race, while George has been replaced with another familiar face: LeBron James. The same goes for the Defensive Player of the Year Award, as the 2019 finalists were Antetokounmpo, George and Rudy Gobert, while this season, George was replaced with Anthony Davis as the other two are once again in the running. Sixth Man of the Year finalists in 2019 were Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams and Domantas Sabonis. In 2020, the two Clippers phenoms remain as finalists -- making the "sixth man" seem a little restrictive as to just how deep the Clippers' bench is -- while Sabonis, now a starter, was replaced by Dennis Schroder.

The point is that these groups remain largely undisturbed year after year, while eventually one mainstay is swapped out to a new generation. But this also means that there are several deserving players who unfortunately can't be included in the triumvirate of top choices at the position.

Let's see which players were "snubbed" -- though in some cases, it's truly hard to justify any other choices but the three determined by the panel of voters -- in each major award category.

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