National Basketball Association announces seeding games will not impact end-of-season awards

Paola Ditto
Luglio 19, 2020

The league traditionally announces its MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Most Improved Player, and other individual honors weeks after the end of The Finals.

No player will be able to make a late push for the MVP Award in the bubble.

"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 as top performers for the regular season", the National Basketball Association said in a memo obtained by AP.

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies is the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year honors, with No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans trying to catch up to him.

It's not clear how the league intends to enforce the mandate. Media and fans alike have wondered whether the eight seeding games that will be contested in Orlando should and would have any impact on how the votes and awards are handled, and it turns out that the league took matters into its own hands. Unless the voting is tallied before the National Basketball Association restart, there will be no way to remove the influence of the remaining games in voters' decisions, whether conscious or not. Postseason performances aren't considered in the voting process. If it truly wants to remove the bubble games from the mix, those ballots need to be ready soon.

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