Lower than every week after being fired by the Toronto Raptors, Dwane Casey was named a finalist for NBA’s coach of the 12 months.
The 61-year-old was the most profitable coach in Raptors historical past, and Toronto rewrote the franchise document guide this previous regular-season, successful 59 video games and incomes the No. 1 seed in the Japanese Convention for the first time.
Toronto basic supervisor Masai Ujiri instructed Casey his seven-year tenure with the group was over final Friday, which was the value paid for being swept by Cleveland in the second spherical of the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Utah’s Quin Snyder and Boston’s Brad Stevens are the different finalists.
Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA’s MVP award.
Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, together with final 12 months when Russell Westbrook received. James has received the MVP award 4 occasions.
The three finalists for the particular person awards had been introduced Wednesday. The winners can be introduced on June 25 in Santa Monica, California throughout the NBA Awards present.
Davis was additionally a finalist for Defensive Participant of the 12 months, together with Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia centre Joel Embiid.
The opposite finalists:
Rookie of the 12 months
Donovan Mitchell, Utah
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia
Jayson Tatum, Boston
Eric Gordon, Houston
Fred VanVleet, Toronto
Lou Williams, Clippers
Most Improved Participant
Clint Capela, Houston
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn
Victor Oladipo, Indiana