The finalists for the 2016-17 regular season awards for the NBA are out, and the Wizards two best chances -- John Wall and Bradley Beal -- aren't included which isn't a surprise.
On Friday, the league revealed the top three vote-getters in six categories from a panel of 100 media members who cover it:
MVP: Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, James Harden
Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric
Sixth Man: Andre Igoudala, Lou Williams, Eric Gordon
Defensive Player of the Year: Leonard, Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert
Most Improved Player: Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic
Coach of the Year: Erik Spoelstra, Mike D'Antoni, Gregg Popovich
The winners will be announced during NBA Awards on TNT on June 26 in New York.
Beal was a longshot to make the final cut for Most Improved but given he was overlooked for his first All-Star appearance his exclusion was to be expected. Plus, it's a deep field and the three who did make it are extremely worthy.
Wall was a longshot in the MVP voting for similar reasons. Both could finish in the top five when the totals are released by the NBA but it does position both better for 2017-18.
Other categories included in the voting will be All-Rookie Team and All-Defensive Team, the latter of which there's an outside chance Beal or Wall could sneak into the mix. Others to be given that weren't part of the media voting are Basketball Executive of the Year, Teammate of the Year, Sportsmanship and the Seasonlong Community Assist Award also will be chosen.
Wall was named third-team All NBA earlier this week which also was part of the media voting. That was released early so teams can brace for the salary-cap implications.
Last year, Wall won the Seasonlong Communitry Assist Award.