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Croatia’s Dario Šarić Named as NBA Rookie of the Year Award Finalist

Dario Šarić (image: 76ers / Twitter)

The 2017 NBA Awards finalists have been revealed, Including MVP and Rookie of the Year, and there is no surprise that there is a Croatian on the list.

The NBA announced Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Šarić as a finalist for the 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year Award on Friday.

Šarić, who has had an impressive debut season, consistently scoring over 20 points, participated in the Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star Weekend and was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in February and March.

In March, he scored a career-high 32 points in a 117–107 win over the Chicago Bulls. The winner will be announced on 26 June 2017.

Rookie of the Year Finalists
Dario Šarić (PHI)
Joel Embiid (PHI)
Malcolm Brogdon (MIL)

Other NBA Award Finalists

Most Valuable Player
Russell Westbrook (OKC)
James Harden (HOU)
Kawhi Leonard (SAS)

Defensive Player of the Year
Kawhi Leonard (SAS)
Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Draymond Green (GSW)

Sixth Man Award
Eric Gordon (HOU)
Andre Iguodala (GSW)
Lou Williams (HOU)

Most Improved Player
Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Nikola Jokic (DEN)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)

Coach of the Year
Erik Spoelstra (MIA)
Mike D’Antoni (HOU)
Gregg Popovich (SAS)

Handicapping MVP Race
Favorite: Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

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