Rudy Gobert, Naz Reid and Chris Finch are among the NBA Awards finalists

The Minnesota Timberwolves are represented in three categories in the NBA Awards for the 2023-2024 season, the finalists of which were announced on Sunday evening.

Rudy Gobert is a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, Naz Reid is a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year, while head coach Chris Finch is in the running for Coach of the Year.

Gobert is the heavy favorite to be named DPOY for the fourth time after leading the Wolves to the best defense in the NBA during the regular season. Also nominated as finalists are Spurs phenom Victor Wembanyama – the favorite to be named Rookie of the Year – and Magic’s Bam Adebayo.

Reid is also the favorite to be named Sixth Man of the Year in a season in which he averaged 13.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, even though he was a starter due to Karl-Antonius Steden’s injury.

He was expected to be in a tight race with the Sacramento Kings’ Malik Monk, but he suffered a season-ending injury, which – coupled with Reid’s form improving even more after taking on the injured Karl replacing Anthony Towns as starter – tipped the scales even further in Reid’s favor. Bobby Portis, Jr. of the Milwaukee Bucks is the other nominated player.

Chris Finch just got rewarded for a year in which his team improved from a play-in spot last year to this season’s No. 3 seed. If the Wolves had overhauled the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 1 seed on the final day, it’s entirely possible he would have gotten the nod. As it stands, expect Thunder’s Mark Daigneault to win, while Magic’s Jamahl Mosley is the other nominee.