When Are NBA Awards Announced? (NBA Award Show Date, Schedule, Favorites)

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is applauded by his teammates and fans after winning the 2021 NBA MVP. Jokic is the favorite to win again in 2022.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is applauded by his teammates and fans after winning the 2021 NBA MVP. Jokic is the favorite to win again in 2022. / Dustin Bradford/GettyImages

Holding a Nikola Jokic MVP ticket? What about Evan Mobley or Scottie Barnes for Rookie of the Year?

Now that the NBA regular season has come to an end, many bettors are anxiously awaiting the results of their preseason or in-season futures bets for the NBA awards.

Monday, April 11 is the final day that NBA media members can submit their ballots for the following league awards.

  • Most Valuable Player
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Smart
  • Rookie of the Year: Scottie Barnes
  • Coach of the Year: Monty Williams
  • Sixth Man of the Year
  • Most Improved Player: Ja Morant
  • Executive of the Year

So when can we expect to find out the results?

Here's all the dates you need to know heading into the league's postseason.

When is the NBA Awards Show Date?

As of the start of the 2022 NBA postseason, the league has not announced a definitive timetable for when the NBA awards will be given out. It is likely expected in June, some time during or after the NBA Finals, and before the NBA Draft.

Over the past three seasons, the dates have ranged for the postseason awards. A season ago, it was very early in the process on June 8, 2021, as the playoffs had just gotten underway on May 22. The year before, due to the COVID-19 lockdown and playoff in the Orlando bubble, the awards were presented on September 20, 2020.

The Finals, according to the league's "Key Dates" calendar are set to tip off on Thursday, June 2. Should the series go seven games, the final date of the NBA Finals would be Sunday, June 19.

The NBA Draft is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Who are the Favorites to Win the NBA Player Awards?

NBA MVP - Nikola Jokic

Jokic had been slowly gaining on frontrunner Joel Embiid for quite some time, but it seemed like it was still Embiid's award to lose. Then, ESPN reporter Tim Bontemps' media poll asking anonymously who they were voting for caused the Vegas markets to go nuts, with Jokic surpassing Embiid on the board and blowing the doors open on the race, including at WynnBET Sportsbook.

Defensive Player of the Year - Marcus Smart

Smart finished as the favorite among consensus sportsbooks to close out the season. His stout defense helped the Celtics turnaround from borderline playoff team a season ago, to the No. 2 seed in the East.

Other notable candidates include Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns, Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies, as well as Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat.

Rookie of the Year - Evan Mobley

The Cavs first round draft pick became the heavy favorite with about two-thirds of the season left and never looked back.

No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham was sensational over the Pistons' second half of the season, and No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes helped turn the Raptors season around, finishing fifth in the East. Neither, however are expected to take home the award from Mobley, who finished averaged 15 points and 8.3 boards per game.

Sixth Man of the Year - Tyler Herro

Perhaps the easiest win of the awards season goes to Herro. As of mid-November, Herro had already worked his way up to +115 odds at WynnBET, making him a clear favorite in the very early portion of the season.

Most Improved Player - Ja Morant

With Morant a legitimate MVP candidate for the 2021-2022 season, I felt like this award deserved to go to someone like Darius Garland or Dejounte Murray who really came from out of the blue to put up outstanding seasons. In Morant's case, both can be true.

Morant finished the regular season with 27.4 PPG, 6.7 AST, 5.7 rebounds, while taking the Grizzlies to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.