NBA MVP, Rookie of Year races are over – Reuters

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There is nothing more Giannis Antetokounmpo can do in his bid to win his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award.

FILE PHOTO: Basketball – NBA – Charlotte Hornets v Milwaukee Bucks – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – January 24, 2020 Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

That is because the league informed all 30 teams on Friday that none of the games played once competition restarts on July 30 will count toward individual awards, according to multiple publications. Only 22 of the clubs are resuming play.

Statistical awards still will be up for grabs, but all the awards that are voted on will be based on stats through games of March 11. That was the night the season was suspended after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus in Oklahoma City.

“The decision to exclude seeding games from awards voting ensures a fair process in which players and coaches from all 30 teams will have the same opportunity to be honored as top performers for the regular season,” the NBA wrote in the memo to t