Will Embiid and Saric be among the NBA rookie of the year finalists?

Joel Embiid and Dario Saric celebrate vs Minnesota
Dario Saric (far right) and Joel Embiid (facing camera) both might be rookie of the year finalists in the NBA for 2016-17. In this photo, Sixers' Robert Covington celebrates with teammates Nik Stauskas, Embiid and Saric after hitting a basket with 0.2 seconds left against the Timberwolves putting them ahead 93-91 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Sixers beat the Wolves 93-91.

76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, along with Milwaukee Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon, are expected to be named finalists for the NBA rookie of the year award on Friday's NBA Tip-Off pregame show on TNT at 7 p.m.

The hosts are to also announce the finalists for most valuable player, defensive player of the year, sixth man of the year, most improved player and coach of the year. The awards winners were voted on by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters from around the world.

The winners are to be revealed at the first-ever NBA awards show that is to be hosted by recording artist Drake on June 26 at New York's Basketball City.

On Thursday, the league announced the all-NBA first-, second- and third-team selections as voted by the sportswriters and broadcasters.


Who deserves to be NBA rookie of the year?

LeBron James (Cleveland), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), James Harden (Houston), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans) were named to the first team.

The second team was Kevin Durant (Golden State), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Isaiah Thomas (Boston), Rudy Gobert (Utah) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee).

The third team was DeAndre Jordan (L.A. Clippers), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto), John Wall (Washington), Jimmy Butler (Chicago) and Draymond Green (golden State).

If not for suffering a season-ending tear of the meniscus in his left knee, Embiid would likely have been the runaway winner for rookie of the year. He played in only 31 games because of rest or injuries.

Embiid was playing at an all-star level when he was healthy. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists this season. He was the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for October/November, December and January. He was also the conference player of the week for the week of Jan. 16-22.

With Embiid, who did not play enough games to qualify for statistical rankings, sidelined for more than half the season, Saric made his own strong case for the rookie award. The power forward was named the conference's rookie of the month in February and March. He led all qualified rookies in scoring (18.4 points per games), field goals made (115) and free throws made (54). He ranked second in rebounds (7.0), third in made three-pointers (28) and fourth in assists (3.4).

Saric and Embiid are the first teammates to win multiple rookie of the month awards.

Brogdon averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds this season.