Sixers Embiid and Saric, and Bucks' Brogdon, NBA rookie of the year finalists

As expected, 76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, along with Milwaukee Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon, were named finalists for the NBA rookie of the year award during Friday's pregame show on TNT.

The hosts also announced 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, hosted by recording artist Drake, on June 26 at New York's Basketball City.

If not for suffering a season-ending tear to 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.

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.

Follow and contact 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter and on Instagram at PompeyOnSixers.

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