65-Game Threshold For Awards Will Have Minimum Minutes Requirement
The NBA has a few stipulations in its new 65-game requirement for postseason awards, according to reporting from ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.
Players must play 20 minutes per game for it to count as a game except in two of the 65 games a player can play between 15 and 20 minutes and it will still count.
Two of the three primary candidates for MVP this season have yet to play in 65 games with Giannis Antetokounmpo at 62 and Joel Embiid at 64. Nikola Jokic has played in 67 games.