There was no surprise at all to the revelation Friday that Warriors forward Draymond Green was announced Friday as one of three finalists for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.
The surprise, however mild, was that Green's teammate, veteran forward Andre Iguodala, was among the finalists for the Sixth Man of Year.
The announcements were made by TNT prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between and Cavaliers and the Celtics.
Even while acknowledging the Sixth Man Award traditionally goes to scorers, the Warriors during the regular season campaigned for Iguodala to be considered because of his two-way versatility and overall value to the team with the best record in the league.
The other finalists for the Sixth Man award are Houston teammates Eric Gordon and Lou Williams, both of whom specialize in scoring.
The finalists joining Green in the DPOY competition are Utah's Rudy Gobert and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard.
The winners will be announced during a televised presentation on June 26.