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The NBA Season is in full swing and I’m already looking forward to the postseason. However, there is still a ton of basketball to be played before the NBA Playoffs! With that being said, it’s time to make some predictions for this year’s NBA awards! The NBA season is off to a great start and there has already been so many amazing plays by many players.
Most Valuable Player:
Even though right now, Paul George and Kevin Love have been playing exceptional, I do not think either of them are going to win the Most Valuable Player Award. In the last five years, the NBA MVP Award has belonged to LeBron James four times. I don’t think it’s going to change this year. Why? LeBron James is LeBron James. The award comes down to LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Of course there are players like Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love who are amazing but they aren’t on the same level as Durant and James. There’s no stopping LeBron James at the moment; he’s on another level but if the voters get tired of voting for him or if he gets injured (knock on wood), Durant has the potential to wrap it up!
Rookie of the Year:
As soon as the draft was done, my pick was Kelly Olynyk. However, after watching Oladipo, it’s safe to say that I think he is going to end up with the Rookie of the Year award. Michael Carter-William’s debut against the Heat was a flawless performance and he has been decent, so I wouldn’t be surprised if many picked him to win. However, for me Oladipo has been more consistent and has helped the Magic in a lot of ways. Anthony Bennett, the 1st pick of this year’s draft, has been very disappointing! Unless he can go on a major tear for the rest of the season, I don’t think he is going to make a splash. To me, the clear cut winner of the Rookie of the Year award is Victor Oladipo.
Defensive Player of the Year:
Alright, I’m not going to lie. Before the season I had Marc Gasol winning this award. But, guess what? He just sustained an injury that is going to take him out of the court indefinitely. After thinking it about for a long time, I changed my pick to Joakim Noah. Even though I don’t like Noah’s personality, that is what makes him such a great defensive player. He can get under opponent’s skin with his cocky attitude and wacky smile. With Derrick Rose’s recent meniscus injury, Noah will have to step it up if the Bulls want to make the playoffs. Last year, he averaged near 9 points per game along with 9 rebounds per game and a career high 1.6 steals per game to go along with 0.9 blocks per game. In my opinion, the only other competitors that Noah has to beat to win the DPOY Award is LeBron James and Dwight Howard… That is MUCH harder to do than say! Although Howard is having a great year and with LeBron being LeBron, I still think Noah can win the award.
Sixth Man of the Year:
It seems like Crawford is always in the running for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. But, that’s what happens when you do happen to be one of the best sixth man in the league. Season after season, Crawford puts up great numbers and I don’t think he’s going to slow down this season. If anything, he’s stats will be much better as the Clippers wound up with a great coach in Doc Rivers. So far in the season, Jamal Crawford is averaging 16 points per game, and close to 2 rebounds and 2 assists per game while shooting .484 from the field and .440 from downtown, which are both above his career averages.
Most Improved Player:
After playing in the shadows of Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe was traded to the rebuilding Phoenix Suns. Bledsoe showed a ton of potential with the Clippers and now he has the chance to build on this. The Phoenix Suns have to legit superstar and Bledsoe could fill this role. I’m not saying he’s going to be the next LeBron James or Kevin Durant. However, just as James Harden blossomed into a superstar after being traded to the Rockets, I feel like it’s going to be similar to Bledsoe. Realistically, the Suns best player, not counting Bledsoe, is Goran Dragic and Channing Frye (who is coming off a heart issues last season). Ultimately, Bledsoe has the perfect conditions to become a great player in the league in the future, but as for this season, I think he’s destined to win the Most Improved Player.
Coach of the Year:
After a messy exit from Boston, Chris Paul is exactly what the doctor prescribes for Doc Rivers. Although Doc Rivers is a great coach, Chris Paul tends to make everyone around him better. Don’t believe me? Just look at Vinny Del Negro. Yes, I am aware that Rivers is a better coach then Rivers, but Paul still has that effect. In the land of superstars and celebrities, Doc Rivers has a lot to learn from Chris Paul and vice versa. I believe the Clippers will be great enough for a 3rd seed in the deep Western Conference, but I do not think they can make it all the way to the Finals. Nonetheless, Doc Rivers has the potential and the tools to win this year’s Coach of the Year Award.