With only 2 months of regular season basketball left, awards are on every player and fan’s mind. Who will win MVP? Coach of the Year? DPOY? Below are my picks for who takes home the awards if the season ended tonight.
6th Man of The Year: PG Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder
As of right now Reggie Jackson has started more games then not, but with Russell Westbrook back in the lineup you can expect Reggie to come off the bench. Reggie Jackson was a no name at the beginning of this year. Most analysts wondered how the Thunder would play without their PG. But, Reggie Jackson really has picked up the PG role, while Westbrook was hurt. So far this year he averages 13.4 PPG, 4.2 APG, and 3.7 RPG. Reggie is doing what every team wants, in their own 6th man.
Honorable Mention: Manu Ginobili, Jamal Crawford
Defensive Player of The Year: C Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
Sorry Lebron, but once again, this is not your year for this award. Roy Hibbert isn’t putting up his usually numbers this year. In fact, he is 7’0 and only grabbing 7.6 rebounds a game, a full rebound less than Carmelo Anthony. But, his defensive game is better than ever. Roy Hibbert is getting 2.5 blocks every game, and not letting anyone score on him. Definitely deserving of the DPOY award.
Honorable Mention: Lebron James, DeAndre Jordan, Paul George
Most Improved Player: SG Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers
This award is a no brainer at this point. Lance leads the league in triple-doubles (4) and is playing the best basketball of his life, while being on the NBA team with the best record in the league! Two seasons ago, the guy averaged 2.5 PPG. Now he is averaging 14 PPG. Also, he has nearly doubled his averages in rebounding and passing since last year. Even though he was snubbed from the All Star Game, no way he doesn’t win this award.
Honorable Mention: Anthony Davis, Arron Afflalo, Goran Dragic
Rookie Of The Year: PG Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
There is no doubt that this years rookie class is unimpressive. But, Michael Carter-Williams (despite being injured often) is the clear favorite to win this award. None of the other rookies have been putting up numbers like his, and doing it against teams like the Heat. MCW averages 17.3 PPG, 6.3 APG, and 5.3 RPG. The 76ers got a steal with MCW, getting him 11th overall last year. Future All-Star right here, quote me.
Honorable Mention: Trey Burke, Victor Oladipo, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Coach of the Year: Terry Stotts, Portland Trailblazers
I don’t think anyone was expecting this type of season for the Trailblazers. Portland is 38-18 and considered one of the top teams in the West. They are currently on a 3 game winning streak, and seem to only improve. Sure Terry Stotts has gotten help from Aldridge and Lillard, but Stotts found a way to make this team function and excel against all NBA teams.
Honorable Mention: Jeff Hornacek, Frank Vogel
Most Valuable Player: SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
This award is based off of if the season ended today. Lebron has started playing a lot better since the All-Star break, and could be going a unreal hot streak like he did last year. But, right now it has to be Durant. Durant is playing better than ever, WITHOUT WESTBROOK. 31.6 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 5.5 APG. These numbers are his best in his career. What is most impressive (that puts him over Lebron) is the fact that he is doing it without his right-hand man, Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant will win his first ever MVP award if he keeps his play up, and Lebron doesn’t improve his numbers too drastically.
Honorable Mention: Lebron James, Paul George