Predicting the Winner Of Every Major NBA Award In 2014
Predicting the Winner of Every Major NBA Award in 2014
The 2013-14 season is quickly coming to and end and it is time to think about which players deserve the major NBA awards at season's end.
The most recent players to receive the Defensive Player of the Year were Tyson Chandler and Marc Gasol. This year, a young player will recognized for his outstanding defensive productions. Roy Hibbert, Anthony Davis, Serge Ibaka, and DeAndre Jordan all have realistic chances to win the award.
The Rookie of the Year award won't even be a contest. I bet you know exactly who it is. This year's rookie class was rather disappointing.
Sixth Man of the Year Award will actually be a tough decision. Reggie Jackson has been the clear favorite, but Vince Carter is starting to heat up and make a name for himself.
LeBron James has been the league’s MVP the last four out of five years. Kevin Durant, despite putting up terrific numbers, has had to take a back seat behind LeBron when it comes to MVP. It seemed like Durant was cruising to the finish line, but LeBron has come alive since the All-Star break. They both want the award and it'll be fun to see it all come down to the wire.
So, here's a look at who will win the major awards at the end of the NBA season.
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9. All-Rookie Team
C Kelly Olynyk, F Giannis Antetokoumpo, G Tim Hardaway, Jr., G Victor Oladipo, PG Michael Carter-Williams
8. All-Defensive Teams
First Team: C Anthony Davis, F Serge Ibaka, F Josh Smith, G/F Paul George, PG Ricky Rubio
Second Team: C Roy Hibbert, F/C Dwight Howard, F LeBron James, G John Wall, G Chris Paul
7. All-NBA Teams
First Team: F Kevin Love, F LeBron James, F Kevin Durant, G/F Paul George, PG Stephon Curry
Second Team: C Dwight Howard, PF LaMarcus Aldridge, SF Carmelo Anthony, SG James Harden, PG Chris Paul
6. Most Improved Player
Lance Stephenson has been an absolute beast this year and deserves the Most Improved Player Award. His numbers have jumped from 8.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 2.9 APG in 2012-13 to 14.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 5.1 APG in 2013-14. He has improved his shooting percentages, leads the league with four triple-doubles, and leads all shooting guards with 17 double-doubles.
5. Rookie of the Year
No one deserves Rookie of the Year more than Michael Carter-Williams. The 6-foot-6 point guard is averaging 17 points, 6.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. He also leads all rookies with 11 double-doubles.
4. Sixth Man of the Year
Reggie Jackson has been a nice surprise for the Thunder this season, especially with Westbrook missing significant time. Jackson is major contributor to the Thunder's success. He is averaging 13.5 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.7 rebounds.
3. Defensive Player of the Year
Anthony Davis is a monster and has really emerged into a terrific defensive anchor. He is on his way to becoming Kevin Garnett-like. He leads the NBA with 2.87 blocks per game, leads all centers in steals with 1.4 per game, and is averaging over 10 rebounds a game. He is also the best at guarding the rim, holding opponents to under 20 percent from around the basket.
2. Coach of the Year
The Portland Trail Blazers are perhaps the biggest surprise in the NBA this year. They have proven that they are one of the best teams in the league. It simply amazing how well they've done considering their lack of star power. Aldridge is a great player, but not a superstar. Damian Lillard is still emerging. Coach Terry Stotts deserves Coach of the Year for his outstanding work in Portland.
1. Most Valuable Player
The LeBron James-Kevin Durant battle for MVP is going to be intense in the waning months of the season. Durant will finally take home the most prestigious award in the NBA. He leads the league with 31.7 points per game, he shoots 51 percent from the field while attempting 20 shots, and he has led the Thunder to the best record in the NBA without Westbrook for most of that time. The biggest difference between LeBron and Durant: KD has been doing it all against the mighty teams of the West. James has only played the puny teams of the East. Durant deserves the MVP award and will win the prestigious honor.