Prediction: NBA Individual Awards

By Joma Ablay

To the right - Chris Paul, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant

To the right – Chris Paul, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant

We’re approaching the end of March and you know what that means….

April.

Playoffs.

But before we go into that topic, we might as well get our predictions for the individual awards out.

This NBA season has been all kinds of stuff. Injuries, dramas, rejuvenation, dunks, trades, win streaks, – and Bynum’s hair – you know the usual stuff. Fortunately, we are all lucky to follow everything that is happening in the NBA.

So I won’t write any introductions anymore and let’s just get into it..

MVP (Top 5)

Lebron James

LeBron James

He will win the MVP no doubt about that. He is playing unbelievably this year. Scratch that. He is playing how he is expected to play. Like the best player in the world today. The record breaking statistical runs, the win streak, the dunks – and shoes – that’s why he is the King.

But I’d wanna name some honorable mentions because of their outstanding play..

Chris Paul

Without CP3, the Clips started losing right after their undefeated month of December. He is the the leader of the Clippers. Without him, there will be no dunks, points, wins.

Kevin Durant

The only person that is hurting KD’s chances for MVP is, LeBron James. I don’t know if KD can sneak one MVP while LeBron is healthy but until LeBron can play, KD’s just number 2 or 3.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe. Mamba. Vino. Old. Whatever you call him he is what he is. A legend. At 34-years old, busted knees, ankles, shoulders, fingers, back, shin… Come on, can you really ignore Kobe when you’re talking about the MVP? Don’t ignore him my friend, he might dunk on you. Vino, which means “wine” (gets better with age), is a very fitting nickname for Kobe. Even though he’s playing with Dwight, Nash and Gasol, without Kobe, the Lakers are dead and buried in the west.

Paul George

I know, this is a bit surprising but, Indiana is currently (as of March 17) at the 2-spot of the East playoff picture. Without Danny Granger, Paul George stepped up and went on to be an All-Star while carrying his team to the top of the Eastern conference.

Defensive Player of the Year

Larry Sanders (number 8)

Larry Sanders (number 8)

Larry Sanders

Long. Young. Athletic. Sanders works hard under the rim, hustles for every rebounds and loose balls. His specialty though is blocking your shots out of the paint and shouts at you. He is a feisty young Buck.

3.1 bpg, 97.9 Def. Rtg, 9.2 rpg

Rookie of the Year

damian-lillard-redDamian Lillard

This man is the future of Portland and hopefully he won’t get injured like Roy and Oden. I can see him being a future rival of Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, last year’s R.O.Y.

19 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.5 apg, 35.6 3FG

 

Sixth-Man of the Year

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford

One of the most underrated players in the NBA, Jamal Crawford is a starter in other teams. He can shoot, pass, break defenses and your ankles. He is an all-around player.. oh yeah, he is clutch too. The Clippers got a gem in the off-season with J-Crossover. He is a shoe in for the 6th Man of the Year, again.

16.8 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 spg, 16.76 PER, 37.7 3FG%

 

Most Improved Player

James Harden

James Harden

James Harden

Fear the beard. Harden is out of his cage and now he is carrying Houston on his back.

Coach of the Year

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich

This man is hall of famer. Deservingly so. Despite of the injuries to his players, especially Parker’s, Pops is guiding his team to the top of the West. Don’t look now because when it comes to the playoffs, we all know the Spurs are one of the top teams to perform in the playoffs. His plays, leadership and just the fact that he is keeping this team alive is amazing.

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