NBA Awards at the Break

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Headed to the second portion of the NBA season, here are my awards up to date.

Most Valuable Player

Kevin Durant: 31.4 PPG – 7.8 RPG – 5.5 APG – 51.0% FG – 41.0% 3PT – 88.2% FT

Leads the NBA in PER (31.9), Offensive win shares (10.3), Usage percentage (32.7), Minutes played (2061) and not only offensively, but Kevin is 7th in the entire league in defensive win shares (3.4). OKC went 21-4 without Rus, where he had a stretch of 12 straight 30+ point games, 4 of those were 40+ and 1 54 point game. Simply put, KD has been more valuable than anybody else and personally I don’t think it’s all that close. Period.

Rookie of the Year

Michael Carter-Williams: 17.1 PPG – 5.4 RPG – 6.5 APG – 39.6% FG – 29.1% 3PT – 70.4% FT

MCW leads all rookies in all 3 of those categories above and although he hasn’t shot very good percentages he’s been the best rookie in a very weak year for the rookie class. He’s played a lot of minutes for a very porous 76ers team and unless Oladipo or Burke have monster 2nd half’s of the season, it’s his award to lose.

Defensive Player of the Year

Roy Hibbert: 94.3 Defensive rating – 3.9 Defensive win shares – 2.5 BPG

Roy is 1st in defensive rating and 2nd in defensive win shares. He or teammate Paul George are 1st and 2nd in both categories. He’s 3rd overall in blocks per game and the Pacers are the clear cut best defensive team in the entire game. Roy has an advantage on his side as the last non PF / C to win the award came 10 years ago. The previously named Ron Artest won the award.

Sixth Man of the Year

Taj Gibson: 12.9 PPG – 6.6 RPG – 1.5 BPG – 48.4% FG – 72.5% FT

Taj has come along strong during late January into February. 12 out of his last 13 games he’s scored in double figures including 8 with 15+. 8 double-doubles thus far for a bench player is impressive. He’s made a strong case for himself to be the starter, but as long as Carlos is still a Chicago Bull, he’ll be a in a bench role.

Coach of the Year

Scott Brooks: Thunder 43-12 (Best record in the NBA)

Through all the criticism he’s received throughout the years based on adjustments, or the lack there of. Believe it or not, he’s been great at adjustments this year. His lineup changes, trust in his younger players with big minutes and the job he did, not only Kevin Durant, while Rus was out was amazing. OKC is the 4th ranked defense for who a team that is recognized as an offensive powerhouse, which they’re the 5th ranked team in the league in. I understand guys like Hornacek, Thibs, Vogel have done great with what was expected but this Thunder team has been simply great on both ends of the ball and Brooks has a lot to do with it.

All NBA First Team

  • Chris Paul
  • LeBron James
  • Kevin Durant
  • Blake Griffin
  • Kevin Love

All NBA Second Team

  • Steph Curry
  • James Harden
  • Paul George
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Dwight Howard

All NBA Third Team

  • Kyrie Irving
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Anthony Davis
  • DeMarcus Cousins

 

 

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