This Year's NBA Awards
Sixth Man of The Year
I don't see why I would need to explain this one, Lou Williams only started 19 games this year out of the 79 he played. Lou definitely carried the LA Clippers throughout the regular season. Lou played only 33 minutes per game, he was still able to put up 22.5 points, 5.3 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game. He even has a PER of 20.8, which is amazing for a bench player. Honestly, who else is even in debate? Fred VanVleet?
Most Improved Player
This award has some debate, I see why it would be Andre Drummond, Kristopz Porzingis, or even Giannis Antetokounmpo again. But Victor just boosted his game up to whole new level compared to last season. Victor Oladipo boosted his points per game up from 15.9 points last season to 23.1 this season, he also went from 1.2 steals last season all the way to 2.4, he led the league is steals per game this season as well. He's shot 47.7 percent from the field as well. Victor Oladipo has practically carried this Indiana Pacers team to the playoffs, even if Victor himself hasn't been playing well in the playoffs. While players like Andre Drummond didn't make the playoffs and put up very similar numbers to last season, and Giannis Antetokounmpo didn't improve as much as Victor. While Kristopz also didn't make the playoffs.
This years stats: 23.1 points, 4.3 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 5.2 rebounds.
Last years stats: 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.1 blocks.
Defensive Player of The Year
Rudy Gobert has been cheated out of defensive player of the year for the past two seasons, this year he is finally getting the recognition that he deserves. This season Rudy has put up 2.3 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 10.8 rebounds this season. Rudy has been the best defensive player in the league for the past 3 years now, Draymond Green is the most overrated player in the NBA and Kawhi was never on Rudy's defensive ability. Awards like defensive player of the year are so underrated, it's the second most important award behind MVP. Gobert has the second most defensive win shares in the league with 4.8, he also has a PER of 23.2. Also with the second most block percentage with 6%.
Rookie of The Year
This one is simple, Donovan has played amazing in the playoffs. While Ben Simmons has played very well, he has been going up against a mediocre team in the Miami Heat while Donovan is going up against one of the best defensive teams in the NBA in the OKC Thunder. Donovan put up 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.5 steals per game this year, in the playoffs he put up 1.6 steals, 26.6 points, and 7.8 rebounds. Donovan is the only reason why the Jazz are in the playoffs right now, Gobert isn't even is the best player on the Jazz. While Simmons has had Robert Covington and Joel Embiid to back him up.
All-NBA First Team
Point Guard: Russell Westbrook - 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 1.7 steals, 45 percent field shooting, 24.7 PER.
Westbrook made history again this season, he averaged a triple double while leading the OKC Thunder to the playoffs. Westbrook led the league in assists this year and has only improved his game this season.
Shooting Guard: James Harden - 30.4 points, 8.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 2 steals, 29.8 PER.
Harden led the league in PER with an insane 29.8 rating, he led the league in points per game as well. Harden did play like James Harden on defense but it doesn't change the fact that he was the best offensive player this season.
Small Forward: LeBron James - 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 28.6 PER.
LeBron James carried this Cleveland Cavaliers team to the playoffs, even if he hasn't been able to get past the Indiana Pacers yet.
Power Forward: Anthony Davis - 28.1 points, 12 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.5 steals, 28.9 PER.
1. James Harden
2. Anthony Davis
3. LeBron James
4. Damian Lillard
The case for Harden: Harden led the league in scoring while also getting nearly 9 assists per game, he led the Houston Rockets to the best record in the NBA and beat the 8th seeded Timberwolves in five games. No one can really stand up to him.
The case for Harden to not win it: While Harden is the best player on the Rockets it doesn’t change the fact that they have one of the best defensive guards in the league Chris Paul, and one of the best defensive players in the league, Clint Capela, and a great role player in Eric Gordon. Harden has has tons of help, not to say the Rockets would have been even a top 3 seed without him but they still would’ve been a top 5 seed atleast.
The case for Davis: Davis has been legendary this year, he is arguably the best defensive player this year and, when Demarcus Cousins went down with injury, he elevated his game. He absolutely carried that Pelicans Team to a sweep over the Portland Trailblazers and he keeps stepping up, he may very well be the best or atleast second best player in the postseason so far. After Demarcus Cousins went down with injury in the 48th game of the season, Anthony Davis elevated his game so much he put up 30 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3.2 blocks per game for a 34 game span.
The case for Anthony not to win: While Davis did step up other players on the pelicans sub Jute Holiday did as well, Holiday put up 20 points and 7 assists on nearly 50 percent field goal shooting this season. And Rajon Rondo is putting 12 points and 13 assists in the playoffs. It also doesn’t change the fact that The pelicans only got the sixth seed.
The case for LeBron: LeBron definitely has been dragging the Cavs so far, he has had basically no help. Even with all of that he has found a way to get the Cavs to the fourth seed in the east and 3-2 game lead over the Indiana Pacers.
The case for LeBron not to win: Even with him dragging the Cavs it doesn’t change the fact that he hasn’t beaten the Pacers and it’s been 5 games already, and he only got to the fourth seed in the East.
The case for Damian: Lillard has put up the best season of his career, putting up nearly 27 points and 7 assists. He has been the best player on the team that is arguably the third best team in the West.
The case for Damian not to win: Damian has put up the best season of his career but it doesn’t change the fact that he has help from CJ McCullum and that he got swept in the first round of the playoffs. Also, players like Anthony Davis and James Harden are just more deserving.
MVP Winner: Anthony Davis
The MVP award is not necessarialy the best player, it’s what player is most valuable to his team. And who has been more valuable his team than Anthony Davis? When his team needed him most after Demarcus went down he stepped up so much that he was able to sweep the Portland Trailblazers led by CJ McCullum and Damian Lillard with ease. Yes he has had help but everyone the MVP debate has, even LeBron has had Kyle Korver putting up 10 points and 6 rebounds this postseason, and Kevin Love putting up 12 points and 11 rebounds this postseason as well. Davis has just been on another level after Cousins went down, for a 34 game span he put up 30 points, 12 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, and 2 steals. Also, in the postseason Davis is putting up another worldly 34 point, 3 blocks, 2 steals, and 12 rebounds on 60 percent Shooting. Besides Jrue Holiday who is putting up 28 points and 7 assists this post season and Rajon Rondo who is putting up 11 points and 13 assists this postseason the next leading scorer on the Pelicans is Jordan Crawford with only 6 points per game.
But overall, I get why it will be James Harden, it will be. It’s just that Davis has really stepped up his game when his team needed him most.
But as long as its either Harden or Anthony Davis I’ll be ok with the MVP.
Rookie of The Year
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