Very Early 2020 NBA Awards Predictions
Who will win this years awards?
I am very excited for the upcoming 2019-2020 NBA season! Lot's of new players on new teams, and rookies coming in to the league as well. Zion Williamson and Ja Morant should be dueling it out for the rookie of the year award this year. Some familiar names such as Curry, Giannis, Lebron, Anthony Davis, Harden, and others should be battling it out to see who is the most valuable player of the league. Many young players are looking to make a name for themselves, and make a mark for their team. The NBA is the most balanced it has been in quite some time, so let's take a look at some very early NBA awards predictions.
Coach of the year
The Los Angeles Clippers had the most successful off season for the upcoming year. They were able to go out and land not one, but two top ten players. In acquiring Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, and only loosing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and some draft picks is a huge upside in my opinion. Doc Rivers last year led the Clippers to the playoffs and actually took the Warriors to six games. Doc has proven the get the most out of his players. With all of Rivers experience as a coach, and adding two top ten players this should be another coach of the year award for him.
6th Man of the Year
Lou Williams is a three time 6th man of the year winner, and this year shouldn't be any different. For the last several seasons he has been in contention for the award each year. Lou usually comes in off the bench, but is playing over 30 minutes per game. He is a scoring machine, and was pivotal in the Clippers sneaking two games in the first round of last years playoffs. With Kawhi and Paul George on the team, I don't expect Williams numbers to suffer at all this year, resulting in another award for this man.
Most improved player
Dejounte Murray missed the 2018-2019 season. He has spent the year recovering from an ACL injury. I look for Murray to have a breakout year, and he will be awarded with most improved. With the emergence of Derrick White on the Spurs team, I still look for Murray to get a lot of playing time. Murray is an excellent rebounder for a guard, and a good defender. I think we will see improvement in his offensive game this year. I look for his scoring and assist averages to go up, solidifying the award for the up and coming young player.
Rookie of the year
Zion Williamson was the first overall pick in this years NBA draft. I look for Zion to receive 30 minutes a game, and he will not disappoint! With all of this playing time, he will learn and grow into an NBA player. Zion will put up great stats, and give us many spectacular dunks as well. Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies will certainly give Zion a run for his money, but in the end Zion will come out rookie of the year.
Defensive player of the year
Rudy Gobert is the reigning defensive player of the year, in fact he has won back to back years. I think Gobert will make it a 3 peat for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Gobert has a 7'9" wingspan that certainly disrupts a lot of shots, and has the agility of a guard to help out defensively against small players. Gobert is only 27 years old, and I look for him to get even better as he establishes himself as a force in the NBA. He has improved his scoring each and every year, and I look for his rebounds and blocks to stay about the same solidifying another defensive player of the year award for the Jazz big man.
Most Valuable Player
Last year the Los Angeles Lakers added Lebron James, and this year they have paired him with Anthony Davis. Davis is considerably a top 5 player in the league. He has put up monster numbers for the past 6 seasons. He will give you over 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and great defensive numbers. He has done this with the New Orleans Pelicans, and I look for this being the year that Anthony Davis gets over the hump claiming an NBA most valuable player award. Playing with Lebron James and in the bright spotlight of Los Angeles, I see Anthony Davis taking his game to the next level this year, which I don't how much more he can do, but I see it this year! Lebron James in year 17, will look for the support of Anthony Davis more, and he will not disappoint, resulting in an MVP award for the brow.
© 2019 John Slobodien