A few months ago I did a 7 part NBA preview for this season. On the last part of the preview, I gave my season predictions on who would win each award, which teams would make the playoffs, and who would appear in the finals. Let’s see how accurate I with the following awards.
Rookie Of The Year – Karl Anthony-Towns
My pick in October was Jahlil Okafor. Okafor has been solid this season (17.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.15 bpg), however, Anthony-Towns has really impacted the Timberwolves with his production (16.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.79 bpg). In a usually stacked Western Conference, Minnesota has found a perfect complement to Andrew Wiggins heading into the future. Kristaps Porzingis is 2nd on my list. His impact on the New York Knicks has done a complete 180 to the culture of the team from the previous season. Who would’ve thought the Knicks would be making a run for a playoff spot this year?
Sixth Man Of The Year – Will Barton
My pick in October was Isaiah Thomas. Isaiah is having an all-star caliber season (21.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.6 apg), but he’s started 44 games this season so he doesn’t qualify. Lou Williams would be a strong candidate as well but he’s in the same boat as Thomas. Will Barton has been balling off the bench this season (15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.5 apg), and has only started 1 game all year. He’s been the only consistent player on Denver all season. He deserves this award.
DPOY – DeAndre Jordan
Finally, one of my picks is living up to the hype! Jordan has been sensational on the defensive end this season (11.9 ppg, 13.6 rpg **10.0 defensive rpg**, 2.2 bpg). He continues to clean the glass like Windex and alter shots in the paint. Andre Drummond would be next on my list. Drummond is a better rebounder than Jordan but still has some ways to go to be an elite rim protector.
Most Improved – CJ McCollum
My pick was the “Greek Freak”. The overall of the starting line up in Portland paved the way for McCollum to have a break out season (20.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.4 apg). Him and Damian Lillard has formed an exciting young backcourt that teams around the league cannot take for granted.
Coach Of The Year – “Luke Kerr”
My pick was Fred Hoiberg. Luke Walton lead the league’s best Golden State Warriors record 39-4 during Steve Kerr’s absence. Even though the NBA won’t credit Walton’s record, he should definitely be given recognition of his accomplishment. That’s better than Tyronn Lue being the Eastern Conference coach of the All-star game right?
Most Valuable Player – Stephen Curry
My pick was Anthony Davis. What does the reigning MVP and world champion do for an encore? He turns around and has a better season than his unicorn season a year ago (29.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.6 apg). His team is chasing the 96 Chicago Bulls single season record for wins and they are definitely on pace to break it. What more can you ask for?