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My NBA Season Awards & NBA Playoff Predictions
Here is my list of the awards that I believe will be given out this year and who will win the NBA Championship. People constantly ask my opinion on who will win the title so I figured I would let everyone know who will win. The predictions are made off of who I think is deserving of the awards. I will give you the Rookie of the Year, MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, and the Sixth Man of the Year. It’s either a 3 peat for the Miami Heat or a new champion will be crowned. I dig into who I think will win the NBA championship and Bill Russell Award and put that banner up in their gym.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Michael Carter Williams averaged 16.7 points a game which was the highest out of all the other rookies and also he added 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists this season. The Sixers weren’t a complete team this season but the way that MCW brought it in the 70 games that he played in was very special. MCW has the height and the heart and proved it in his first season as a pro athlete. MCW had some great performances but his debut night against the Miami Heat let me know that he was the real deal with his near quadruple double. MCW went for 22 points, 12 assists, 9 steals, 7 rebounds which impressed Lebron James. That already told me that he was NBA Ready and ROY worthy. Check the video below
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR Anthony Davis is my vote for most improved because he increased his scoring by 7 points from last season. This season Davis averaged 20.8 ppg, 10 rpg, and lead the league in blocks with 2.8. Davis didn’t get the Pelicans to the post season but you can see the progression in his game from his rookie season to this season. Last season he was a boy and leading the league in blocks made him into a man. Davis gained a lot of respect from his peers in the league and he also was able to space the floor and be a dominate force. The Pelicans are a few pieces away from making some things happen but they had the injury bug this season. Anthony Davis made a name for himself this season and I know he will continue to grow into the beast that we have seen from him.
Sixth Man of the Year
Jamal Crawford has his name all over this award in my opinion because he has been doing this for years.This season he averaged 18.6 points off the bench which is unheard to me. Jamal knows that once his number is called he has to come in and produce and he has been doing that for years and years. The reason why he is getting this award to me is his consistency all season for the Clippers when CP3 went down Crawford stepped his game up to another level. The game that stands out to me for him this season was when he went shot for shot with Kevin Durant. If you didn’t watch it check out the video below for the footage.
Defensive Player of the Year
Joakim Noah is my defensive player of the year because he does the little things that you need to do to win games. Noah hustles and he rebounds,blocks,scores,passes and basically does everything that a coach needs done. Noah can defend the paint and demands his space and respect. This season he averaged 12.6 ppg, 1.5 bpg, 11.3 rpg, and 5.4 ast. Thats very impressive for a big man that carried his team on his back this season with D-Rose going down again with a season ending injury. He defends and does everything that you need to do to win a basketball game and his coach and teammates will tell you the same.
Most Valuable Player
The picture speaks for itself as Kevin Durant has emerged and finally kicked down the door after being second behind Lebron James three times. Kevin Durant went off this season and put OKC on his back with Westbrook having some knee problems. Kevin Durant turned into the killer instinct player that everyone said that he needed to be this season. KD has just been on a mission to prove that he is the best player in the league and also to prove that he can lead his team to a championship and he is well on his way to that. KD is quick and has improved on his numbers from last season in assists and scoring. Lebron knew the moment was coming and it is finally here because it is KD’s year and he proved to the world its now his time. Check the duel below that I feel made KD the clear cut MVP in my book.
I have the Pacers coming out of the East facing the Thunder for the NBA championship. I just think that it is the Pacers year especially with locking up the number 1 seed in the East. The Thunder and KD are on a mission to get that title as well and I feel when they were in the finals against the Heat they weren’t ready. I believe that the Thunder will be ready this season and they will win the whole thing.