Just to recap, the 2009-10 season award winners were:
This season, the NBA was changed dramatically, most notably with the formation of the Big 3/Three Kings/Wade's New Sidekicks in Miami. But with all the hype around where Lebron, Bosh, Wade, Stoudemire, Boozer and Amundson (:D) were going, many individuals who had great seasons last year (the likes of Thabo Sefolosha, Andrew Bogut, and Anderson Varejao) have been forgotten amongst all the free agency hype.
Two of these men made it into the All-Defensive Second Team, and Andrew Bogut led the Bucks to their first playoff appearance for years, despite being injured a few weeks before the playoffs (by our Suns no less). He also picked up an All NBA Third Team Award, and could have been a Second Teamer had Amar'e been considered a Center by the writers of the NBA.
Now I'm sure there are a few people on BSOTS who say "Its not about the individual awards, its about the team" and all that yada-yada-yada. But I believe credit must be given where credits due (see Nash MVP Awards).
So now, I will attempt to predict the awards for the upcoming NBA season. I won't be predicting the Executive, Sportsmanship (although it'll probably go to Grant, despite his newfound interest in butt-slapping) and the Citizenship awards.
MVP: Kevin Durant.
Because, he will lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to the playoffs. He will be scoring leader again. (And unlike the Lebron and Kobe fans, the MVP is the MOST VALUABLE PLAYER. Not the player with the best stats) I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon that "The Thunder are the best team behind the Lakers in the Western Conference". There still A LITTLE BIT too young to be that. But a #3 to #6 seed for sure. The attitude in OKC is that they have a Little Big 3 to call their own, and its great that guys like Westbrook, Green and Sefolosha are committed to staying in their roles of Durant's henchmen (a sort of Scott Pippen scenario), when all three of them could be stars for any other NBA team. I'm thinking numbers of 30ppg, 5rpg and 3-5apg for the Durantula.
Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard
Because, once again, he WILL lead the NBA in def. rebounds and blocks. This is no time to complain about his offensive deficincies, this is a Defensive Player award. Teams know that when Superman's on the floor, the paint is a no-fly zone for them. (Then again, another thing to consider is that offensive heavyweights Stoudemire and Boozer are now in the East. Thats more weapons for Dwight to defend against.) I'm thinking numbers of 12-14rpg and 3-4bpg for Superman.
Rookie Player of the Year: DeMarcus Cousins
Because unlike the MVP Award, the Rookie of the Year award to me is all about stats. You have the best stats, you're the rookie of the year. Because of this, I'm not giving it to John Wall or Blake Griffin. DeMarcus Cousins gets my vote, because he'll probably put up a double-double, or near double-double. Blake doesn't get it because, his strengths, points and rebounds, are already being taken up by Chris Kaman. Wall doesn't get it because Gilbert Arenas is on his team. I think this is a bounce-back year for Agent Zero, and I think he'll prove himself to still be the true leader on the Wizards team. Cousins will have plenty of chances to fill those point and rebounding needs for the Kings. Him and Tyreke Evans could, potentially, be a Stoudemire/Nash or Duncan/Parker caliber twosome in the years to come.
Sixth Man of the Year: Josh Childress
Please, Please, PLEASE don't call me biased. I love the Suns. I LOVE the Suns. Yet, and please believe me, my love for the Suns had absolutley no effect on my choice here. Childress has already proven to be a solid sixth-man for Atlanta, and he was considered a contender for the award in his previous time in the NBA. Add Childress to the best bench in the NBA? And you have split the atom, discovered the laws of physics and invented the lightbulb. You regulars on BSOTS will know all about Childress' strengths and weaknesses through previous posts. He will bring energy off the bench. He will score off the bench. He will rebound and assist off the bench. And barring injuries to J-Rich or Turks, he will not start. Remember last season when Lopez got injured, yet Alvin started Jarron Collins ahead of Channing Frye? I can see a similar situation occuring to Childress if a starter is injured. Because of all this, J-Chill is my Sixth Man of the Year, with numbers of 14ppg, 6rpg, 3apg.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Gilbert Arenas
Because I really believe Gilbert will put last year's incident behind him, and start earning that huge contract of his. Normally, this award will go to an underperforming rookie who decided to become a star sophomore (see Aaron Brooks). But because of the whole gun-in-the-locker-room incident, if Gilbert becomes the star player he once was, I think he will be a contender for this award. If you ask me, it's time for Gilbert to tell that punk Wall that "listen kid, this is MY team". Gilbert will get numbers of 22ppg, 7-9apg and 2-2.5spg.
Coach of the Year: Alvin Gentry
Because he will pull out a mutha-flippin Scott Brooks on everybodys ass. Take a look at OKC in the last year. The first year, they suck. The second year, they're taking the Lakers to six and exposing a true superstar in Kevin Durant.
Now, I'm serious in saying that the Suns will get 52-55 wins and the #3rd to #5th seed in the West. Where did ESPN rank them? 9th. Where did Ball Don't Lie rank them? 9th. Lets pretend that we are all . . . . . . . . Lakers supporters, and are taking a look at the Suns roster -
[ Lopez: injury prone center, nowhere near the caliber of a Bynum or Gasol.
Turkoglu: A Small-Forward who was good for the Magic, but not good enough to lead his team to a Finals victory. Terrible for the Raptors. Now, will have to play Power-Forward, hereby condeming the Suns to rebounding suckness.
Hill: A past his prime injury ravaged small-forward, who is nowhere near as good as he was once predicted to be.
Richardson: Also a past his prime player, a player who was the future of Golden State basketball, who ended up on the Suns as a third option in offence behind STAT and Nash, and is also a terrible defender.
Nash: Formerly the leagues best point guard, and a choker come playoffs time (after all, can he walk around with a whole hand laden with rings). Now behind Paul, DWill, Rose, Rondo and Westbrook (aka The New Breed) in PG Rankings.
Childress: A formerly OK sixth man for Atlanta, who then went to play for Greece. Will not adjust back to NBA game.
Frye, Warrick, Dragic and Dudley: Sure, there alright role players. But Dragic is overrated, one great playoff performance does'nt make a great player (see Daniel Gibson). Warrick is on his third team within one year. Frye is a shooting-guard in a centers body, who can't defend in the low post, and Dudley is an unathletic, three-point shooting shooting guard who plays small forward.
Clark, Lawal, Janning etc.: Just prospects who probably won't see the floor much. ]
NOW, after all that, lets take everything into account that i've covered so far: Suns make playoffs with high seed and 50+ wins. Suns are a crap team with crap players.
Now put it together: Crap team with crap players makes playoffs with 50+ wins and high seed. What does all this equal up to? ALVIN GENTRY IS COACH OF THE YEAR.
Scoring Leader: Kevin Durant
Assists Leader: Steve Nash
Rebounding Leader: Dwight Howard
Blocks Leader: Dwight Howard
Steals Leader: Rajon Rondo
All NBA First Team: D Howard, C Bosh, K Durant, K Bryant, S Nash
All NBA Second Team: A Bogut, A Stoudemire, L James, D Wade, D Williams
All NBA Third Team: P Gasol, G Wallace, C Anthony, G Arenas, T Evans
All Defensive First Team: D Howard, L James, G Wallace, D Wade, R Rondo
All Defensive Second Team: A Bogut, Josh Smith, A Varejao, T Sefolosha, K Bryant
All Rookie First Team: D Cousins, J Wall, B Griffin, C Aldrich, E Bledsoe
All Rookie Second Team: E Turner, W Johnson, E Udoh, L Sanders, D Pittman
Thanks for reading, any comments appreciated