I posted a fan-post at the beginning of the season, detailing who I thought would be the award-winners this season. Here they are:
What we can see from these predictions is that I am a biased, stupid, unknowledgeable idiot.
DeMarcus Cousins for Rookie of the Year? What was I thinking?
Josh Childress? I won't go there.
Gilbert Arenas? I'm an idiot.
So anyway, I will now make my predictions for the awards this season, because I can, and because I should be doing my history assignment, but instead I'll post a fan post that no one will read.
Predictions after the jump:
MVP: LeBron James
Every basketball playing friend I have says Rose should be MVP. I disagree, namely because Steve Nash is my favourite player in the NBA, and therefore I hate all other point guards. LeBron James should be MVP, because he is the best player in the game, and without him, the Heat would suck (in my opinion). Steve Nash should be the real man getting this award, not because I'm biased, but because he made Marcin Gortat, Channing Frye, an old Grant Hill and a bunch of other role players look like All-Stars, and because without him, the Phoenix Suns would be the Phoenix Cavaliers. Disagree? Watch the two games Nash missed.
Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard
Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin
Again, no contest. First rookie to be in All-Star game since . . . . . . . . . . I don't actually know. Not even LeBron did that. Humph.
Any of these men could win this award, and I would not disagree. All of these players are basically starters, but come off the bench for a particular reason (eg. Gortat because Lopez seems to start well, not sure if this theory is actually right or not). Crawford is arguably the most consistent player in the Hawks team, along with Al Horford. Lamar Odom provides the size off the bench for the Lakers, allowing Coach Jackson to field a lineup of three 7 footers. Jason Terry has been excellent off the bench for the Mavericks, allowing them to hold onto that 2nd seed in the Western Conference for most of the season. And The Polish Hammer has been terrific for Phoenix, he leads the league in double-doubles off the bench, and is currently on a 14 game streak of double-digit scoring games. Words cannot describe how important Marcin Gortat is to this Suns team.
Most Improved Player: Serge Ibaka
Ibaka has been a revelation for the OKC Thunder this year; his stellar play even allowed the Thunder to trade Jeff Green away, allowing Ibaka to start at the PF position. His numbers are up across the board, and he is the perfect complementary piece for the two stars in the team: Durant and Westbrook. He is humble, can impact the game without having to put up huge numbers, and is motivated and a hustle player.
Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau
Coach Thibodeau has made the Bulls the second best team in the league, and the best in the Eastern Conference, through his terrific defensive coaching and his willingless to listen to his team members. Some would argue Derrick Rose is the Bulls' MVP, I believe its Thibodeau. This time last year, the Bulls were fighting it out with the Raptors to get that 8th seed in the playoffs (not unlike the Suns current situation). Now they are the #1 seed. No contest.