NBA Awards Picks

A Fan's Picks for NBA Regular Season Awards

4/24/12 in NBA   |   lukitoc   |   7 respect

With just three more nights of regular season basketball left, I have had most of this abbreviated season to determine who my regular season award winners are. With that in mind, here are my picks:

April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA;  Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dribbles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) in the fourth period at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
 
Most Valuable Player: LeBron James
There are only two legitimate candidates for MVP this year: Lebron James and Kevin Durant. Durant and James have led their teams to identical 46-18 records thus far, with James appearing in 62 games to Durant’s 64. Both players are shattering their career highs in field goal percentage by more than two percent and are in the midst of their best seasons. While it would be easy to overvalue James’ supporting cast, Chris Bosh and an oft-injured Dwyane Wade are pretty much a wash against James Harden, block leader Serge Ibaka, and a much improved Russell Westbrook. Furthermore, James has continued to deliver even when asked to play any position from point guard to power forward. Look for him to win his third MVP, putting him in the company of Moses Malone and the widely regarded top six all-time of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan.
 
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyson Chandler
Ever since Chandler’s emergence as a defensive force throughout Dallas’ championship run last year, the media has taken notice and has hyped him up to the point that he just may win his first DPOY award. If he does, it would be well-deserved as the Mavs have looked like a different team without Chandler, though Dirk Nowitzki’s lack of conditioning early on could have something to do with it as well. Still, Chandler infused some semblance of a defensive mentality into his team under Mike D’Antoni and proceeded to simply dominate at that end of the floor with a more defensive-minded coach in Mike Woodson. The combination of Dwight Howard missing games and having won the award for three consecutive years certainly helps Chandler’s case. Tony Allen also deserves mention as he is the best perimeter defender in basketball by a pretty fair margin. However, perimeter players rarely win this award and his 26.4 minutes per game average gives him pretty much no chance of doing so. 
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview

4/25/12   |   lukitoc   |   7 respect

I agree that Bradley's improved a lot as a player especially on the offensive end. Heck, I thought that he should've stayed with the Horns for another year, but he seems to be carving out a role for himself in this league. Still, it is tough to give the MIP award to a player who's averaging less than 8ppg, since it seems to be more of a matter of opportunity than improvement (though Bradley certainly has a case for improvement). Also, it is always more impressive to have a 6 or 7 ppg jump in scoring when going from something like 10 to 16 ppg rather than from 2 to 8 ppg or something. I did consider Ryan Anderson, Ersan Ilyasova, Paul George, and even Kevin Love as well and really wouldn't have a problem with the award going to Anderson or Ilyasova.

4/25/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13216 respect

Pat wrote:
I like most of these picks, but I'd like to submit Avery Bradley for consideration for the Most Improved Player. Bynum has been great, but he was always pretty damn good, he just really couldn't stay healthy. Bradley, on the other hand, has developed from an offensively impotent defensive specialist to a viable starter, replacing a legend in Ray Allen. Also, he's turned into a legitimate scorer. His development this year has been truly remarkable.

That's The Homer In You Talking Pat. Avery = Inconsistent (At Times). Just Saying.

4/24/12   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

I like most of these picks, but I'd like to submit Avery Bradley for consideration for the Most Improved Player. Bynum has been great, but he was always pretty damn good, he just really couldn't stay healthy. Bradley, on the other hand, has developed from an offensively impotent defensive specialist to a viable starter, replacing a legend in Ray Allen. Also, he's turned into a legitimate scorer. His development this year has been truly remarkable.