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NBA Awards Predictions
MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Season stats: 27.7 PPG, 12.5 REB, 5.9 AST 1.3 STL, 1.5 BLK, 57.8% FG
Though James Harden has set the league ablaze with his incredible scoring, I give the edge to Giannis as a better all-around player. He leads his team in most major statistical categories and has taken the Bucks from a 44-win 7-seed to a 60-win 1 seed.
ROTY: Luka Doncic
Season stats: 21.2 PPG, 7.8 REB, 6 AST, 1.1 STL, 42.7% FG, 32.7% 3PT
It’s the same kind of reasoning here: Luka has been living up to the hype all year but Trae had a really good stretch at the end of the season. Luka also has a more versatile skill set. He has more potential to become that generational talent after a rookie year similar to LeBron’s rookie season.
6th Man: Lou Williams
Season stats: 20 PPG, 3 REB, 5.4 AST, 0.8 STL, 42.5% FG, 36.1% 3PT
To me, there’s really no debate for this award. There are a lot of really good bench players out there, but none of them quite measure up to Sweet Lou. He’s the best player on a team full of role players, even at age 32.
Most Improved: Pascal Siakam
Season stats: 16.9 PPG, 6.9 REB, 3.1 AST, 0.9 STL, 54.9% FG, 36.9% 3PT
Though D’angelo Russell has taken huge steps, it was expected of him at some point being the number 2 pick. Siakam, on the other hand, was a late first round pick who gets paid $1.5 million this season. He’s more than doubled his scoring average and improved in all major statistical categories.
COTY: Doc Rivers
The Clippers were expected to be in rebuild mode after the break up of Lob City. Their group of quality role players and no All-Stars earned 48 wins, one less than an OKC team led by 2 superstars.
DPOY: Giannis Antetokounmpo
This is the one award race that’s pretty wide open. I picked Giannis because of his versatility as a defender, being able to guard pretty much any player imaginable. However, there are probably 5 truly deserving candidates.
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