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MVP

Who will Win: LeBron James

However, Kevin Durant should get consideration considering the Thunder won 50 games this season which is a 27 win improvement from last season. Durant led the NBA in scoring at 30.1, free throws made (756) and  free throws attempted (840). At 21-years old KD became the youngest player ever to lead the NBA in scoring. The last player was 22 -year-old Max Zaslofsky who led the league back in the 1947-1948 season. Durant also set a record of most most consecutive 25+ point games this season and had a +/- of plus 415. Durant is becoming an elite player in the league and will have a MVP in his future.

James; 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.7 threes, 50% FG, 76% FT, (76 games)

Durant: 30.1, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.6 threes, 1.02 blocks, 47% FG, 90% FT (82 games)

The Cavs led the NBA with 61 wins and 35 wins at home. James is the best player in the league right now and will be the third player to average 29, 8, 7 for a season. (Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan are the others). According to 82games.com, James led the NBA in “clutch” stats and led the league in fourth quarter points scored. It was the first time in his career he shot 50% from the field and averaged over 8 assists.

Defensive Player of the Year

My Pick: Dwight Howard

Howard led the NBA in defensive rebounds (9.7),  total rebounds (13.2) and blocks per game (2.8). Howard won the award last year and should win it again. The Magic allowed the fewest points in the paint (38.3) per 100 possessions. The Magic were best in opponents field goal % (.438) and allowed the 5th fewest points in the league (95.6). Howard was a big part of this and did not miss a game.

Rookie of the Year:

My Pick: Tyreke Evans

Evans became the 4th player  in history to average 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in their rookie season (Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Lebron James were the others and they each were named Rookie of the Year). Evans was also the only rookie to lead his team in points and assists.

Stephen Curry also excelled as a rookie and took advantage of the perfect situation. He gained steam due to his performance over the  past 29 games averaging  22. 1 points, 7.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds. Curry’s stats seem to be a bit inflated considering the Warriors led the NBA in shots per game and allowed the most points to opposing teams. For the season Curry averaged 17.5 points, 5.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds for the season. He is a still a great player and I wish the Knicks drafted him.

Most Improved Player:

My Pick: Aaron Brooks

In his third season Brooks set career highs in points (19.6), assists (5.3), rebounds (2.6) and  threes (2.6). Brooks was on a way to a breakout season after he showed his potential in the playoffs last year. In 13 postseason games he averaged 16.8 points and 3.4 assists. He took advantage of the right situation with an injured Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady being traded.

Coach of the Year:

My Pick: Jerry Sloan

Sloan has coached the Jazz since the 1988 season and has never won the Coach of the year Award. He has won 50+ games at least 14 times in his tenure. The Jazz won 53 games this season and have been one of the most consistent teams all year. Scott  Skiles and Scott Brooks have done excellent jobs this season but, I think it is time Sloan wins one. (Don Nelson won Coach of the Year, 3 times).

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