NBA Awards finalist have been announced and predictions for winners have once again been made

The NBA Awards finalist have been announced. Now I made my predictions for the Awards already once, you can check them out here. Im not that far off but somethings have changed since the playoffs started. The NBA has released the finalist for every award and you can see them below but I took it another step further. Some people say you shouldn’t include the playoffs in awards races but I beg to differ. So I made my predictions on if you just look at the regular season and if you look at the regular season + postseason. Please like and share this post and I hope you enjoy

Kia NBA Most Improved Player

  • Clint Capela, Houston Rockets
  • Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets
  • Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers

Regular Season Winner: Victor Oladipo

Regular Season + Post Season Victor Oladipo

I’m not knocking Clint Capela but he is no Victor Oladipo. Oladipo elevated his game to another level in the regular season as he went from a role player to a bonafide star in this league and it only got better in the playoffs. The Pacers and Oladipo gave LeBron and company a run for their money and threatened their NBA Finals streak in an amazing series that showcased this young and promising Pacers team and solidified Victor Oladipo as the Star he was always destined to be.

Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year

  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Regular Season: Rudy Gobert

Regular Season + Post Season= Anthony Davis

All 3 of these guys have claim to this award. If you just look at the body of work it would be easy to say Anthony Davis but Rudy Gobert put in some work in the regular season. He contributed to that turn around the Jazz had this season just as much as Mitchell and clearly should win if you just count the Regular season. But if you look at the post season then things might change a little. Rudy Gobert game was consistent but Anthony Davis game elevated and that’s why if they look at work put in, in the post season I feel like Anthony Davis will take home the award.

 

Kia NBA Sixth Man Award

  • Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
  • Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
  • Lou Williams, LA Clippers

Regular Season: Lou Williams

Regular + Post Season: Lou Williams

This is still a no brainer. IDC about Eric Gordon’s game last night, his full body of work hasn’t been that impressive like last year. Fred is solid but he is no Lou Williams. Lou Williams had a great year all year with the Clippers whether he was starting or coming off the bench. Neither of the other 2 can match even though they were in the post season.

*NBA Coach of the Year

  • Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors
  • Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz
  • Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics

Regular Season: Brad Stevens

Regular + Post Season: Brad Stevens

I’m not knocking the other 2 coaches but I still feel it’s disrespectful that Brad Stevens didn’t get a single vote. Maybe it’s because 1 team had an outstanding rookie and the other was just doing what they always do until they meet LeBron in the playoffs(LeBron owns the Raptors). No one thought Snyder and the Jazz would be this good or even make it out the first round (I did) but they played way above expectations. But Brad Steven did something special. The Celtics didn’t lose just 1 superstar but 2 and they still grabbed the 2nd seed in the playoffs and they are giving the Cavs a run for their money. You can’t name me a lot of teams or coaches that can elevate their game like this while losing superstars to injury over the season. Brad Stevens may not have the votes but he should be the favorite to win this award. At least he has 2 wins over LeBron in the post season. Can Dwane Casey say that?

*Kia NBA Rookie of the Year

  • Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
  • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Regular Season: Donovan Mitchell/ Ben Simmons (Co- ROTY)

Regular Season+ Post Season: Donovan Mitchell

The ROTY race is very entertaining. The back and forth hoorah between Mitchell and Simmons was fun to watch but if you look at both of their work in the regular season than in my opinion it would be hard to just give the award to just 1  when they should be Co ROTY. Stuff like this is why I feel the Post season should be evaluated as well in making the decision. If we include the playoffs then no doubt in my mind Mitchell should win this award. A rookie took the fight to 3 all stars in the first round and knocked them out. Ben Simmons had a good performance in the playoffs as well but it wasn’t better than Mitchells. I feel bad for Tatum. He is balling in the playoffs and just showed up late to the party. If he would have showed out more in the regular season as well then they would probably have to find a way to split this award 3 ways. But instead it’s all Donovan Mitchell. It’s been his award since his historic performance in round 1.

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player

  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Regular Season: LeBron James

Regular Season + Post Season: LeBron James

I’m not ignoring James Hardens body of work but it doesn’t have sh*t on LeBron’s (I’m a fan of basketball not just LeBron but go ahead and pour in the bronsexual marks). Even without James Harden this Rockets team is good but if you take LeBron off the Cavs then they suck. LeBron has contributed to the Cavs success more than any other player in the league has for their team. He is the MVP. His numbers show it. He shouldn’t have to put in the body of work that he does but he do it without complaining and never throws his teammates under the bus for playing bad. LeBron is the MVP regular and post season combined. Sorry James Harden I think you’re going to get robbed once again for this award but at least you have a chance to win Finals MVP if you make it to the Finals.

 

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