The playoffs are finally set. As a huge NBA fan, I’m extremely excited for especially this part of the season. Let’s hope this year’s playoffs is better than last years with more thrills, drama, and heart in the game.
Before I make my predictions for the playoff series, I wanted to hand out the season awards! This season had plenty of memorable highlights such as Kobe’s game hitting winners and a Corey Brewer poster. Other than just game action highlights, lets highlight the the key factors that stood out this season.
Coach of the Year Award: Scott Brooks
This was a pretty tight race between Brooks and a few other notable coaches, but Brooks stood out most with his inexperience in coaching an NBA team, especially a young team. Scott knew how to keep the core of the Oklahoma City Thunder together to win games. Finally hitting the 50 game win mark on the last game of the season, Brooks and his Thunder team are finally heading to the playoffs which this team haven’t been in years. Brooks deserves a moment to shine especially when facing the power house Lakers in the first round. 8th seed = 50 wins?!?! Never seen that before!
Runner up – Scott Skiles
Easy to say, Howard is a monster on the boards and blocks. Averaging 13 re’s and nearly 3 blocks a game, it’s inevitable that Dwight would get this award. I remember Dwight averaging something similar last season also, and he won last year too. So why not give him the award this year? Make sense right?
Runner up – Gerald Wallace
Most Improved Player of the Year Award: Andrew Bogut
ESPN is ranking Aaron Brooks higher than Bogut. I totally think different. Look, Bogut has played nearly the same amount of time on the court as last year and Brooks has a +10 mins this season. Of course Brooks will get his chance to score more and shoot more when there isn’t a solid shooter and star on that team. Now onto Bogut. Andrew improved in blocks, points, and his leadership for the Bucks. Bogut may be finally living up to his number 1 overall name. Unfortunately, Andrew is seriously hurt after a gruesome injury recently. Best wishes to him, and I really hope he wins this award.
Runner up – Aaron Brooks
Sixth Man of the Year Award: Jamal Crawford
When you think of big shots, you think of Kobe Bryant. When you think of 4 point plays, Jamal HAS to come to mind. He leads the NBA in 4 point plays and he’s doing it off the bench. I still remember when Crawford was back in Chicago and he once scored that 50+ point game. That wasn’t too long ago. Now he’s a sixth man on a great young team where I believe have a shot at upsetting the top East teams. Jamal will be that X-Factor for the Hawks if they want to get through the playoffs strong.
Runner up – Anderson Varejao
He probably won’t get this award, but he definitely deserves it. For two big reasons. Yes, he brought the Bucks to the playoffs and no he didn’t do it alone, but with the help of Salmons and Bogut, yes I heard it many times. Thing is, Jennings is part of the reason why they ARE in the playoffs as a 6th seed in the first place. Secondly, he is practicly leading this team. He came into Milwaukee having huge shoes to fill since Redd was out. No one expected a breakout season by Bogut. The huge reason why Bogut is good is because Jennings is making him good. Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry are one man shows, rookies like to do that. But both of them are on a losing team. You come into the league to perform well, but to also win games, and that’s what Jennings is doing with a mediocre team.
Runner up – Tyreke Evans
Most Valuable Player Award: LeBron James
If you want a complete player, LeBron James is the answer. KD has many years to improve himself. (Even though he is having an incredible season). I hate to break it, but James would be snubbed if he didn’t get it again this season. His stats were similar to last season’s. Just that now, the Cavs have a much better record. I don’t need to explain a lot really, just watch a Cavs game and tunnel in on LeBron.
Runner up – Kevin Durant