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THE SEASON IS OVER... THE AWARD GOES TO?

KEVIN BOISCLAIR
MARCH 24, 2020  ·  21H51
A couple weeks ago, the NBA suspended its campaign with a little more than 15 games still to play in the regular season. While we may have the playoffs after the epidemia, I am really not confident that the league will pursue his regular season due to a lack of time. Remember that we don't know when the virus will be gone and you have to do the playoffs, the offseason (signing players, draft, summer camp, training) and then go on to the 2020-21 season. With that said, let's predict which players are going to win the awards this year! In every section, there will be a winner and one or two honorable mentions as the second and third choices.

MVP (Most valuable player)

Winner: Giannis Antetokounmpo, forward, Milwaukee Bucks: He is no doubt in my mind the winner of this trophy. Giannis is by far the best player on his team, which is also the best in the league, big thanks to him. The Greak Freek was averaging 29.6 points per game with 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists in only 31 minutes played each game. He also found a way to get a steal and a block a night. Giannis was clearly the most valuable to his team not only on the offensive side of the court but also on the defensive side. His athleticism and his imposing physique make him almost impossible to stop. Also, since his arriving in the league, he worked a lot on his playmaking ability and his shot. If you are a fan of advanced stats, he has an edge on most of the other players in almost every statistic. The Greece native is only 25, so still a lot of room to grow as he'll probably get his second MVP in a row. Now, he has to prove he can push in the playoffs and make it to the finals.

Honorable mentions: LeBron James, forward, Los Angeles Lakers: The King is 35 and showing he is still the best player in the league. James was leading the Lakers to a first seed in the Western Conference for the first time in a while. He was also the leader in assists per game (10.6), while still doing everything else on the court.

Luka Doncic, guard, Dallas Mavericks: I truly believe he earns it a little more than James Harden, even if the guy is putting up a litle more than 34 points a night. Doncic in his second year is leading the Mavericks to a 7th seed when nobody in the beginning of the year saw them there. He's a great playmaker and scorer who's showing a whole lot of potential. I can see Giannis, Luka and Zion being the big names of the next generation after LeBron, Durant and Curry.



ROY (Rookie of the year)

Winner: Ja Morant, guard, Memphis Grizzlies: The point guard out of Murray State has been an absolute machine since his debut. He's the leader of his team which, just like Luka, nobody saw in the playoffs. In fact, they were supposed to be one of the worst teams in the league. but if the league decided to go at it already, they'd be in. Morant is averaging 17.6 points a game, while getting 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds. He may be small but he still goes hard every play and is not scared to attack the paint. A true talent, he's the next franchise player in Memphis if he decides to stay there. *Zion Williamson couldn't win the award since he didn't play enough games.

Honorable mention: Kendrick Nunn, guard, Miami Heat: The undrafted 24-year-old was prety impressive this year, mostly at the beginning of the season. Nunn was a surprise for everybody, remember that he was cut from the Golden State Warriors before the 2019-20 season (pretty sure they are currently regretting that decision). The guy is putting up a little more than 15 points a game and is one of the reasons the Heat are 4th in the Eastern Conference.

MIP (Most improved player)

Winner: Brandon Ingram, forward, New Orleans Pelicans: This one was a little harder than the other ones. I decided to go with Ingram because of the Anthony Davis trade. The Lakers thought it was a better idea to keep Kyle Kuzma instead fo Lonzo Ball and Ingram. This season, the two players were proving the Lakers management wrong by showing way more potential and skills than Kuzma. Brandon Ingram went from 16 points a game to 24 and is averaging one more assist and rebound than his first three seasons. While he wasn't bad at all in Los Angeles, he's a guy who was lighting up and showing his true potential as a future All-star player. The future looks very good in New Orleans with Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes who still has a lot to prove and Lonzo Ball. This team is built and only needs time to become an unstoppable force.

Honorable mentions: Jayson Tatum, forward, Boston Celtics: If he wins the award, I won't be mad about it. The guy has shown the same kind of stats as Ingram did but he also improved his defense a lot. He went from an average defender to an elite one. Everybody thought, going into the year, that this would be Kema Waler's team but Tatum has proved everybody wrong. An All-star caliber player who also has a lot of potential.

Devonte' Graham, guard, Charlotte Hornets: His name has to be on the list. The North Carolina product went from 12 points a night to 18 and 5 assists to 7. He may not shoot the ball efficiently (38,2%,) but that is only because he's the leader of the offense when he shouldn't. Graham could be an amazing bench player for a team or a third option.

DPOY (Defensive player of the year)

Winner: Rudy Gobert, center, Utah Jazz: I am really not the type of guy to judge a player by his advanced stats, but this time, they say it all. Gobert is the best inside defender in the league and by far. Nobody gets it when he's in there. He may not be as versatile as Anthony Davis, but the guy is getting as much rebounds as Antetokounmpo (13.7) and is getting 2 blocks a night. I'll say it again, see the advanced stats and you'll understand the choice over his competition. *I would have gone with Antetokounmpo but since they didn't give it to him last year because he won the MVP, I won't take any chances

Honorable mention: Anthony Davis, forward, Los Angeles Lakers: It was a hard one. As I said earlier, Davis is way more versatile, he can be on a guard, a forward or a center and still get the job done while dominating offensely. The fact is Gobert simply has more impact ont this side of the court.

Sixth man of the year

Winner: Dennis Schröder, guard, Oklahoma City Thunder: The german-native has 19 points a game with 3.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He does it pretty efficiently at 47% from the field and 38% from the three line. He's part of the guard trio with Shai-Gilgeous Alexander and Chris Paul, who brings so much success to OKC. They are the 5th seed in the Western Conference and more competitive than ever, even with the loss of Russell Westbrook and Paul George during the offseason. There were a lot of guys in the talks, but Schröder stepped up and secured the award.

Honorable mentions: Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, guard and center, Los Angeles Clippers: The both of them should get their name up there. They are some of the most important pieces of the team, except for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers have the deepest lineup in the league and both these players are the reasons why.

Derrick Rose, guard, Detroit Pistons: The former MVP of the league has really found back his groove after his terrible injury. He was getting 18.1 point a game and 5.6 assist with 49% from the field. Rose was one of the members of the Pistons that made them exciting to watch and was one of their best players.

COY (Coach of the year)

Winner: Nick Nurse, Toronto Raptors: With Kawhi Leonard leaving for the Clippers this summer, we thought the Raptors were never going to be as good as last year, maybe a 6th or 7th seed. They proved us wrong and are currently the 2nd seed with a 46-18 record. It gets more impressive when you realize some key players were injured in the progress of the season (Siakam, Lowry, Powell, Ibaka, Gasol and Vanvleet). Nurse is showing he is an elite coach in his second year, after winning a championship in his first.

Honorable mention: Frank Voghel, Los Angeles Lakers: In the replacement of Luke Walton, Voghel did great with his lineup. Especially because nobody certified their place on the starting lineup after Davis, James and Kuzma. Great switches to get some great chemistry going.

Executive of the year

Winner: Lawrence Frank, Los Angeles Clippers: He added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to the team, what else is there to say? He also traded for Marcus Morris at the trade deadline to make his team as legit and as ready as possible for the playoffs.

Honorable mention: Sam Presti, Oklahoma City Thunder: Yes, Russell Westbrook and Paul George are gone. If you look at it the other way, they have 15 first-round picks in the next 7 years and that, while adding young talent to the team in Shai-Gilgeous Alexander and a veteran leader in Chris Paul. Even with their two franchise players gone, the Thunder stayed competitive this year and were the clutchest team in the league. A young, calm and determined lineup with a wild rebuild coming up.
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