If the season ended today, who would be Most Valuable Player? Rookie of the Year? What about the Most Improved Player?
With the NBA all-star break upon us, let’s hand out some midseason hardware, while we look forward to the second half of the season.
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Kevin Durant
Season Stats : 30.6 Points Per Game
49% Field Goal Percentage
7.8 Rebounds Per Game
5.1 Assist Per Game
30.5 Player Efficiency Rating (PER)
This is a no brainer for me, Kevin Durant has been a Beast Offensively and Defensively for the Thunder. With All-Star Point Guard Russell Westbrook out until after the All-Star break, Kevin Durant has had an increased role for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant has put his team on his back even scoring his a career high 54 points on Friday night.
“That’s greatness,” Thunder Guard Royal Ivey said. “Another All-Star goes down, one of the key players, and he steps up and puts the team on his back. You’ve got to do that. He’s willing the team. Everybody’s following suit. That’s what great players do. He leads by example, but now he’s more vocal, so everybody’s following him
It’s still early in the Season so anything can happen, But as of now it’s Durant’s MVP award to lose.
Rookie of The Year (ROY) : Michael Carter-Williams
Season Stats : 17.5 Points Per Game
41% Field Goal Percentage
5.7 Rebounds Per Game
6.7 Assist Per Game
2.5 Steals Per Game
17.8 Player Efficiency Rating (PER)
I’ll go with Michael Carter-Williams barely over Victor Oladipo. He’s been the best rookie through the first half of the season thus far. He’s the rookie leader in scoring, assists, rebounds and steals. Injuries have slowed him down, but He’s still my pick for Rookie of the Year.
Defensive Player of the Year : Deandre Jordan
Roy Hibbert and Anthony Davis are really great defenders, however, I’m choosing Deandre Jordan for DPOY. He’s third in the NBA in blocks per game (2.4) and first in rebounding (13.5).
Defensive Win Shares
Roy Hibbert : 3.1
Deandre Jordan : 3.1
Anthony Davis : 1.5
Roy Hibbert : 93
Deandre Jordan : 97
Anthony Davis : 103
Roy Hibbert does have a higher Defensive Rating that Jordan but more than likely it’s because of the great team defense that the Indiana Pacers play.
Sixth Man of the Year : Jamal Crawford
Season Stats : 17.3 Points Per Game
40% Field Goal Percentage
29 Games off the Bench
15.4 Player Efficiency Rating (PER)
There’s really no Clear Cut candidate for Sixth Man of the year, I’ll give the nod to Crawford because he’s really carrying the Clippers Offensively with All Star Guard Chris Paul out with a Shoulder injury. If the Clippers plan on making it out of the first round, they need Crawford to play at a high level.
Most Improved Player : Arron Afflalo
The Orlando Magic have been terrible this year, but you can’t blame Arron Afflalo. He’s averaging a career high 20.9 points per game while playing 37.6 minutes per Game.
Arron Afflalo’s Player Efficiency Rating
Last year : 13.0
This Year : 18.4
Aaron Afflalo’s Points Per Game
Last Year : 16.5
This Year : 20.9
Coach of the Year : Jeff Hornacek (Phoenix Suns)
Hornacek has taken a team that was Projected to be a Lottery team and has put them into playoff contention. Jeff has a young team that shares the ball and makes the right play. They Defend Decently and they are running a very smart offense. Trail Blazers Coach Terry Stotts is the runner-up but he has Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge along with a group of good smart veterans that make the team better.
I Want to thank Everyone for reading this long Article. Hopefully we have a great second half of the season in store after a disappointing first half full of injuries.
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