|Kobe Bryant had 4 straight 40 |
point games earlier this month.
This one was tough, but we went by the poll mostly, and Kobe wins. You can't say he doesn't deserve it (4 straight 40 point games, leads league in Points per Game). I know we said Kobe shouldn't win it because he has Gasol and Bynum, but currently those guys aren't having their best years, so Kobe really did win some games alone.
Defensive Player of the Year: DeAndre Jordan
We were skeptical at first, but then we watched him play vs the Timberwolves. He is one of the few players who creates highlights on the defensive end.
Sixth Man of the Year: James Harden
We still can't figure out why he come soft the bench, but Harden is good shooter and is averaging 17 points off Scott Brooks' bench.
Most Improved Player: Ryan Anderson
Anderson has kind of came out of nowhere, but he is playing great. He rarely misses, but the thing about his baskets is that they're almost all swishes. He leads the league in 3's and is a breakout star for the Magic.
Coach of the Year: Frank Vogel
Frank Vogel has taken a team that under their last coach had a losing record and made them winners. It's really the same team, with the only additions being George Hill and David West. The difference between last year and this year? The coaching, which has everything to do with Vogel.
|Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota |
He did it. He silenced the skeptics. Ricky heard them all say he couldn't make it in the NBA, and decided to shut em all up. His one drawback was his shooting, which he has surprised all by improving. Easy choice.
Comeback Player of the Year: Rudy Gay
Gay was hurt last year, and it's scary to think what would have happened had he been 100% for their upset over the Spurs. He's playing great this year with Randolph out, and when that team is healthy, watch out.
Most Deproved Player: Deron Williams
Williams has steadily declined. He got traded to New Jersey, and now he's complaining that the team is bad and that's why they're losing. They're losing because their star player is a washed-up Deron Williams.
Biggest Surprise Team: Portland TrailBlazers
The TrailBlazers are fun to watch, man. They play good basketball, and despite everyone counting them out with the departure of Brandon Roy, they have risen to the challenge and won some games.
Biggest Disappointment Team: New York Knicks
The Knicks have one of, if not the weakest, Big 3's in the league. Tyson Chandler? They made Tyson Chandler their offseason treasure. FYI, he's not great. The Knicks have dropped 5 straight and aren't getting any better.
Deepest Team: Indiana Pacers
The Central Division has the 2 deepest teams in the whole league. The Pacers and the Bulls. We have a Pacer fan and a Bulls fan writing this. So this one was debated. But ultimately, the Pacers having 7 players averaging in double figures gets them the Deepest Team Award.
Dumbest Offseason Move: Mavericks letting Tyson Chandler go
I know, I know. I just talked about how Chandler wasn't great. but do you know what Chandler is? Better than Ian Mahinmi, the Mavs new starter at the 5. Letting Chandler go was the Mavs first step towards a bad year.
Best Performance: Dwight Howard
|Dwight Howard set an NBA|
record 39 free throw attempts.