NBA Season Ending Awards Ballot

With the 2011-2012 NBA regular season almost in the books, it’s time to unveil the season ending awards.

MVP – LeBron James, Miami Heat
- This year’s race between James and Kevin Durant is one of the closest I can remember and it wouldn’t surprise me if Durant won it. That said, James is having not only one of his best years, but one of the best years in league history. James is averaging 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists a game this year and tops the league in PER. The Heat have played without Wade for 13 games this year and in those games the Heat are 12-1.

Rest of the ballot:
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
4. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
5. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

Rookie of the Year – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Irving has missed nine games in the month of April for the Cavs and at this point, it’s likely they may just shut him down for the rest of the season. But the #1 pick was sensational in his rookie year averaging 18.5 ppg in addition to 5.5 apg. Irving’s case for ROY was helped greatly when Ricky Rubio went down for the year with a torn ACL. Irving was the MVP of the Rookie/Sophomore game during All-Star weekend, and his consistency throughout the year lands him this year ROY award.

Rest of the ballot:
2. Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
3. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
4. Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons
5. Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings

Sixth Man of the Year – James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Perhaps the easiest award this year is the sixth man. Harden had a breakout season averaging a career-high 16.8 ppg for one of the best teams in the NBA. He is OKC’s third best player, but is extremely versatile and fills a variety or roles for the team.

Rest of the ballot:
2. Lou Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
3. Al Harrington, Denver Nuggets

Defensive Player of the Year - Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
- Despite Howard’s recent back injury, the Magic big man is an easy choice for Defensive POY. Howard averages over 2.0 blocks a game in addition to averaging 1.5 steals a game – making him the only player in the NBA to currently do so. The Magic have the NBA’s 4th best scoring defense and Howard is a huge reason why.

Rest of the ballot:
2. LeBron James, Miami Heat
3. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder

Most improved player – Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic
- Anderson has always been an intriguing player because of his height (6’11”), and his ability to hit the outside shot. However, few could have predicted Anderson’s breakout season this year. After averaging just over 10 ppg last season for the Magic, Anderson improved his scoring by almost 6 points a game up to 16. He also increased his rebounds by two/game, averaging 7.6 rpg this year. But where Anderson has made his mark is the triple. Anderson leads the NBA in three-pointers made and attempted, hitting just under 40%. With Dwight Howard’s status with the organization up in the air, there’s no reason to think Anderson won’t have an even greater impact on the Magic next season.

Rest of the ballot:
2. Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
3. Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks

Coach of the year – Greg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
- Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The San Antonio Spurs are closing in on a potential one seed in the west. The best way I can describe the Spurs are that they are the NBA’s equivalent of the Peyton Manning Colts teams. Every year people would say the Colts were too old, and that this was the end of the line for them. Well, there I was before the season saying “Man, I don’t know if the Spurs can do a whole lot this year.” Fast-forward to April and there they are, sitting atop the Western Conference. What Gregg Popovich has done and continues to do with this team is nothing short of amazing. They aren’t flashy and don’t make many appearances on Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays, but the Spurs are one of the closest examples to a dynasty the NBA has seen.

Rest of the ballot:
2. Frank Vogel, Indiana Pacers
3. Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls

Best Individual Performance – Raijon Rondo, triple double, 3/4/12 vs. Knicks
- Simply put, Rondo is one of the most unique players the NBA has ever seen. His court vision is second to none as evidence by his 23 straight double-digit assist games. Nowhere was his all-around game more evident than on March 4th against the Knicks. The do-it-all point guard put on a clinic to the tune of 18 points, 20 assists & 18 rebounds as the Celtics defeated the Knicks on a Sunday afternoon in Boston. The last player to record a triple-double with at least 17 in each category was Magic Johnson in 1989.

Rest of the ballot:
2. Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets: 57 pts (including 21-21 FTs) on 3/4/12 against the Bobcats
3. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves: 51 pts, 14 rebounds on 3/23/12 against the Thunder

Best Game – Thunder def. Timbervolves 149-140 in 2OT – 3/23/12
- The best game of the year also provided fantasy lovers everywhere with some crazy stat lines. Kevin Love dropped a cool 51 and 14 including hitting a game-tying three toward the end of regulation. But it wasn’t enough as Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 45 points and Kevin Durant “chipped in” with 40 points and 17 rebounds. It was the highest scoring game of the year. The Wolves seemed to have control in the first OT up five with 46 seconds left, but a three ball from Durant tied the game up with 10 seconds left. The Thunder went on to pull away in the second OT to win the most exciting game of the season.

Rest of the ballot:
2. Thunder defeat Nuggets 124-118 in OT – 2/19/12
3. Lakers defeat Grizzlies 116-111 in 2OT – 3/13/12

First team All-NBA
PG: Chris Paul
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: LeBron James
PF: Kevin Durant
C: Dwight Howard

Second team All-NBA
PG: Russell Westbrook
SG: Dwayne Wade
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: Kevin Love
C: Andrew Bynum

Third team All-NBA
PG: Raijon Rondo
SG: Paul Pierce
SF: Josh Smith
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Pau Gasol

Filed under: 4th Phase, Bear Down

Tags: LeBron James, MVP, NBA

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  • I created an account just to ask this...how do you have Tony Parker as an MVP candidate but not even on your All NBA 3rd Team?

  • In reply to DataQue:

    Who out of Paul, Westbrook and Rondo would you take out? Parker, with the exception of Paul, is more valuable to his team than either Rondo or Westbrook.

  • I see what you are saying. It just reminds me of Aaron Rodgers winning the NFL MVP in BLOWOUT FASHION. But not taking home offensive player of the year over another QB. Did I miss Rodgers running back a few punts or palying some cornerback? I'm not even a Packers fan. I just dont these awards sometime.

  • Its like you can only when the MVP if you are on a good team that wins...but if the team is too good, i.e. Westbrook, Harden...it makes you look bad (Durant) and takes your votes. Then you can get votes by being the best player on your already good team(Parker) But not even be in the top 3 or 4 (could put Rose or D. Williams over Parker)at your own damn position. I do have Lebron as the MVP though.

  • In reply to DataQue:

    No I completely understand. The MVP Award has turned into a farce. It's not given to the person that is most "valuable" to their team. Like you said, it's given to the best player on a high seeded playoff team.

    To be honest, I think Love should get it. In terms of value, I'm not sure anyone matches his. Take away him from the Timberwolves, and they would have 10-15 wins this year whereas if you take away Durant, LeBron or Parker, their teams are still playoff teams.

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