Rookie of the Year- The 2011 draft had some good rookies, but only a few proved that they were special. Even though Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio spent a lot of their time on the injury list, they both showed flashes of them being elite guards in the future. Other high draft picks that played at a very low level like Enes Kanter, Bismack Biyombo, and Tristan Thompson probably need more time for development. Derrick Williams and Iman Shumpert seem to have a very bright future on their respected teams.
Winner: Kyrie Irving
Defensive Player of the Year- Since Dwight Howard has taken a toll this season, the award of DPOY has really opened up. The list of possible names are endless. Maybe Tyson Chandler, he did revive the Knicks defense. How about Lebron James? Lebron can guard the point guard position all the way to the power forward position at the highest level of defense. How about Luol Deng? He is the best defender on the Bulls, a team which has arguably the best defense in the NBA. Maybe Serge Ibaka the shot-blocka?
Winner: Lebron James
Most Improved Player- This is a hard one, only because injuries takes a big part in the decision. Jeremy Lin is an obvious candidate, a player who averaged 2.6 ppg last season has improved to averaged 14.6 ppg for this season. However, Lin has only played 35 games, which is almost 50% of the entire season. The NBA could also look at players that are proven and award them for their great progression, like last year's winner Kevin Love.
Winner: Ryan Anderson
Sixth Man of the Year- No competition.
Winner: James Harden
Coach of the Year- Most people feel reluctant to pick coach Thibodeau, mainly because there has never been a coach to win the award back-to-back. Gregg Pop and Erik Spo and of course Scotty Brooks have done a terrific job all year. It is basically a toss up between all four candidates.
Winner: Gregg Popovich
Most Valuable Player- This award is generally given to a player who is in the top two seeds of their conference. The top two seeds of both conference are: Bulls, Heat, Spurs, Thunder. That being said, only three players make it out of those teams. A lot of people have the discussion set at Durant or Lebron, but a lot of people seem to forget Tony Parker. Parker has helped the Spurs to the number one seed in the Western Conference with Manu injured for almost half the season. However, Lebron and Durant have both put up jaw-dropping numbers. The only thing that hurts Lebron from winning the award is the word "Valuable", having Wade on the Heat will hurt Lebron's chances of winning MVP for the third time.
Winner: Kevin Durant
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