As the league slowly starts releasing it’s awards, starting with the All-Rookie teams today, there’s no time better than to put forth my picks for every single National Basketball Association award. These awards will solely be based off of regular season play with the playoffs having absolutely zero impact, which is how it should be.
MVP: James Harden of the Houston Rockets
Harden lead the Houston Rockets to the top seed in the league, and the only team to clear the 60-win threshold. His playing style might be questionable, and far from pure basketball due to his tendency to draw fouls by hold the defenders hand or flop, however, the impact he has on the offensive end is unquestionable. After-all, he eclipsed the 30-point mark with a shade under nine assists per contest. LeBron James & Anthony Davis were the runner ups.
ROY: Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz
It isn’t often that a rookie is the focal point of a team that seemingly was ready to take a step back and retool to the playoffs. Mitchell did just that as the wing man scored 20.5 points in Salt Lake City with a repertoire unseen from a first year player in quite some time. Ben Simmons was the runner up.
DPOY: Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans
Davis had another superb year, blocking 2.6 shots a night while netting 1.5 steals per game. Even after DeMarcus Cousins went down for the season, Davis controlled the paint as he had done all season, propelling New Orleans to the playoffs. The fact that his opposition shot 7% worse from the field when guarded by him also plays a part. Runner up was Joel Embiid
6MOY: Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers
Yes, Lou Gotti started 19 games for the injury riddled Clippers this past season, however, that doesn’t disqualify him from his rightful victory of the years best sixth man. As a reserve, he averaged 21.8 points to go with 5.3 assists per game, while hitting 44% of his shots and 35% from range. Eric Gordon was the runner up.
MIP: Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets
Keith Atkinson’s side is looking at a young rebuild and they found a silver lining in Dinwiddie, who put doubled his assists and scored over five more points per game from a year prior, with a six minute increase in playing time per outing. Averaging more than four assists per turnover as well. Victor Oladipo was runner up.
COY: Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz
The mentality that Snyder has drilled into the Jazz is superb, as a side that seemed destined for a rebuild after Gordon Hayward bolted out, ended up as the fifth seed in a tightly contested Western Conference, going 29-6 after a 19-28 start. Not only did he guide the Jazz from the abysmal start, his coaching prowess was vital in the development of Mitchell throughout the season. Brad Stevens and Nate McMillan were runner ups.
EOY: Daryl Morey
Morey did a spectacular job acquiring non-guaranteed contracts to facilitate the Chris Paul trade, and followed it up with signing defensive minded role players to make up for Harden’s lack of defense in PJ Tucker and Luc Richard MBah A Moute. Danny Ainge was runner up.