Predicting 2014/15 Awards

Well the preseason is behind us and the regular season starts on Tuesday. I’d like to break down each of my predictions for who I pick for end of season awards.

Most Valuable Player

Lebron James: Kevin Durants injury paved the way for Lebron to pick up his 5th MVP award. A return to Cleveland sparked the creation of Lebron’s second “super team” and to me, this team will surpass what Miami was able to accomplish. Lebron will continue to get his stats but what I believe will stick out most for him this year is how he leads this team and how they bring it all together. (Stats Prediction: 25.5ppg, 7rpg, 7apg)

Honourable Mentions: Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, DeMar DeRozan

Rookie of the Year

Andrew Wiggins: While I believe Jabari Parker will have a better season statistically, I don’t think Wiggins will be that far behind. Couple that with the Wolves having a better season overall and I think Wiggins will take home the ROY award. Wiggins will get his name in the headlines all season long as part of the “Bounce Bros” as well as having a better overall team surrounding him and a point guard that will love getting him the ball. Wiggins will have the green light from day one and won’t let us down. (Stats: 18ppg, 4.5rpg, 2apg)

HM: Jabari Parker, Elfrid Payton, Nerlens Noel

Most Improved Player

Jonas Valanciunas: The big man in Toronto is ready to put it all together and have a break out year resulting in an All-Star appearance. Jonas had a nice year last year statistically (11ppg and 9rpg) but he was foul prone which took him out of games as well as struggled to stay consistent. After a great appearance at the FIBA World Cup as well as the invaluable playoff appearance last year I think he can make the leap into the discussion of top big men in the league. (Stats: 15ppg, 11rpg, 2bpg)

HM: Victor Oladipo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah: With the addition of Pau Gasol and the return of Derrick Rose, Noah will be able to concentrate more on being a defensive stud this season. Add in Tom Thibideau’s defensive genius and I think we have back to back awards going to Joakim Noah (Stats: 11ppg, 12.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, 2bpg)

HM: Serge Ibaka, Lebron James, Andrew Bogut

Sixth Man

Taj Gibson: Sixth man awards don’t usually go to defensive minded players however I think Gibson will have a bigger role coming off the bench than any other 6th man in the league. He is able to score points off of energy plays and that is imperative of a sixth man. His energy on defense and tenacity on the boards will bring home this award for him.  (Stats: 10ppg, 8rpg, 1.5bpg)

HM: Jamal Crawford, Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala

Coach of the Year

Dwane Casey: This is the year that the Raptors break through and really make some noise and that will bring attention to Casey and the work he’s done with this young group of players. Dwane has brought a defensive mindset to a team that struggled in that category before he got there. The Raptors were the only playoff team in the Eastern Conference in the top 10 in both offense and defense last year and I think they will improve on that this year.

HM: Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr

First Team All-NBA

G – Russell Westbrook

G – Stephan Curry

F – Lebron James

F- Anthony Davis

C – Dwight Howard

Second Team All-NBA

G – Chris Paul

G – DeMar DeRozan

F – Carmelo Anthony

F – Blake Griffin

C – Demarcus Cousins

Third Team All-NBA

G – Derrick Rose

G- James Harden

F – LaMarcus Aldridge

F – Kevin Durant

C – Al Jefferson

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