Updated: Dec 15, 2020
The NBA season is about to start and everyone is making predictions for who they think will win each award, so I will make mine.
Starting off with the MIP (Most Improved Player) award. This is by far the hardest to predict because any player can just breakout. I think that Lonzo Ball will win this award. Put into an amazing situation in New Orleans, Lonzo Ball will continue to strive and grow. A healthy Zion Williamson will help Lonzo grow much faster. Lonzo Ball used to be criticized for his horrendous shooting form and percentages, but late in the season and in the off season improvement is really showing. At the end of the season Lonzo was shooting 38% which is above league average. Coincidentally, Ball's teammate Brandon Ingram has won the award this past season and now I think it's time for the pg to take the jump. The absence of Jrue Holiday will also see Ball getting more minutes. I think Ball will get closer to becoming all the hype that was around him.
Next up is the 6th Man of the Year award. I see newly acquired Portland Trail Blazer, Robert Covington winning this award. He gives Damian Lillard much more big man spacing and is a great defender, which is what Portland needs to develop. Covington only averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds, but I can see him getting 14 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. If he possibly starts my runner up would be Tyler Herro. He is another player who may start, but this is if he doesn't. Herro had a great rookie season and is so far living up to his 14th overall pick hype. Many overate Tyler Herro, but I could see him getting rookie season Ja Morant type numbers.
Next up is the Defensive Player of the Year award. lots of people say that Anthony Davis got robbed of the DPOY award because he averaged the most blocks in the league with 2.3 and 1.5 steals per game. The winner of this award was Giannas Antetokounmpo because he had the best advanced defensive stats by far. I think that Anthony Davis will have his best season of his career this year and possible even get better defensive stats, which would lock him at getting this award. Every NBA player that goes against Anthony Davis fears him. Head coach of the Lakers, Frank Vogel has said: “In my mind [AD] is Defensive Player of the Year. No disrespect to Giannis, but he just covers so much ground, and if you have smaller guys around him, you can just cover more ground.” I do not necessarily agree with him, but he does have a point.
Next up is the Coach of the Year award. Rick Carlisle led the Dallas Mavericks to the number 7 seed in the western conference and forced the Los Angelos Clippers to 6 games. Surprisingly the Mavericks also had the most efficient offense in the history of The NBA. If Carlisle can develop Luka into the MVP he is and get the Mavericks to a top 4 seed, I can easily see him winning this award.
Really one of the hardest award's to predict this season, is The NBA Rookie of the Year Award. This draft class was nothing complete special. There wasn't even one prospect who was going to be the obvious number one pick. James Wiseman only played three games in college and got drafted 2nd overall to the Golden State Warriors. Wiseman is seen to be the most NBA ready player and has an amazing fit with the Warriors. Wiseman gives the Warriors everything they need in rim protection and someone to help curry in the PnR game. I am picking James Wiseman because I believe that he will get the most opportunity to shine this season.
Last but certainly not least is the NBA's MVP (most valuable player) award. I think that there are three big candidates to win this award. I am not including Ginnas because the man wins too many regular season awards. My three players are Luka Doncic, Anthony Davis, and Jayson Tatum. I think the dark horse is Tatum, but if he makes his next big jump I can see him winning this. Anyway, I am choosing Anthony Davis to win the Award. Yes, I am picking him to win MVP and DPOY. Giannas did it this year, so why not again. I see LeBron giving AD more of the offense this season. That is why I am predicting 28.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. I really hope that he makes the biggest jump in his career and takes home another championship.
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