2016-2017 NBA Awards Predictions

This season has been absolutely spectacular. We’ve had AMAZING games, great story lines, historic stat lines, and so on. But which players and teams deserve top honors this season? I will include awards like game of the year,  and stat line of the year on top of your regular awards.

Rookie of the year

Dario Saric is the rookie of the year. Malcolm Brogdon is a very close second, in my opinion. Saric only started 36 out of the 81 games he played this year, but when he started he was spectacular. He averaged 17.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.4 apg on 43% shooting. Saric kept the 76ers competitive in a lot of games, especially after fellow rookie Joel Embiid got hurt as well.

Defensive player of the year

This was a very tough pick for me, but I’m going with the Stifle Tower, Rudy Gobert. Rudy dominated in the paint this season and I mean DOMINATED. Gobert was 5th in defensive rebounds, 1st in blocks, 1st in blocks per game, 6th in defensive rebound percentage, 1st in block percentage, 3rd in defensive rating. 1st in defensive win shares, and 3rd in defensive box plus/minus. He was the spearhead to Utah’s 3rd ranked defensive in the league.

Coach of the year

Coach Mike D’Antoni hasn’t got enough credit for what he’s done this year for Houston. He is my pick for coach of the year. Last season, the Rockets were 41-41, this season they are 55-27 and the 3rd seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets offense has been historic this season, especially from the 3 point line.

Most improved player

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic both have great cases. But Giannis should takes it easily for me. Giannis averaged (per game) 6 more points, .5 more blocks, .4 more steals, 1.1 more assists, 1 more rebound, 5% better on free throws, 2% better from the field, and 4% higher on his true shooting percentage. All of this whilst maintaining the same amount of minutes. For reference, Jokic is playing almost 7 more minutes than last year.

6th man of the year

Eric Gordon averaged 16.2 ppg for the Rockets, which was second in the league off the bench behind his teammate Lou Williams. Gordon has been amazing shooting the 3 ball all season shooting 37%. Gordon also finished 4th in the league in 3 point makes this season.

Most Valuable Player

My pick for MVP is James Harden. Harden put up insane numbers this year, averaging 29.1 ppg, 11.2 apg (led league), and 8.1 rpg, on 44-34-84 shooting splits. Harden also did all this while leading his team to 3rd in the West and the entire league. Although Russell Westbrook seems like the obvious pick for MVP, averaging a triple-double, Harden is two rebounds short of the same stat line whilst still producing more wins for his team.

Game of the year

The game of the year occurred on February 6th between the Cavaliers and the Wizards in D.C. This was an extremely close game throughout. But the real fireworks started in the 4th quarter, both teams were trading basket after basket after basket. Neither team led by more than 5 points after 6 minutes left in the 4th. With about 4 seconds left, LeBron uncharacteristically missed a layup from point-blank range. After the missed layup, John Wall gets fouled and makes two free throws to go up 120-117. Then… LeBron did this  The Cavs would win in overtime after Kyrie Irving hit a 3 from the same spot he did in the finals.

Stat line of the year

James Harden against the Knicks put up the most points ever in a triple double. Listen to this stat line guys… 53 points, 16 rebounds, 17 assists on 53-56-88 shooting splits. In total he accounted for 95 of the Rockets 129 points that game. That’s insane, but just to play devils advocate Harden did turn the ball over 8 times.

All NBA Teams

1st Team

G: Russell Westbrook

G: James Harden

F: Kawhi Leonard

F: LeBron James

C: Rudy Gobert

2nd Team

G: John Wall

G: Steph Curry

F: Jimmy Butler

F: Anthony Davis

C: Karl Anthony Towns

3rd Team

G: Isaiah Thomas

G: Kyrie Irving

F: Paul George

F: Kevin Durant

C: DeMarcus Cousins

All Rookie Teams

1st Team

Malcolm Brogdon

Buddy Hield

Jaylen Brown

Dario Saric

Joel Embiid

2nd Team

Yogi Ferrell

Jamal Murray

Brandon Ingram

Marquese Chriss

Willy Hernangomez

All Defense Teams

1st Team

G: Patrick Beverly

G: Andre Roberson

F: Kawhi Leonard

F: Draymond Green

C: Rudy Gobert

2nd Team

G: Chris Paul

G: Tony Allen

F: Kevin Durant

F: Paul Millsap

C: DeAndre Jordan

Be sure to catch the inaugural NBA Awards on TNT, airing Monday, June 26, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The event, hosted by Drake will be held at Basketball City in New York City.


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