The NBA Awards season is just around the corner. Here’s an updated look at the picks to win.
Rookie of the Year: Evan Mobley
This year’s NBA draft has been a solid class but I think it’s very clear who has been the best rookie this year. Evan Mobley has been dominant on both sides of the game. Usually, it takes time for rookies to understand how to play great defense at the beginning of their careers.
He has great court vision of where to be. His timing of blocking shots is already one the best. Mobley Averages 15.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and shooting 50.6 percent from the field. Evan Mobley will have a great career.
Coach of the Year: Taylor Jenkins
The Memphis Grizzlies have been a shocking great team this year. Right now they are the second seed of the Western Conference with a 49-23 record. I think Taylor Jenkins has put out a great offensive plan this entire year for them to exceed. Even when Ja Morant was out for weeks at the beginning of the year. He was able to figure it out without him. The Grizzlies are definitely a title contender this year.
Most Improved Player: Miles Bridges
Everyone I think would be surprised by the leap of what Miles Bridges has done this year. His first three seasons look like he would be a great role player for years to come. This year Miles has been an all-star caliber player, with his super crazy athletic abilities blocking shots and dunking over people.
Bridges even has great off-ball skills too. Getting open for alley-oops and giving his teammates screens for them to create plays. I think LaMelo and Miles will be a great combination for years to come.
Sixth Man of the Year: Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro is a player you wouldn’t complain about coming off your bench for the second unit. He’s got a great three-point shot. Can open plays up for his team. Wonderful ball-handling skills and passing. Soon after this season he may not be a bench player and could be a starter.
Taking Duncan Robinson’s spot being the shooting guard, Herro’s numbers have improved, averaging 20.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists. The Heat hit big on taking him in the NBA draft.
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Smart
I know this would be a surprise pick to some people. Marcus is one of the best defensive players at making big plans. Especially when the clock is ticking at the end of games. He can guard 1-5 positions. Great on-ball and off-ball defender. Gets you the steals and turns them into points. Doesn’t back down to anyone and is also best at flopping. Smart in ways reminds me of Dennis Rodman with his skills on defense. One of the most important pieces to the Celtics is Smart.
MVP: Ja Morant
There are definitely some players this year that could be called MVP over Ja. Like Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and etc. Ja at his age doing things he does is just different than any other player I’ve seen. He’s only 22 years old and averaging 27.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists. He’s got so many highlight reels of him blocking, dunking, and crossing people over. Also leading his team with the second-best record in the entire NBA. Nothing I think matches Ja with what he’s doing out there on the court.
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