CFC 2012 NBA Awards

With the NBA regular season at it’s end, it’s time to honor the players and coaches that have be great and have deserved these awards. Also, I’ll be doing All NBA teams but saving that for another post. Here’s all of my picks for the NBA awards.

Rookie of the Year: Kyrie Irving

Once Ricky Rubio got injured for the rest of the season, it became clear that Irving was going to win this award. There have been other people like Kenneth Faried and Iman Shumpert who have had good rookie seasons but Kyrie Irving had his mediocre Cavs team in the playoff race until he got hurt. There were some questions if Irving was even going to be a good player, but as a rookie he averaged 18.4 points and 5.4 assists per game and is easily the Rookie of the Year.

6th man of the Year: James Harden

Another one that’s a for sure winner, I’m confident James Harden is winning this. Harden would be a starter on at least half of the other teams in the NBA and he provides a spark for the Thunder off the bench. Harden averaged 16.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 3.7 APG this season and the Thunder will miss him a lot if he can’t go due to Ron Artest’s elbow. You could go with Lou Williams or maybe Al Harrington for 6th man of the Year, but none of them are really close to Harden this year.

Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau

I know this is probably unlikely to happen because no coach has ever won Coach of the Year two years in a row, but I really think Tom Thibodeau deserves to win the award maybe even more than last year. Thibodeau’s star point guard and leader of the team, Derrick Rose, has only played 39 games this season yet they still finished the season with the best record in the East. They are still one of the top defenses in the league while playing CJ Watson and John Lucas at point guard. The award will probably go to Gregg Popovich, but Tom Thibodeau should win it.

Most Improved Player of the Year: Jeremy Lin

You could go several different ways with this award, but I think Jeremy Lin should win it. He may have only played a little over half of the season, but the time he did play and we went “Linsane” and he defintley looked improved from what he was last year. He had only made 28 career field goals with Golden State, had been playing in the D League, and then exploded into the league with the Knicks. I was torn between Lin and Ryan Anderson for this award, but I think it should go to Lin.

Defensive Player of the Year: Tyson Chandler

Dwight Howard has won Defensive Player of the year every season since 2009. Now, this trend will stop thanks to Tyson Chandler but maybe more because of Dwight himself. Dwight has left a sour taste in the mouths of many of the reporters that will be voting for this award, and in such a tight race this may cause them to lean towards Chandler. I think it could go either way, but I’m thinking that Tyson Chandler will win this award as the anchor of that Knicks defense.

MVP: LeBron James

All year we’ve looked for somebody to rise up so we don’t have to give this award to LeBron. We tried to hype up Kevin Durant against him and for a little while there was some CP3 for MVP hype. In reality though, LeBron is the MVP and has been all year. I don’t like how somebody can be the most valuable player when they play with Dwayne Wade but he’s playing the best basketball out of anyone. We’ll have to wait and see if he can win a championship but for now we’ll have to settle for him hoisting the MVP trophy.

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