Way-Too-Early Major NBA Award Predictions
The NBA season is in full swing, and the first week brought a share of surprises.
The No. 1 overall pick has already missed games due to a concussion. The Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown after a 1-4 start. Phil Jackson was rumored to fill that vacant spot, but instead the Lakers hired former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni.
With that said, this season should be a good one, and here are my way-too-early NBA predictions.
Coach of the Year: Mike Woodson
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The Knicks are currently 4-0 and are off to their best start since nearly two decades ago. Mike Woodson has done a good job with this team so far this year.
The Knicks are shooting much more efficiently and are also playing some solid defense. They have the best point differential in the NBA with a huge plus-17.0 point difference.
Mike Woodson and the Knicks are off to a hot start and look to continue this torrid pace for the rest of the season.
Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford
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Jamal Crawford previously won this award in 2010 when he played for the Atlanta Hawks, and so far it looks as if he will win it again this year.
Crawford has been one of the keys to the Clippers' offense this season. He is leading the Clippers in scoring with 20.3 points a game. He shoots the ball efficiently as well with a 50-percent mark from the floor and just over 41 percent from three-point range.
Up to this point in the season, Jamal Crawford looks to be the early front-runner for the award.
Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard
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The three time defensive player of the year is going to have to make room in his trophy case. Dwight Howard is having a good start for his new team early in the season.
He is averaging 2.4 blocks per game, which is just a touch above his career mark of 2.2 per game.
The Lakers are one of the most defensively efficient teams early on this season, and this is in large part thanks to Dwight Howard.
Rookie of the Year: Damian Lillard
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Anthony Davis was the No. 1 pick and a freak athlete coming out of Kentucky. Most experts said that he was the clear front-runner for Rookie of the Year without even having played in a single game.
Now that the season has started, Damian Lillard has shown that he could challenge Davis for that award. Lillard has averaged 18.8 points and 7.0 assists in his short NBA career.
If Lillard can keep at this steady pace throughout the season, he should be the obvious choice for Rookie of the Year.
Most Valuable Player: LeBron James
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What more can be said about LeBron James?
James is an all-around player who can score, distribute the ball and rebound. It's hard not to vote for someone year-in and year-out that has all of those tools.
James already has three MVP awards, and he is only 27 years old. He has won the award three out of the past four years and will most likely continue that pace of winning two or three MVPs every four years.
LeBron will walk away at the end of this NBA season with his fourth MVP award.