Handing out Miami Heat Team Awards Through the Season's First Quarter

Joshua Carroll@JoshmaniiiCorrespondent IIDecember 13, 2012

Handing out Miami Heat Team Awards Through the Season's First Quarter

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    Just a quarter of the way through the season and we've still got a lot of basketball left to enjoy before the end-of-the-year awards are handed out.

    Although we don't have the fancy hardware to give away, we've decided to hand out some Miami Heat team awards through the season's first quarter.

    I won't mention any names, but don't be too surprised to see a player or two take home multiple awards. 

    However, this award ceremony will keep you on the edge of your chair, and there will definitely be a few surprises along the way.

    Let's get started.

Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Bosh

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    As a team, the Heat defense has fallen off in comparison to last season and needs to be amped up sooner rather than later if Miami hopes to defend their title.

    That being said, many would expect to see LeBron James' name to pop up here, but even he has let up on his defensive intensity this year.

    Instead, the defensive player for the Heat this year has been none other than Chris Bosh.

    Bosh, averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds and a little over a block a game, has smoothly made the transition to center for the Heat.

    Although he's often times a mismatch on the offensive end, Bosh is usually undersized against the biggest guys in the league.

    He has become the anchor for this Heat defense, while he continues to get it done on the offensive end. 

    It would be no surprise to see James reclaim his defensive throne by the end of the season, but right now, it's Bosh who serves as the Heat's most important piece on D.

Offensive Player of the Year: LeBron James

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    You'd be hard pressed to argue against LeBron James here. 

    The man is averaging 25.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game, not to mention a block and a steal. He does it all for Miami.

    James has taken on more point-guard duties this season due to the acquisitions of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, and he's surpassed all expectations.

    LeBron has arguably been the most dominant force in the league this season, once again. 

    Needless to say, although the Heat do have two other superstars on the roster capable of creating their own shot, without James, Miami's offense would be much more stagnant.

    Thus far, offensive player of the year goes to King James.

Most Improved: Norris Cole

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    The Heat are deep enough to where they can have different guys step up each night. 

    This season, sometimes it's been Ray Allen, sometimes Mike Miller. But the most improved player for the Heat this season has been Norris Cole.

    The second-year player has taken no steps back this season, arguably outplaying Miami's starting point guard, Mario Chalmers.

    He is the team's best on-ball defender and backs down from nobody. 

    This young player's potential is through the roof, as he continues to improve while proving his naysayers wrong. 

Sixth Man: Ray Allen

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    If you had to choose the Heat's sixth man of the year coming into this season, it would have been smart to choose Ray Allen. 

    Miami brought him in to bring that spark off the bench for a team with one of the more impressive starting lineups in the league, and he's done just that.

    He averages 12.3 points, but more importantly, stretches the floor for two of the league's best slashers, James and Wade.

    Although he doesn't start the game, he often finishes it and will continue to do so thanks to his ability to hit big shot after big shot.

    Can't ask for much more than one of the best shooters in NBA history coming off your bench first. 

MVP: LeBron James

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    Not only has LeBron been the Heat's MVP this season, but arguably the entire league's.

    I hear you, I hear you. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant have both been playing impressive basketball as well and have their teams playing some great basketball.

    Luckily for us, we don't have to have this conversation quite yet, there's still a lot of season left.

    Nevertheless, there's no question that LeBron has been the Heat's best player thus far this year.

    Smoothly dominating night in and night out, let us not look past just how impressive a player James truly is.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again—with LeBron James leading the way, the Heat will always be contending for an NBA title.