The NBA is a star-driven league, which is why fans value individual awards so highly. The Association’s most prominent figures consistently earn recognition, but the 2012-13 season has seen unexpected candidates emerge in each category.
With the year officially in the home stretch, we have a solid idea of who will contend for each honor. The surprise candidates aren’t necessarily the front-runners, but they all have a legitimate chance of winning an award.
Nothing is a lock when it comes to the NBA, but if a player can finish strong and stay consistent, he’ll improve his chances of taking home some hardware when the year comes to a close.