Sixth Man of the Year
Candidates: Craig Smith, Rodney Carney, Brian Cardinal.
Winner: Craig Smith. Averaging 10.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG and 1.1 APG. Smith scored in double figures 40 games out of 74, and scored over 15 points in 20 games. Shooting over 50 percent in his career, Craig Smith is the sixth Man of the Year.
Rodney Carney was a close second.
Most Improved Player
Candidates: Rodney Carney, Randy Foye, Craig Smith, Sebastian Telfair.
Winner: Randy Foye. Last year, Foye averaged 16.3 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.1 RPG, 1.0 SPG, and shot 40 percent from the field. The year before, Foye averaged 13.1 PPG, 4.2 APG, 3.3 RPG, and 0.9 SPG.
Foye's averages have increased aside from rebounding. He had 41 games in which he scored more than 15 points, had 20 games in which he scored at least 20 points, and three games in which he scored over 30 points.
Randy Foye scored double digits in 55 games in which he played. I present the Most Improved Player award to Randy Foye.
Craig Smith was second, Telfair was third.
Defensive Player of the Year
Candidates: Randy Foye, Al Jefferson, Corey Brewer, Mike Miller.
Winner: Al Jefferson. Al Jefferson is not the typical defensive forward, but the numbers do not lie. Averaging 11.0 RPG (7.5 Defensive rebounds), 1.70 BPG, and 0.8 SPG, Al Jefferson has no major competition on the Timberwolves roster.
Randy Foye was a close second with 1.0 SPG, and 0.4 BPG. Corey Brewer would have won this award if he played at least half the season. Mike Miller was third.
Rookie of the Year
Candidates: Kevin Love, Bobby Brown
Winner: Kevin Love. Does this really need explanation?
Bobby Brown was not a close second, and yet he did show signs of talent.
Candidates: Al Jefferson, Randy Foye, Mike Miller
Winner: Al Jefferson. The leading scorer with 23.1 PPG. The leading rebounder with 11.0 RPG, and leading shot blocker with 1.7 BPG.
This is really a no-brainer as Al Jefferson was one of the only big men last season to average 20 PPG and 10 RPG, joining the likes of Dwight Howard and Carlos Boozer. Did I forget to mention that in just two seasons, Al Jefferson is the 10th all-time scorer for the Timberwolves?
Randy Foye would be my second pick, and Mike Miller was thrown in there for his overall game.
Just for fun...predictions for next year!
MVP: Al Jefferson (25.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 2.0 BPG, 1.0 SPG, 1.0 APG)
Randy Foye, Kevin Love, and Ryan Gomes are the only guys coming remotely close, but of course we all know who's the true MVP.
Most Improved Player: Randy Foye (19.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG)
Kevin Love and Ryan Gomes are close seconds.
Rookie Of The Year (Draft Picks... Thabeet, Rubio, Harden): Ricky Rubio (10.0 PPG, 8.0 APG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 SPG, 0.5 BPG)
If we draft any of these three, they will obviously win. But I want Ricky Rubio.
Sixth Man Of The Year: Kevin Love (15.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 1.0 SPG)
Rodney Carney & Sebastian Telfair are tied for second.
Defensive Player Of The Year: Corey Brewer (10.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.0 BPG, 1.0 SPG)
If this guy comes back the way we think he will, the Timberwolves will most definitely be an .500 team
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