Why wait until the end of May to find out whether LeBron James or Kevin Durant wins the 2013-14 NBA MVP award when you can get a sneak peek at the vote right now?
Admittedly, you'll have to sit tight until the official hardware is handed out over the next few weeks. But 30 writers and editors from Bleacher Report's dialed-in NBA division cast their unofficial ballots for the league's biggest honors in an internal poll, so what follows should serve as an excellent sneak-peek prediction.
We counted up the results and picked winners for Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
Each voter could submit only one name for each award, meaning the results reflect nothing but first-place nominations. As you'll see, some awards were especially contentious. For example, no fewer than eight different players earned nods from the voting pool in the Most Improved category.
Patience is overrated, and the votes are in. Will James snatch his fifth MVP trophy? Did Victor Oladipo chase down Michael Carter-Williams to earn top rookie honors?
Here's how B/R's NBA experts answered those tough questions—and plenty more—about this season's top awards.