NBA Profit: Regular Season Awards
By Ari Wagner
The season is right around the corner and it is time to predict, the profits are out and everyone seems to have an opinion.
Forget the summer of 2010, and forget the seasons of past, every year brings a new crop of talent and a new batch of champions.
Each award is seasoned with teamwork and individual talent, that is what makes a champion and that is what makes the recipients of these prestigious awards so sweet.
The Rookie of the Year, the freshmen phenom, the way to make the teams that never drafted you pay, or the way to prove you are worthy of the top overall pick.
With an arsenal of offensive weapons and stone wall on the defensive end, the popular and intelligent pick is the number one overall pick, Blake Griffin forward for the L.A.Clippers.
Griffin can take the rim down from the free throw line with his incredible leaping abilities and pure strength to the basket. He is a shut down defender in the paint and will be a beast on the boards.
Griffin has a pre packaged NBA ready body that will allow him to not only compete in the NBA from game one, but to succeed.
The Most Improved Player award is one that is given for hard work and constant effort on the hardwood to improve into the elite.
This player was one that possibly battled injury and rose to the challenge of getting back in prime time shape. Or a player that has been slept on for his career and had a breakout season elevating him into a big contract and respect around the league.
This year’s winner will be one who has battled some injury and also battled the curse of hype. Andrew Bynum, center for the L.A. Lakers has battled knee issues and has been over hyped for his young career.
However, this is the year that all the hype and mentoring will pay off, he will be comfortable along side Pau Gasol and will have an easy time with defenders struggling to get by the like of Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest.
The Sixth Man of the year, the “micro-wave” Vinny Johnson made this award what it really is. You have to be able to accept your role and heat up in a hurry. Productive minutes when given them with exceptional attitude off the bench.
This years recipient will be one that does not normally have a great attitude but along side Kevin Garnet, Rasheed Wallace will fall in line and produce for the Celtics.
His ability to hit three-pointers whenever he feels like it, and also the ability to lock down players like Shaq O’Neal and Dwight Howard will elevate him to this year’s Sixth Man of the year.
Coach of the year, the only award given to a suit, and possibly the most important award aside from the MVP. This award requires great skill in play calling and management abilites, have to take what is given to you and produce at a high level and coaches are almost always in fear of their jobs.
Nate McMillan was named head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers on July 7, 2005 and has nurtured their young talent to what they are today.
His time has finally come, and even though the will not get a number one or two seed they will be a force in the regular season and look for them to hold out Denver for the Northwest division title.
Defensive player of the year is a hard one to digest, the obvious pick is Dwight Howard out of Orlando, but I can also see Dwane Wade and LeBron James having great defensive years.
However, Howard’s loss in the finals last year will help elevate his mojo, and with the addition of Vince Carter the up tempo offense will lead to an up tempo defense from Howard.
Look for another year leading the league in blocks, defensive rebounds and will be up in the stats in steals. Dwight Howard is my pick for Defensive Player of the year again.
The Most Valuable Player of the year, the beast of the West and the East, no borders no boundries, the all around best player in the league.
Last year LeBron James took home this award and this year does not look any different, James will solidify his reign over the NBA this year by taking home his second straight MVP and leading his Cavaliers to a number one seed in the East.