NBA Core's Official Northwest Division 2008-2009 Team MVPs
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MVPs voted by NBA Core's forum community, here is the breakdown on them.
Denver Nuggets – Chauncey Billups
Many of you will argue that Carmelo Anthony has a better case to earn this position as the Denver Nuggets’ team MVP of the 2008-2009 season but Chauncey Billups was the reason this team finally got out of the first round and made it to the Western Conference finals. Anthony did improve his all around game, but his scoring and field goal percentage dropped despite ball hogger Allen Iverson leaving down. Putting up 17.9 PPG and 6.4 APG doesn’t seem like all that but not everything Billups does appears on the stat sheet, which would include his veteran leadership and defense that turns teams into winners. He was the main reason the Pistons were so good this decade even after Ben Wallace left and he was also the reason the Nuggets transformed from a mediocre playoff team into a real contender.
Minnesota Timberwolves – Al Jefferson, Randy Foye
The inside-outside duo of Al Jefferson and Randy Foye kept this Timberwolves team from being one of the worse teams in NBA history. Al Jefferson put up a career high 23.1 PPG and 1.7 BPG along with 10.9 RPG, which would the numbers you find in an all star big man. Although the big man showed signs of emergence, injuries sidelined him to miss 32 games this year and that ultimately kept him from solely winning this award. Randy Foye continued to steadily progress his development averaging a career high 16.3 PPG and 4.3 APG. He had many big games to keep this team going especially when Al Jefferson was gone for the second half of the season. Aside from Kevin Love’s rookie campaign, the performance and development of Al Jefferson and Randy Foye were the only bright spots on this team.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Durant
The sophomore out of Texas showed us that he was going to make the jump from rookie to star, and he did just that putting up career highs all across the stat board including 25.3 PPG 6.5 RPG and 2.8 APG. This team played atrociously to start the year but Durant took leadership and got this team out of the hole proving to fans that this team would be a force to reckon with in a few years. He upgraded his three point shooting percentage from 28.8% to 42.2% in one year, showing that he has the talent, potential and work ethics to emerge into a superstar in the very near future. Durant is the main reason Thunder fans have hope in the team, thus giving him the honors of the 2008-2009 team MVP.
Portland Trailblazers – Brandon Roy
Just when we all thought Brandon Roy wouldn’t become any better after his shocking rookie and sophomore seasons, he proved that he still had more potential within him. He upgraded his shooting percentages in all three categories and put up a career high 22.6 PPG leading the Blazers to an outstandingly shocking 54-28 record. Roy is one of the underrated upcoming superstars in this league, but he is the reason the Portland Jailblazers have transformed back into the Portland Trailblazers. His leadership with the young squad and clutch performances has led this team out of the dark era and into a very bright future. There’s nothing else to say about this young sensation other than he’s clearly the best player on this team and will be able to take this team deep for years to come.
Utah Jazz – Deron Williams
The Utah Jazz had a fairly disappointing season in 2008-2009 after winning the Northwest Division title the past two previous seasons. A lot of this was caused by injuries that held starters Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur out of the line up for at least ten games during the season, not to mention Carlos Boozer missed over half the season. Despite being injured during the season, Deron Williams showed he could not only overcome them but elevate and adjust his game to keep this team in the playoff hunt without his go to mailman in the post Carlos Boozer. He showed he has the leadership to lead this team as the floor general and proved he could make other players better turning Paul Milsap into the new version of Carlos Boozer and producing Ronnie Brewer into a better offensive player. His play making ability made his teammates better and prevented this team from missing the playoffs even with all the injuries. Williams’ has proven to be one of the best rising point guards in the league and will only help every play on the Jazz maximize their potential.
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