A little more than one-third through the season and it's time to present the second installment of the 2009-10 NBA Awards.
Rookie of the Year
Before the start of the season all the marbles were placed on first overall draft pick Blake Griffin to capture the Rookie of the Year Award, but in the game of basketball nothing is ever a sure thing.
With Griffin out until mid-January, rookies such as Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings have stepped into the spotlight and have thrived while doing so.
After Brandon Jennings' outrageous 55-point contest, the youngin's scoring production has slowly digressed, but more importantly his assists have increased and his turnovers have decreased.
Sacramento King's guard Tyreke Evans is our leading candidate for the award as he has completely taken over in Sacramento. The former tiger is leading all rook's in PPG, dropping an impressive 20.3 points per contest.
In addition, Evans has carried the lowly Kings to a fantastic 14-16 record on the season, inevitably giving him the edge on all rookies this season.
NBA Primetime Pick: Tyreke Evans
Sixth Man of the Year
The Sixth Man of the Year Award is always one of the most exciting awards to give out in the NBA.
As of right now the race is between Atlanta's sharp-shooter Jamal Crawford and Houston's powerhouse Carl Landry.
With an incredible 21-8 record on the season (4th in East), the Hawks sixth-man has managed to drop 16.8 PPG (second best on team), while shooting a terrific 46.6 percent from the field.
Crawford has brought a ton of energy off the bench for Atlanta this season and is a key reason for their success thus far.
On the other hand, Carl Landry has contributed to the Rockets unexpected 18-13 overall record on the season.
Although he unfortunately lost three teeth after getting elbowed in the mouth by Dallas' forward Dirk Nowitzki, the beastly Landry is posting 16.7 PPG and 5.9 RPG on a phenomenal 57.8 shooting from the field.
More importantly, Landry is playing just 26.4 MPG compared to Crawfords 30.9 MPG, giving him the edge on our Sixth Man of the Year Award.
NBA Primetime Pick: Carl Landry
Most Valuable Player
Ah, just like every season the MVP award comes down to the top dogs in the league, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
So far Bryant has brought his team to a league leading 24-6 record, averaging 29.9 PPG (second best in league), 5.8 RPG, 4.3 APG, and 2.2 SPG (third in league).
Bryant has also nailed two heart-breaking buzzer beaters, one against the Heat and the other against the Bucks.
LeBron James is having another sensational season, scoring 28.8 PPG (third best in league), along with a career-high 7.8 APG (sixth in league), 6.9 RPG, and 1.4 SPG on 50.2 percent shooting.
The King has carried his squad to 24-8 record (second in East) and has been no short of spectacular this season.
Since James did indeed put a spanking on Bryant and the Lakers on Christmas Day, we rank the King as the leading candidate for the MVP award this season.
NBA Primetime Pick: LeBron James
Most Improved Player
If the season were to end today I'd give the Most Improved Player Award to either Trevor Ariza or Aaron Brooks.
Ariza is enjoying a breakout season, nailing 16.3 PPG compared to last seasons measly 8.9 PPG. Moreover, the forward has shown signs of all-star flashes as he has been a major key to the Rockets overall success this season.
Brooks is also enjoying a major boost in production this year, averaging 17.2 PPG and 5.1 APG on 42.3 percent shooting from the field.
NBA Primetime Pick: Trevor Ariza
Defensive Player of the Year
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