Portland Trail Blazers 2009-2010 Regular Season Awards
Most Valuable Player
This is probably the hardest category to choose for this year's Portland Trail Blazers. There are plenty of deserving candidates on the roster.
Brandon Roy led the team in scoring and was selected once again as an All-Star.
Nicolas Batum was vital to Portland's second half push towards the playoffs.
Juwan Howard was a priceless player that filled in for the injury-depleted Blazers.
Lamarcus Aldridge emerged as a "go to" player for Portland.
However, I think this award has got to go to Andre Miller. Miller led the Blazers to a winning record even with difficulties transitioning to Porland's style of play at the beginning of the season.
Miller had an MVP highlight game when he scored 52 points in an overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks.
Andre Miller was also one of two Blazers to play in all 82 games.
The most important thing Miller brought to the Blazers was evident when he took control of all facets of the game during the extended stretch Brandon Roy missed with injury.
Comeback Player of the Year
This award is an easy one to give to the sharpshooter Martell Webster.
Webster suffered an foot injury in the 2008-2009 season and only appeared in one game.
However in the 2009-2010 season, Martell played in all 82 games and averaged 9.6 ppg.
Martell continued to show his skill as a three point shooter and even showed improved defense during the season.
Sixth Man of the Year
Bayless wins this category mainly for lack of a better pick.
Jerryd appeared in the most games off the bench for the Blazers and averaged 8.5 ppg and 2.3 assists per game while averaging 17.6 minutes a game.
Bayless brought much needed energy at times to the Portland game and showed the ability to get to the rim, even through physical contact.
This season, Portland lacked a strong bench player like they had in previous seasons, which was mainly due to the frequent injuries to starters.
Most Improved Player
Although Batum only played in 37 games this year because of a shoulder injury, there was easily noticeable improvement in his all around game.
He became a much bigger impact on the scoring end and continued his strong defense, which was highlighted by some signature blocks.
Batum averaged 10.1 points on the season, an improvement over his 5.4 ppg from last season.
Nicolas Batum has emerged as one of the top players on the Blazers roster and shows great potential, especially seeing as he is only 22 years old.
In the playoffs this year, Batum may really come into his own as a "go to" scorer, with Brandon Roy out with a knee injury.
Rookie of the Year
Portland's second round pick in the 2009 NBA draft, Dante Cunningham surprised many Blazers fans with his contributions in the 2009-2010 regular season.
Because of injuries, Cunningham worked his way into the rotation, playing in 63 games, and averaging 3.9 points and 11.1 minutes per game.
Cunningham showed promise on the offensive end, as he shot 49.5% from the field and was a solid defender as well.
Jeff Pendergraph also saw more minutes as then expected but only appeared in 39 games compared to Cunningham's 63.
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