MVP: Kevin Durant
The main reasons I picked Durant as MVP are…
He will lead his team to the playoffs and could have a shot at the first seed. But that is unlikely; unfortunately the Lakers still have it. I do think that they will have a shot at the second seed and for sure will be the third seed if not the top two.
The main reason they will get that high of a seed is because of No. 35 Kevin Durant.
He was the youngest scoring champion and led his team to the playoffs where they gave the Lakers a tough series. Durant will average close to a double-double and will be in the 30- to 35-ppg range.
The reason I didn’t pick LeBron is because of course his team will make the playoffs and he won’t be putting up 30 a game anymore.
Scoring Champion: Kevin Durant
Kevin was the youngest scoring champ in the NBA. I am almost certain he will do it again this upcoming season.
He averaged 30.1 points last year and should be near 30 to 35 a game like I said above.
Kind of have the same reason on why it won’t be LeBron; his team has two other high scoring players.
Rookie of the Year: Paul George
Paul is the complete package to me. He is built for the NBA and is playing along a great young point guard in Darren Collison.
Don’t forget he also has Danny Granger, who the defense will be focused on and will get Paul a lot of open looks.
A lot of people are telling me this is a bold prediction from my previous article I wrote about him. I know it is. I think it will happen though.
Most Improved Player: Chris Douglas-Roberts
Led by Jennings, Bogut, and Salmons, the Bucks made the playoffs last season. Many offseason additions, including Chris, will help them out of the first round and maybe farther.
Chris will be coming off the bench for the Bucks as the sixth or seventh man. He will get the playing time he deserves.
The Bucks have a lot better team chemistry then the Nets did and Roberts will fit into that. He only averaged 9.8 points last season. He should be at least over 10 ppg this year.
He has been a good shooter his first two years in the NBA and if he continues that I think he can have good chance at being the MIP, (Most Improved Player).
Sixth Man of the Year: Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom is one of the two players on the Lakers that I don’t hate. The other being Shannon Brown.
I don’t think Lamar gets enough credit. He has helped the Lakers win back to back championships. On any other team in the NBA he would be a starter.
But with the Lakers having Ron Artest, Odom is the Sixth Man. He averages around a double-double the last couple seasons and I think with the good play he has been having with Team USA he will average about 15 and 10 in the regular season.
This should be enough to get him the Sixth Man award.
NBA First Team
PG: Derrick Rose
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: LeBron James
PF: Kevin Durant
C: Dwight Howard
NBA Rookie Team
PG: John Wall
SG: Evan Turner
SF: Paul George
PF: Blake Griffin
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Another idea I have thought about is a new award; The Sophomore of the Year Award. Guys like Jennings or Curry who feel robbed and want another shot to show the world they are the best in their class; this is the award for them.
It would also give Tyreke Evans another chance to show the world that he is still the best in his class. Personally, I think Jennings should have gotten the award. But he didn’t and he would have a very legitimate shot at winning this award.
Over the next 20 years it would be interesting to see how many players won ROY and SOY. I don’t think the number would be very high because some players have break years as sophomores.
Who would win it this year? I already mentioned Jennings. Others could be Curry, Evans, and Darren Collison who had a great rookie season last year. Maybe even Terrence Williams of the Nets.
One guy who surprised me in Summer League was Jodie Meeks. He was drafted and signed by the Bucks and played in 41 games with them and then was traded to the 76ers and played 19 games with them.
I think the NBA should seriously considering making this an official award. When the season is over I will pick a winner. I promise I won’t pick Jennings unless he truly deserves it. (I am a HUGE Jennings fan).