NBA Season Preview: Individual Awards

Steven JCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2008

Most Improved Player: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Last year, Noah averaged 6.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks in only 20 minutes. Per 36 Minutes, he averaged 11.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks. With Noah now being the starting center, he will get more minutes and more opportunities. I think that he will average a double-double for the season and put up good all around stats.

Runner Up: Al Thornton, Los Angeles Clippers

Coach of the Year: Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

Spoelstra is entering this season as the new head coach of the Heat. Last year, the Heat had the worst record going 15-67 and I think that they can win about 25-30 more games this season and make the playoffs. With Dwyane Wade coming back healthy this season and drafting Michael Beasley with the 2nd pick, I think the Heat are going to turn it around this season and I think that Spoelstra will get a lot of credit for this.

Runner Up: Mo Cheeks, Philadelphia 76ers

Sixth Man of the Year: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs

Ginobili is coming into this season as the reigning sixth man of the year. He is one of the most versatile players in the game. If Ginobili can stay healthy this season it is pretty much a lock that he will win this award.

Runner Up: Lamar Odom Los Angeles Lakers

Rookie of the Year: Michael Beasley, Miami Heat

Beasley is the most talented rookie coming out this year's draft class. I project him to have about 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one block and 50 percent from the field. I think that he will have a great impact on his team and a great rookie season.

Runner Up: Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers

Defensive Player of the Year: Ron Artest, Houston Rockets

Artest is one of the best perimeter defenders in the game. With the addition of Artest, the Rockets are probably the best defensive team in the league. Every year, Artest is always one of the leaders in steals as he averages over two steals per game.

Runner Up: Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics

Scoring Title: LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

Runner Up: Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

Rebounding Title: Dwight Howard Orlando Magic

Runner Up: Andrew Bynum Los Angeles Lakers

Assists Title: Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets

Runner Up: Deron Williams Utah Jazz

Most Valuable Player: Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant is the best player in the game. Extremely clutch. He shines when it matters most. Unstoppable on the offensive end. Great defensive player. Makes his teammates better. Gets everybody involved. Great team leader. More championship rings and MVPs to come.

Runner Up: LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 

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