DJ's November NBA Awards Spectacular: It's the Year Of LeBron

Dustin JohnsonCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2008

Here is my personal take how the NBA season has gone so far and how things would fall if the season were over tomorrow. Enjoy!

Most Valuable Player

  1. LeBron James: He is averaging robust numbers with 27.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 6.4 apg, and 1.9 spg. Beyond that, the Cavaliers are off to their best start ever and own the leagues third best record behind LA and Boston (Both of which have multiple stars contributing).
  2. Dwayne Wade: The only thing keep D-Wade from the top spot is his teams record at 9-9. He sports numbers just as good as King James with 28.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 7.9 apg, 2.3 spg, and 1.7 bpg.
  3. Dwight Howard: The Magic center is averaging a jaw dropping 14.0 rpg and 3.9 bpg to go with his 21.4 ppg off of nearly 59 percent shooting. This is down-low dominance has not been seen Shaq still had legs to jump with.

Honorable Mention: Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Devin Harris, Chris Paul, and Chauncey Billups.

Rookie of the Month

  1. Derrick Rose: Rose has lead the Bulls to an 8-9 record. He is averaging 18.4 ppg, 6.0 apg, 4.1 rpg, and 1.0 spg. 
  2. O.J. Mayo: Similar to D-Wade above the only thing holding Mayo from the No. 1 spot is his teams dismal 4-13 record. He is averaging 21.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, and 1.3 spg.

Honorable Mention: Michael Beasley, D.J. Augustin, Russell Westbrook, Marc Gasol, and Rudy Fernandez.

Coach of the Month

  1. Jerry Sloan: Sloan's decision to start CJ Miles and bring former all-star Andrei Kirilenko off the bench was a genius gamble. To top that off, the Jazz are having an 11-7 record with all the games lost to injuries is a reflection of the hard-nosed style of play Sloan preaches.
  2. Doc Rivers: Doc continues to develop his younger players around the Boston Three Party of KG, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. The whole time continuing to get great production from his entire team who stands at 17-2.

Honorable Mention: Phil Jackson, Stan Van Gundy, Greg Poppovich, and Mike D'Antoni.

Sixth Man of November

  1. Utah Jazz Bench: Hear me out on this one. The Jazz has lost more than 50 games to injury this year already. Mostly from Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, Andrei Kirilenko, Matt Harpring, and Kyle Korver. At different times this season the entire bench has stepped up. The effort has been lead by AK, Ronnie Price, and Paul Milsap.
  2. Nate Robinson: He is averaging 14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, and 1.7 spg.

Best Decision So Far:

  1. Denver Trades For Chauncey: The Nuggets are 12-4 since shedding Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups in order to provide a floor general for a team that had enough scorers. Doesn't that really say it all?
  2. Jazz Bench Kirilenko: Andrei and CJ Miles are thriving under this arrangement. AK is averaging three year highs of 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg, and 1.3 bpg off of the bench. While as a starter Miles is averaging career highs of 11.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, and 2.2 apg.
  3. New York Dumps Salary: Seriously, can anyone doubt that dropping the salaries of Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford was a great idea? Who in New York doesn't want LeBron to sign as a free agent in 2010?

Mostly Likely To Contend For Championship

  1. LA Lakers
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers

Honorable Mention: Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, and the Phoenix Suns.

Mostly Likely To Win The Lottery

  1. Oklahoma City Blunder
  2. Los Angeles Slippers
  3. Memphis Fizzlies

Dishonorable Mention: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Golden State Warriors.


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