Sunday, April 21, 2013

2012-2013 NBA Awards picks

KIA Awards for the 2012-2013 NBA season

Coach Of The Year

Despite the absence of Derrick Rose (ACL), a makeshift Bench Mob, and injuries to Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Richard Hamilton at various points during the season, Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau still guided his Bulls to a 45-37 record and a respectable No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference(Winner: George Karl)

Defensive Player Of The Year

I admit that cases could be made for flashy shot-blockers such as Serge Ibaka, Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard, but new Denver forward Andre Iguodala was so good with his perimeter defense that for the first time since 2003-2004 (when the former Ron Artest won it) a wing player is more deserving of the DPOY Award. Iguodala makes players work for their points, and though he isn't really a shot-blocker, he gets a lot of deflections. (Winner: Marc Gasol)

Most Improved Player

Granted, James Harden benefited a great deal from his starting role and increased minutes in Houston, but a certain center who switched teams this summer is more deserving of Most Improved Player honors. No, not Dwight Howard. And not Andrew Bynum, either. Nikola Vucevic was just a footnote when media outlets reported details of the mega-deal that involved 11 players and 5 Draft picks. but the new Orlando big man thrived in his new role, upping his averages to 13.1 PPG and 11.9 PPG. (Winner: Paul George)

Most Valuable Player

No matter how impressive Kevin Durant was (joining the 18o Club while leading Oklahoma City to the No. 1 seed in the ultra-competitive Western Conference), Heat forward LeBron James was so scary good that he simultaneously played in two leagues this year: the NBA and that of his own. Miami rattled off 66 wins, including an historic 27-game win streak, and somehow the best all-around player in the NBA still got better. (Winner: LeBron James)

Rookie Of The Year

Since becoming just the third player in NBA history to register at least 20 points and 11 assists in his NBA debut versus the Lakers, Weber product and last year's No. 6 Draft pick Damian Lillard never looked back. He played all 82 games, knocked down 185 three-pointers, led all rookies in scoring and assists, and he was the second most efficient rookie in the whole 2011-2012 Draft class (behind the injury-riddled No. 1 pick Anthony Davis). (Winner: Damian Lillard)

Sixth Man Of The Year

New York was mired with a litany of injuries in 2012-2013, but enigmatic shooting guard JR Smith (who had the most consistent season of his career) kept the Knicks afloat even when Carmelo Anthony missed time. Game-winning buzzer beaters? Career-highs in points and rebounds? 155 long-range bombs? Check, check and check. (Winner: JR Smith)

I was 3-for-6 last year:
2011-2012 nba awards

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