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Post-December NBA Awards Watch

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My top picks for the various NBA Awards after two months of play.  Expect to see this updated each month with my picks for ROY, DPOY, MIP, 6MOY, COY, and All-NBA teams.

MVP:  See Monday’s post.  This gets updated weekly.

Rookie of the Year

1. Blake Griffin

2. Landry Fields

3. John Wall

Griffin’s way out of front.  Easily top two rookie of the past decade (with Chris Paul).  The long shot Fields is giving us the only other solid All-Rookie First team type season, and so despite missing a ton of time, Wall remains in the top 3.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Kevin Garnett

2. Dwight Howard

3. Andrew Bogut

Last month I wrote it was hard to see Howard losing.  Garnett has now taken the lead in my book, but with his recent injury, I still expect Howard to come out on top at season’s end.  Bogut jumps into the top 3, and is a legit threat to take the award if his team starts showing us some real success.

Most Improved Player

1. Russell Westbrook

2. Kevin Love

3. Eric Gordon

I left my pre-season pick for this award (Love) off the top 3 last month, but since then he’s continued to improve.  I’m still hearing some people say “yeah but he was good last year” with him, but they need to stop.  Even from a per minute perspective, Love has improved greatly over last year.

Derrick Rose just missed the cut here, but he is on my radar.  Obviously it’s only the respect he had already earned last year that’s keeping him from leading this one.

6th Man of the Year

1. Jason Terry

2. George Hill

3. Jamal Crawford

Terry has the clear lead.  With everything clicking for the Spurs though, you’ve got to start thinking about Hill in earnest.

Coach of the Year

1. Gregg Popovich

2. Tom Thibodeau

3. Rick Carlisle

As long as the Spurs remain at the top, nothing’s going to stop me from giving the nod to Pop.  That’s too bad though because Thibodeau is really delivering a season that screams for this award.  Coming into the season the question was how dramatically he could improve the defense.  Turns out, a ton.  And now even without putative defensive star Joakim Noah the Bulls are rolling.  Amazing.

All-NBA 1st Team

Guard:  Derrick Rose

Guard:  Deron Williams

Forward:  Dirk Nowitzki

Forward:  Kevin Garnett

Center:  Dwight Howard

All-NBA 2nd Team

Guard:  Manu Ginobili

Guard:  Chris Paul

Forward:  LeBron James

Forward:  Kevin Durant

Center:  Al Horford

All-NBA 3rd Team

Guard:  Dwyane Wade

Guard:  Kobe Bryant

Forward:  Amare Stoudemire

Forward:  Pau Gasol

Center:  Andrew Bogut

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Written by Matt Johnson

January 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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