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Post-January 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

Obviously at this point it’s Griffin and everyone else. Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are rising in people’s minds but let’s not get carried away. Wall’s scoring efficiency fallen through the floor, meanwhile Cousins has played even less minutes than Wall despite a lack of major injuries because of all the shenanigans he pulls. I’d re-draft both over Fields of course, but for this year, Fields maintains his #2 spot for now.

Defensive Player of the Year 

1. Dwight Howard

2. Kevin Garnett

3. Andrew Bogut

Howard takes the crown back with Garnett’s injury. In all honesty, right now I’d give Garnett & Bogut the per minute defensive impact edge over Howard, so don’t be surprised if Howard tumbles from his perch by season’s end.

Most Improved Player

1. Derrick Rose

2. Russell Westbrook

3. Kevin Love

Rose is my pick for MVP right now, he was a borderline all-star last year, awfully hard for me not to pick him for MIP. Obviously I know no one in serious MVP contention is going to win MIP because of how people think about this award, but I reject their thinking.

That said, the fact that it’s not really clear that Rose has improved more than draftmates Westbrook, Love, or Eric Gordon is eyebrow raising.

6th Man of the Year

1. George Hill

2. Jason Terry

3. Jamal Crawford

With the Spurs continued success, and the perspective that Hill has barely played less minutes than Duncan, and done it well, he really seems like the right pick at this point. If things continue as they are though, Lamar Odom will eventually be eligible for the award, and it’s going to be very hard to beat him.

Coach of the Year

1. Gregg Popovich

2. Tom Thibodeau

3. Doc Rivers

Pop and Thibs remains as ridiculously worthy as before. I think it’s time to really think about what Rivers has done as well. The Celtics have shown remarkable resiliency to injuries. That credit needs to be sprinkled among many people, but one of those people has to be Doc.

All-NBA 1st Team

Guard:  Derrick Rose

Guard:  Chris Paul

Forward:  Dirk Nowitzki

Forward:  LeBron James

Center:  Dwight Howard

All-NBA 2nd Team

Guard:  Manu Ginobili

Guard:  Dwyane Wade

Forward:  Kevin Durant

Forward:  Paul Pierce

Center:  Al Horford

All-NBA 3rd Team

Guard:  Deron Williams

Guard:  Kobe Bryant

Forward:  Amare Stoudemire

Forward:  Kevin Garnett

Center:  Nene

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  1. Griffin has been unreal. I can’t remember the last rookie with this sort of impact.

    re: 6MOY

    “If things continue as they are though, Lamar Odom will eventually be eligible for the award, and it’s going to be very hard to beat him.”

    Yeah, but inconsistency has been the story of LO’s career.


    February 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    • Blake is definitely something to be grateful for as an NBA fan. I think people had forgotten what a truly great rookie looks like.

      Re: LO. You’re right about his story, but Odom’s seriously played on a level above what typical 6th man candidates (Ginobili excluded) can be expected to achieve.

      Matt Johnson

      February 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

  2. I would swap Wade and Paul for all NBA 1st team


    February 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

  3. I would also swap Wade and Paul.

    Also, Glen Davis needs to be on your 6th Man radar. Did you just forget him, or are you that turned off by his TS%? I can you tell much of that is him getting shot blocked back to himself. 😉


    February 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    • Wade over Paul doesn’t bother me. Easy to see reasonable people disagree there, and I don’t feel all that strongly.

      Re: Big Baby. He is on my radar. The efficiency concerns me, as does the pedestrian +/-. In comparison with Hill, I guess I just feel like Hill is a guy who is a starter-level player sacrificing for his team, whereas Davis, I kind of feel like he’s a bench guy benefiting from the unique setup in Boston. Thoughts on that? Can you see Davis as your starting power forward or center?

      Matt Johnson

      February 4, 2011 at 10:45 am

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