PF Ryan Anderson, ORL- The Magic forward earned a full-time starting gig and saw an obvious jump in his game. His scoring increased by over 5ppg, his rebounding went up by 2rpg, while he led the NBA in 3pt FG attempted and made. He also collected the 6th most offensive rebounds this year. He beats out Greg Monroe, Ty Lawson, and the injury-plagued Jeremy Lin and Kyle Lowry.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
PG Kyrie Irving, CLE- No arguments here. He was better than advertised from the jump, leading the Cavs in scoring and assists, and looks like he’ll be an all-star sooner than later. Ricky Rubio was a distant second.
PG Kyrie Irving, CLE PG Brandon Knight, DET
PG Ricky Rubio, MIN PG Isaiah Thomas, SAC
SG Klay Thompson, GS SG Iman Shumpart,NY
SF Chandler Parsons, HOU SGMarshon Brooks,NJ
C/F Kenneth Faried, DEN SF Kawhi Leonard, SA
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
SG James Harden, OKC- One of the smartest, savviest, and athletic wing players in the league. Gives the Thunder everything they could ask for off the bench. Edges out Lou Williams for the honor with mentions to Al Harrington and Jason Terry.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Gregg Popovich, SA- Pop is the best in the business. To have the Spurs with the best recond in a shortened season while one of your best players missed a big chunk of it, while utilizing your entire roster is pretty amazing. Tom Thibodeau is second.
Chris Paul, LAC Mike Conley, MEM
Tony Allen, MEM Andre Iguodala, PHI
LeBron James, MIA Grant Hill, PHX
Kevin Garnett, BOS Serge Ibaka, OKC
Tyson Chandler, NY Dwight Howard, ORL
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
C Tyson Chandler, NY- Transformed a Knicks defense from one of the worst to one of the best. What he does doesn’t show up in the numbers, but it is reflected in his teammates. This was as competitive as the award has been in years with no less than 5 players with a legit argument.
1st 2nd 3rd
PG Chris Paul, LAC PG Tony Parker, SA PG Russell Westbrook, OKC
SG Kobe Bryant, LAL PG Rajon Rondo, BOS PG Steve Nash, PHX
SF LeBron James, MIA PF Josh Smith, ATL PF Blake Griffin, LAC
SF Kevin Durant, OKC C Andrew Bynum, LAL PF Kevin Garnett, BOS
PF Kevin Love, MIN C Dwight Howard, ORL C Tim Duncan, SA
LeBron James, MIA- An all-around terrific season. Dominated most nights with an overall skill-set no player can match. Edges out Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, and Tony Parker, in that order.