2013 NBA Award Predictions

With the regular season wrapped up, it’s time to turn to the playoffs and predictions for the prestigious awards handed out by the NBA! The contributors to this website decided to compile a list of the top 3 players for each award. The award winners are as follows:

Most Improved Player

1. Stephen Curry, SG, Golden State
2. Paul George, SG, Indiana
3. Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando

– “Went from a perceived draft bust due to his nagging ankle injuries to the best pure shooter in the NBA. Really proved what he can do when healthy, dropping 270 threes this season, breaking Ray Allen’s NBA record. Dropped 54 and 47 against the Knicks and Lakers. Need I say more?” – Tom

Coach of the Year

1. George Karl, Denver
2. Mark Jackson, Golden State
3. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio

– “The Nuggets were expected to be a decent team this year, but Karl has been responsible for pushing them to a higher level. The Nuggets have a variety of different players who can score, with 6 players averaging more than 10 points per game. Karl has done a great job thus far running this team and leading them to the playoffs.” – Tim

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio
2. Joakim Noah, C, Chicago
3. Larry Sanders, PF/C, Milwaukee

– “Mr. Fundamental is surprising everyone again this year, averaging more than 2.5 blocks per game and close to double digit rebounds per game. He has successfully turned back time and led the Spurs to yet another Southwest Division title.” – Tom

Rookie of the Year

1. Damian Lillard, PG, Portland
2. Anthony Davis, C, New Orleans
3. Andre Drummond, C, Detroit

– “Lillard has the most minutes played in the NBA this season. Of any player. This marks the third time in NBA history that a rookie has led the league in minutes. Lillard averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.1 rebounds. He also shot 43% from the field and 37% from deep.” – Tim

Sixth Man of the Year

1. J.R. Smith, SG, New York
2. Jamal Crawford, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
3. Kevin Martin, SG, Oklahoma City

– “Smith has had stretches of supreme efficiency and high scoring. He is Incredibly athletic and when playing well, he is the definition of a spark plug. He averaged 18.1 points, 2.7 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game.” – AJ

Most Valuable Player

1. LeBron James, SF, Miami
2. Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City
3. Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York

– “LeBron James is going to win the award by a landslide. James led his team to the best record in the NBA, notching a 27-game win streak along the way. His stats are as followed: 26.9 ppg, 7.2 apg, and 8.1 rpg. His rebounding average is the highest of his career. James’ assist ratio (the percentage of his possessions that end with an assist) is the second best of his career at 23.1. Lastly, LeBron leads the league with a PER (player efficiency rating) of 31.69. LeBron James is too dominant for anyone to stop him. He easily should win this award.” – Tim

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