17 April 2013

2012-13 NBA Awards

This is my second time with this post because I accidentally deleted the first post. As another NBA season wraps up, let's give out some hardware. Here are the B-FLO 360 NBA Awards.

Midseason Awards

MVP - LeBron James, Miami Heat
Let's be honest, even with the phenomenal season Durant has had, this is a no-brainer. Not only are his statistics tremendous as always, he has been remarkably efficient from the field (shooting over 55%) and he was a huge reason why the Heat made a run at the all-time win streak record.
Runner-Up - Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Rookie of the Year - Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Another one that is too easy, partially with many of the would-be contenders suffering through injuries but mostly to do with Lillard's tremendous play. He is on pace to be the fourth rookie ever to average 18 points and 6 assists, with the others being Allen Iverson, Damon Stoudemire and Oscar Robertson. Who knows where the Blazers would be without him.
Runner-Up - Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets

Sixth Man of the Year - J.R. Smith, New York Knicks
This is a very deep field for this award, possibly the strongest ever, making a choice extremely tough. In the end, I had to give it to Smith who has carried the Knicks at times with a career season and he is what got the club on a roll in the second half before Carmelo Anthony went on his incredible scoring run.
Runner-Up - Kevin Martin, Oklahoma City Thunder

Most Improved - Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
Despite the fact that the Sixers were a big disappointment this year, Holiday really broke through this year and played at an All-Star level with smashing his previous career highs for points and assists. Makes you wonder what could have been with Andrew Bynum.
Runner-Up - Paul George, Indiana Pacers

Defensive Player of the Year - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
With a disappointing year from Dwight Howard, this is a wide open race but give me the Big Fundamental. After all, the Spurs were pretty stingy on defense this year and much of it was due to Duncan discovering the fountain of youth on the defensive end with one of his best seasons in years. And unlike some of the other elite defending big men, he does not have the help of a elite defender elsewhere in his lineup.
Runner-Up - Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

Coach of the Year - George Karl, Denver Nuggets
They always say that you need an elite player if you want an elite team, but don't tell that to Karl, who has built an excellent club without that transcendent player but rather mixing and matching with many very good players. Denver is a team to look out for in the playoffs.
Runner-Up - Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls

Executive of the Year - Daryl Morey, Houston Rockets
Everyone was hating on Dork Elvis as he gave a nice chunk of change to Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik while failing to put together a trade for Dwight Howard but Morey surprised many by pulling off the James Harden deal. Now the Rockets are one of the most fun and exciting clubs in the league and a team that you would not want to face in the postseason, and that is due to Morey.
Runner-Up - Masai Ujiri, Denver Nuggets

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