02 February 2016

2015-16 NBA Midseason Awards

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We are past the true midseason point in the 2015-16 NBA season but with the All-Star break fast approaching, let's hand out some hardware. Here are my awards for the NBA campaign thus far.

Golden State Warriors (2015 - Pres)MVP - Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Last year's MVP discussion was an absolute classic as both Curry and James Harden had strong cases to win the award. This year, it's much more cut and dry. The Warriors have been ungodly good this season and are primed to perhaps set the season win record, and they wouldn't be in that position without Curry playing even better than he did a season ago.
Runner-up - Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Minnesota Timberwolves (1997 - 2008)Rookie of the Year - Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwilves
You could make a pretty good case for Kristaps Porzingis here and he's been more of a mainstay in highlight videos but Towns's statistical edge is what sets him apart. Towns leads in PER, win shares and rebounding while he is second in scoring and he has looked much better defensively than your average rookie.
Runner-up - Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Denver Nuggets (2006 - Pres)Sixth Man of the Year - Will Barton, Denver Nuggets
It seems a little unusual for the Sixth Man to be from a team that's 11 games under .500 but even then, you can't deny how good Barton has been coming off the pine this season in Denver. Barton may just have as much to do with the Nuggets hanging around in the playoff mix as anybody else as he is both Denver's second leading scorer and rebounder. His newfound hyperactivity has made him fun to watch too.
Runner-up - Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
San Antonio Spurs (1990 - 2002)
Defensive Player of the Year - Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
You could go back and forth between Draymond Green and Leonard but to me, the best defender on the team's best defense gets the edge and that would be Leonard. Leonard may just be the league's top perimeter defender and watching him work his magic on that side of the court while guarding the opposing team's top scorer is good stuff.
Runner-up - Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

Most Improved Player of the Year - C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers (1991 - 2002)Portland has surprised many by being right in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference and the vast improvement that McCollum has shown thus far is a big reason why. Staying healthy for once certainly helps but he has seen his entire game improve as he has smashed his career highs for points, assists and rebounds while upping his efficiency as well.
Runner-up - Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

San Antonio Spurs (1990 - 2002)Coach of the Year - Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
Popovich has won Coach of the Year three times in his career and even that seems low for him. The Spurs aren't that far off from the Warriors as opposed to the rest of the league and he has gotten LaMarcus Aldridge to fit in seamlessly into the team's sysyem while improving on both the offensive and defensive ends.
Runner-up - Luke Walton, Golden State Warriors

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