The Coronavirus pandemic has suspended many thing we here at GCSN hold dear to our hearts. NHL, March Madness, and NASCAR to name a few. To me, no suspension hit harder than the suspension of the NBA regular season, with many questioning if the league will just cancel the regular season all together.
So many questions come to mind once hearing that news. Will the playoffs be played? If so, how will the seeding work out? How will crown a champion if the playoffs don’t happen? Who will win MVP? WHEN WILL WE GET TO SEE SPACE JAM 2!?! Today I will set out to give my opinion on one of those, “Who will win MVP?”. I will also be looking at DPOY, ROY, Most Improved, Sixth Man of the Year, and Coach of the Year.
MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks
As much as it pains me to not give this award to Lebron James, you got to give the Greek Freak credit, he has once again been phenomenal. A lot of times when “Who is the MVP?” is discussed, people give their case for who the best player in the league is. While stats do matter, let’s think about what MVP stands for. Most Valuable Player. What players matters most to their team. Who do the Bucks have outside of Giannis? Khris Middleton? Khris Middleton is no better than a third option on any other team. Besides having a ridiculous stat line, 29.6 points; 13.8 rebounds; 5.8 assists, Giannis is able to keep Milwaukee relevant. Would anybody be discussing them as a threat to win the Finals if he’s not there? No. For that reason alone I choose Giannis, the stats are just icing on the cake.
DPOY: Anthony Davis, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
This is where I would have put Giannis if I had given Lebron MVP, since he is the best defensive player on the best defense in the NBA. With him being the MVP in this scenario, the only other logical choice is the big man in LA, Anthony Davis. Simply put, Davis has held opponents to a 38.4 FG percentage, and averaged 2.4 blocks per game. He is the anchor of the Lakers defense and has helped them become arguably the best team in the West.
ROY: Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies
A lot of you will argue Zion to be in this spot, and if he didn’t miss the first four months of the season, you have to put him here. But he did miss the first four months of the season, so I have to put Ja Morant here because he has the larger body of work. Morant has been nothing short of spectacular in his short time in the NBA. He has brought energy to a below average Grizzlies team and before the season suspension, they had a chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Morant has averaged 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.9 (nice) assists while shooting 49 percent from the field. The future for Memphis is bright with Morant leading the way.
Most Improved: Brandon Ingram, SF, New Orleans Pelicans
As as Blue Devils fan, I love to see Ingram make this list. Ingram was very underwhelming in his time with the Lakers. After being traded to NOLA this past off season, I was hoping a change of scenery would help Ingram grow, and it did! Ingram set career highs in points (24.3), 3-PT percentage (38.7), rebounds (6.3), and assists (4.3). Ingram also had at least 17 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds 17 times this season.
Sixth Man of the Year: Dennis Schroder, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Not too much to talk about, in my eyes there is not a close second here. Schroder has led all reserves in points with 19.1 points a game. He has been the leading scorer off OKC’s bench in 57 out of the 62 games he has appeared in. The Thunder have one of the strongest benches in the NBA and Schroder is there best bench player.
Coach of the Year: Nick Nurse, Toronto Raptors
This is another that does not need much deliberation. Despite losing Kawhai Leonard and Danny Green in the offseason, the Raptors have remained contenders. The boast the second best record in the East, 46-18, and are definitely a team to look out for in the playoffs.
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