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basketball20001
12-29-2009, 03:01 PM
Before the start of the season (two months before to be exact), NBA Primetime gave out their season predictions on the ‘09-’10 season.

A little more than one-third through the season and it’s time to present the second installment of the 2009-10 NBA Awards.

Rookie of the Year

Before the start of the season all the marbles were placed on first overall draft pick Blake Griffin to capture the Rookie of the Year Award, but in the game of basketball nothing is ever a sure thing.

With Griffin out until mid-January, rookies such as Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings have stepped into the spotlight and have thrived while doing so.

After Brandon Jennings’ outrageous 55-point contest, the youngin’s scoring production has slowly digressed, but more importantly his assists have increased and his turnovers have decreased.

Sacramento King’s guard Tyreke Evans is our leading candidate for the award as he has completely taken over in Sacramento. The former tiger is leading all rook’s in PPG, dropping an impressive 20.3 points per contest.

In addition, Evans has carried the lowly Kings to a fantastic 14-16 record on the season, inevitably giving him the edge on all rookies this season.

NBA Primetime Pick: Tyreke Evans

Sixth Man of the Year

The Sixth Man of the Year Award is always one of the most exciting awards to give out in the NBA.

As of right now the race is between Atlanta’s sharp-shooter Jamal Crawford and Houston’s powerhouse Carl Landry.

With an incredible 21-8 record on the season (4th in East), the Hawks sixth-man has managed to drop 16.8 PPG (second best on team), while shooting a terrific 46.6 percent from the field.

Crawford has brought a ton of energy off the bench for Atlanta this season and is a key reason for their success thus far.

On the other hand, Carl Landry has contributed to the Rockets unexpected 18-13 overall record on the season.

Although he unfortunately lost three teeth after getting elbowed in the mouth by Dallas’ forward Dirk Nowitzki, the beastly Landry is posting 16.7 PPG and 5.9 RPG on a phenomenal 57.8 shooting from the field.

More importantly, Landry is playing just 26.4 MPG compared to Crawfords 30.9 MPG, giving him the edge on our Sixth Man of the Year Award.

NBA Primetime Pick: Carl Landry

Most Valuable Player

Ah, just like every season the MVP award comes down to the top dogs in the league, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

So far Bryant has brought his team to a league leading 24-6 record, averaging 29.9 PPG (second best in league), 5.8 RPG, 4.3 APG, and 2.2 SPG (third in league).

Bryant has also nailed two heart-breaking buzzer beaters, one against the Heat and the other against the Bucks.

LeBron James is having another sensational season, scoring 28.8 PPG (third best in league), along with a career-high 7.8 APG (sixth in league), 6.9 RPG, and 1.4 SPG on 50.2 percent shooting.

The King has carried his squad to 24-8 record (second in East) and has been no short of spectacular this season.

Since James did indeed put a spanking on Bryant and the Lakers on Christmas Day, we rank the King as the leading candidate for the MVP award this season.

NBA Primetime Pick: LeBron James

Most Improved Player

If the season were to end today I’d give the Most Improved Player Award to either Trevor Ariza or Aaron Brooks.

Ariza is enjoying a breakout season, nailing 16.3 PPG compared to last seasons measly 8.9 PPG. Moreover, the forward has shown signs of all-star flashes as he has been a major key to the Rockets overall success this season.

Brooks is also enjoying a major boost in production this year, averaging 17.2 PPG and 5.1 APG on 42.3 percent shooting from the field.

NBA Primetime Pick: Trevor Ariza

Defensive Player of the Year

The battle for Defensive Player of the Year is between Orlando’s reigning winner Dwight Howard and Atlanta’s sky-flyer Josh Smith.

Both athletes rank on top of the blocks per game category, (Howard-2.5 BPG, Smith-2.4 BPG).

While Smith is a scary presence on the defensive end, Howard is an absolute monster in the paint, forcing opponents to re-adjust and ultimately alter their shots.

NBA Primetime Pick: Dwight Howard

Coach of the Year

After winning a league worst 17 games last season, Paul Westphal and his Sacramento Kings have gotten off to an amazing start, already winning 14 games with over 50 contests remaining.

Westphal has turned this disappointing Kings team around and has certainly placed them into the spotlight in the western conference.

If the team continues to play at this level, there is no reason why Westphal should not receive this very prestigious award.

NBA Primetime Pick: Paul Westphal

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J_M_B
12-29-2009, 03:09 PM
Ariza is having a career year, but I'm not sure he should win MIP...

Jays Claw
12-29-2009, 03:29 PM
You have created this thread a bit early. ;)

Cool007
12-29-2009, 04:01 PM
Yes, this is way too early.

Anyway, how can it NOT be Joakim Noah as MIP??? 10+ppg 12+rpg 2bpg

He is averaging double double - one of the top rebounders and top in blocked shots and he comes to play every game (THE ONLY PLAYER TO HAVE 7 OR MORE REBOUNDS EACH AND EVERY SINGLE GAME THIS YEAR).

I guess they ONLY look at points when considering MIP>???

20R8ersfaN08
12-29-2009, 04:11 PM
Kobe for MVP

dev0
12-29-2009, 04:23 PM
not too early, clearly cited as predictions for 1/3rd of the season... and if they do them 2 months before the season starts then now is a better time than ever.
i like Kobe for MVP over James for overcoming many injuries and for performances like this "Devoid of any feeling in his right arm since late in the third quarter, Bryant still managed to do what he does best: make clutch shots. Bryant ignored an arm that had no feeling and connected on two huge 3-pointers in the second overtime, finishing with 38 points Saturday in a 112-103 win at Sacramento."
i also like the aforementioned NOAH for MIP, hes been a beast

GoatMilk
12-29-2009, 04:35 PM
here's mine

MVP: Kobe

MIP: Chris Kaman

ROY: Tyreke Evans

COY: Adelman. ----no way the Rockets should be this good. Truly shows how good a coach he is. Westphaul has talent and the kings were so bad last year, that team can only go up.

Adelman
Scotty Brooks
Lionel Hollins
Paul Westphaul

6th man: Carl Landry

DPOY: I'm going Josh Smith

tredigs
12-29-2009, 04:36 PM
Trevor Ariza as MIP??? NO, sorry. Anybody giving an MIP award to a person who's shooting 37% on the year and who in general just has disgusting shot selection needs to find a new occupation. Plus, during the last month he has been truly horrible. He's the MOP, Most Overused Player. A great wing shooter who you should get the ball to in bunches if he's feeling it, but not somebody you want to be running an offense through like they have been doing.
I like Brooks or Noah for the spot, but probably give the edge to Noah just because you can just FEEL the hours this guy has put in to make his game better. Kid is a true workhorse, definitely worthy of the award!

Far as the others I'd say:

MVP = Kobe (pretty interchangeable with Lebron but I cannot stand that kid this year, so you take it Kobe)

ROY = Evans

6th = Landry (He should really be getting more PT. Which is why I won't give Adelman COY)

Coach = Westphaul I guess (This is hard to judge for me)

DPOY = Dwight Howard. Josh Smith is more surprising but Howard is still THE force to be reckoned with.

blastmasta26
12-29-2009, 04:39 PM
What the hell is this garbage? How does Jared Jeffries not get MVP and Defensive Player of the Year?

-Kobe24-TJ19-
12-29-2009, 04:44 PM
What the hell is this garbage? How does Jared Jeffries not get MVP and Defensive Player of the Year?

No mention about Mark Blount and Mike James!
Who wrote this article??? onion???

fredv
12-29-2009, 04:49 PM
Carl Landry is also the player who scores the most points in the 4th Quarter throughout the ENTIRE LEAGUE. He's infront of Lebron then Kobe i think or something like that. I saw the chart a couple days ago.

fredv
12-29-2009, 04:50 PM
And no to Ariza for MIP. I'm a Rockets fan and he has been playing HORRIBLE for the last 6 games. He needs to get back on track.

PrettyBoyJ
12-29-2009, 04:57 PM
MVP- Kobe
ROY- Jennings
DPOY- Howard
MIP- Joah Kim Noah
6th Man- Carl Landry
COY- Scott Brooks

madiaz3
12-29-2009, 05:07 PM
Ariza hasn't actually improved. He's just been allowed to shoot as much as he wants to (37% FG) while averaging 14 more minutes per game.

tdunk21
12-29-2009, 05:38 PM
isnt it too early to fantasize about these awards