Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Pro Basketball Talk Mid-Season Awards


If the league ended today, who would win the season awards? I know that's a really weird way to look at things but that's what we do here at The Pro Basketball Talk. The season is close to the halfway point which means the All-Star break is approaching. 

It's been an interesting season to this point to say the least. Mitch Kupchak went from being a shoe-in for Executive of the Year to being in a flux and having decisions to make mid-season. Knicks fans went from hating Dolan for getting rid of Lin to completely forgetting about any insanity that happened last year. Tim Duncan continues to show no decline in his 17th season and is going to be an All-Star without a doubt. There have been many interesting stories so far and it's been an exciting first half.

Here are a few of our selections for who we think would win the season awards in this slightly surprising first two and a half months of the season.

Most Valuable Player

Jacob Noble's pick (website founder, NBA Unplugged co-host)
Chris Paul
I have to give the nod to Chris Paul for the fact that the Clippers have the best record in the league currently.  This award will most likely not be regained by Lebron James because no one likes a repeat MVP.  Kevin Durant will probably win the award because of his collection of work over the past few seasons, however, the team that is overachieving in many eyes is the Clippers, led by Chris Paul.  He leads that team in almost every category that a point guard can and is responsible for the growth of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, who receive many easy buckets courtesy of the all star point guard.

Mitch McClure's pick (website contributor)
Carmelo Anthony
Clearly Carmelo is playing in that category right now, it's all down to him continuing this success through the rest of the season. Melo has teammates missing in action due to injuries and still has this team right at the top of the conference while leading the league in scoring. In the six games without Carmelo in the line-up this season, the Knicks are 3-3. 

James Bucklin's pick (NBA Unplugged & Bozo's of Basketball co-host) Chris Paul
This is arguably the best season of Chris Paul's career, which is obviously saying something. He's led the Clippers to the best record in the NBA as of when I'm writing this and one of the best winning streaks in recent years. Paul has cemented himself as the undisputed best point guard in the NBA. While his scoring averages obviously won't stack up to the other MVP candidates, CP3 takes over and leads the Clips in scoring when he needs to, scoring 27 and 30 in his last two games. Paul is second in assists, first in steals and the best player on the best team so far this season.


Ben Kenna's pick (Bozo's of Basketball co-host)
Kevin Durant
Losing the Beard hasn't stopped KD and his Thunder, as they keep piling up the wins.  Durant keeps scoring like the Dickens, and is primed to take home his first MVP.



Celebrity Pick: Jay Ellis pick (Actor, Model)
Kevin Durant
Editor's note:  Jay Ellis recently gave an interview with Jacob Noble to talk about his college basketball days, modeling for Jordan Brand, his thoughts on the league and his upcoming projects such as BET's The Game and Movie 43. The interview will be posted tomorrow.

Rookie of the Year

Jacob Noble
Damian Lillard
Open and shut case here. No disputing who the rookie of the year is so far this season with Damian Lillard exceeding everyones expectations.  The Trailblazers might even make the playoffs at this point.  Anthony Davis has battled injuries and Michael Kidd-Gilchrest has been inconsistent, although he has come on late. This leaves the only consistent rookie to play at a high level to win the award hands down.

Mitch McClure
Damian Lillard
Lillard is playing outstanding. He's just adding to the unbelievable crop of NBA point guards that seems to be overflowing right now. Davis still has half a season to put up numbers even after having a little setback with an injury early in the season.

James Bucklin
Damian Lillard
There are really no other candidates. Unibrow hasn't been healthy enough to measure up to what Lillard has been able to do as a full-time starter.


Ben Kenna
Damian Lilliard
No one comes even close to his very impressive first half, with the exception of Minnesota's Alexy Shved.  Let's just hope he isn't playing too many minutes, as the Blazers bench is awful.



Jay Ellis
Damian Lilliard


Sixth Man of the Year

Jacob Noble 
Kevin Martin
I know most people will side with Jamal Crawford but what Kevin Martin has done in Oklahoma City is impressive. Kevin Martin is shooting career highs from three point land as well as the charity stripe.  Many fans will miss the beard but it didn't take them long to look at this move in basketball terms to realize they actually improved their roster by trading James Harden.

Mitch McClure
Kevin Martin
Very close battle between Crawford and Martin going on for the sixth man award. It may seem like Crawford has more impact off the bench but Martin isn't always asked to be the impact man when coming into the game. He picks his spots and plays efficient basketball. Averaging 45% from the field and 46% from downtown is how Martin's helping Thunder fans forget the beard.

James Bucklin
Jamal Crawford
Let's hope this foot injury thing isn't too serious because Crawford has been a borderline all-star this season as a bench player.

 
Ben Kenna
Jamal Crawford
Ray from Cleveland called into The Bozos of Basketball and said that Crawford is the greatest 6th man in NBA history.  Who are we to argue with Ray from Cleveland?


Most Improved Player

Jacob Noble
Chandler Parsons
This award could go to three different players on the Rockets.  Klay Thompson and Anderson Varejao also deserve mentioning.  To me, the winning of this award should be Chandler Parsons who has improved his shooting percentages, most notable his free throw percentage.  Chandler has also increased, basically, all of his statistics with the increased role and playing time with the Rockets.  This is without a doubt the hardest award to predict but if I had a vote, Chandler would receive it.

Mitch McClure
Omer Asik
Omer went from eating leftovers in Chicago to getting the first bite every game in Houston. Asik has not disappointed fans, teammates, or front office after signing his big off-season deal and playing up to the money. 

In Chicago, Asik averaged just under 15 minutes a game, and about 3 points and 6 boards per. In Houston, 30 minutes, over 10 points and 11 boards a game. Continues to improve throughout the season with his offensive efficiency and is my first half pick for Most Improved.

James Bucklin
Nikola Vucevic
Dude went from barely playing to an automatic double-double. Plus he had 29 rebounds in a game.


Ben Kenna
Greivis Vasquez
Putting up near trip-dubs every night.  If other bigger names were doing that, people would be talking a lot more.  That's what happens when your teams biggest season story is a name change.  Poor Grievis.


Coach of the Year

Jacob Noble 
Mike Woodson
I hate agreeing with everyone but how can you not give the nod to Mike Woodson? The Knicks have jumped out of the gate early without their second best player (Amare) and have been playing solid basketball on both ends of the floor. Mike Woodson has been the catalyst for the Knicks defensive improvement over the past two years and now as a head coach, he can earn some hardware for that effort.

Mitch McClure
Mike Woodson
If the season ended today, this is the toughest award to give out. Larry Drew is doing a fantastic job in Atlanta, Popovich always will get his votes, Del Negro, Scott Brooks, Franky V, a lot of coaches are doing a great job this season. Woodson has done it without Amare, Shumpert, and the oldest team in NBA history. Just give it to him.

James Bucklin
Mike Woodson
The Knicks are doing way more than anyone expected. They're the oldest team in history. They've got chuckers, misfits and ball hogs but somehow the Knicks are making it work and have been a beast in the East. Props to the coach.


Ben Kenna
Vinny Del Negro
Taken Lob City and made them the toast of Tinseltown.  Managing the egos well, even if it's probably Chris Paul who's really running things.



Jay Ellis
"The Coach in New York, don't make me say his name"

Defensive Monster of the Year

Jacob Noble
Serge Ibaka
I can't give it to Chris Paul due to his excessive flopping and he doesn't have the best steal/turnover ratio and he only leads by 17 (not 20) is because Conley has played 4 fewer games, add 9.5 steals to Conley and he is only 8 shorter than CP3.  I have to give it to a big man who changes the dynamic of the offensive by being the defensive force. I would love to give it to Avery Bradley, but he just returned to the court. The person who is most deserving of this award this year is Serge Ibaka who leads the league in blocks and is a monster on the rebounding this season.

Mitch McClure
Chris Paul
Paul has the most steals in the league so far and 2nd place in that category is trailing by over 20 steals. Paul has always been a monster perimeter defender and it's clearly spreading to his team as the Clippers average the most steals per game in the NBA and allow only 93.1 points per game (4th best in NBA).

James Bucklin
Tyson Chandler
He's really the Knicks' only defender. And they've been respectable defensively.


Ben Kenna
Avery Bradley
Leading the resurgence in Beantown, his crab crouch is  something that needs to be seen.

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