Now that All-Star Weekend has passed, it is time to resume the NBA season. Like I did during the holidays, I will now give you my award winners at this point in the season.
MVP: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
- This is a pretty obvious pick. He is putting up unbelievable numbers and has taken his game to an entirely new level compared to last year. There is really no way to consistently stop him on defense, which is why he is so valuable.
Rookie of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
- Same as last time, but he has gotten better since the holidays. He is putting up double-double averages, which has been rare for a rookie center to do in recent years. He is the future in Minnesota and will start his career off right by taking home this award.
Sixth Man of the Year: Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans)
- He is the perfect backup to compliment Anthony Davis off the bench. He is playing around thirty minutes per game while putting up starter-like numbers. A sixth man is supposed to be a go-to guy you bring in, which is exactly what he has become this season.
Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
- He really is a Greek Freak. This guy is so much fun to watch and is the future face of the Bucks. I really like what I have seen so far this season and there has definitely been a major jump in his talent and production this year.
Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics)
- Let’s think about this. He has a bunch of guys that no one wanted and is having them compete for a top spot in the Eastern conference playoffs. Unbelievable. His tough-minded defensive approach has given Boston a reputation for being tough and rugged. He gets my nod as this year’s best coach.
Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
- I have not seen a perimeter player this versatile and athletic on defense since Scottie Pippen. That is a nearly perfect comparison for Leonard, whose body structure and play style greatly resemble Pip’s. He gets my vote for this year’s award.