NBA Midseason Awards
Some picks may surprise, but the decisions are in. Here are our picks for midseason NBA awards.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The real question is can they keep it going?
Eastern Conference MVP: LeBron James: I know some New York faithful will want Melo, but the reality is no one is doing what LeBron is doing. He dominates all aspects of the game. Numerically, his numbers are absurd going for 27.1 PPG, 6.9 APG, and 8.1 RPG. He dominates both ends of the court where players like Melo only really get it done on one. I know LeBron isn’t always the popular choice, but it is the honest one.
Honorable Mention: Carmelo Anthony.
Western Conference MVP: Kevin Durant: Durant is tearing the Western Conference apart this year. He’s going for 29 PPG, 4.4 APG, and 7.4 RPG. Durantula has proven to simply become impossible to guard offensively. Plus, he’s picked up his game defensively too. He is the reason the Oklahoma City Thunder are 39-13 and many experts pick to take the west come playoff time. With James Harden gone to the Houston Rockets, Durant has proven OKC is his team and frankly put them on his back not only throughout the game, but most importantly in the last seconds of games where he continues to nail clutch shot after clutch shot.
Honorable Mention: Tony Parker, Chris Paul & Kobe Bryant.
6th Man of the Year: J.R. Smith: Although a few names were strongly considered in this category, it had to be Smith. He is having a spectacular season going for 16 PPG, 2.8 APG, and 5.0 RPG off the bench for the Knicks. More impressively, he has taken on the torch of past 6-Man of the Year winners like Manu Ginobili by being the life-blood of the Knicks. He is their spark when they need it. This could be an in-you-face dunk or a step-back three. Smith is the Swagger in New York’s impressive 32-17 first half to the season.
Defensive Player of the Year: Joakim Noah: Noah has proven that it is he and not Derrick Rose that is the true secret to Chicago’s success. With Rose out this entire season, Noah has gone for 11.8 PPG, 11.3 RPG, & 2.0 BPG. He is the rock in the center of Chicago’s defense and defense is what has lead the Bulls to a surprising 30-21 record without their MVP point guard.
Honorable Mention: Andre Iguodala.