NBA Awards

Rookie of the Year – Karl Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves

The centre has been racking up double-doubles in the league like a 10 year veteran. After averaging a double-double of 18.3 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game the rookie out of Kentucky has to win Rookie of the Year.

At the start of the season, Knicks’ Kristaps Porziņģis was leading the race for Rookie of the Year but KAT has well and truly overtaken, as the Timberwolves looked to make a push for the playoffs.

KAT’s versatility to play the 4 or 5 makes him, after Andrew Wiggins, the T’Wolves’ most important player.

Minnesota’s next head coach inherit a talented young roster who will definitely win a Championship in the next five years.

Defensive Player of the Year – Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks

As well as averaging over 17 points per game in the regular season, the power forward averaged 1.7 blocks per game and just under two steals per game. Hawks’ defence was unbreakable this year.

Sixth Man of the Year – Andre Iguodala – Golden State Warriors

In just 26 minutes per game Andre showed why he won Finals MVP last year, posting seven points per game, four rebounds per game and over three assists per game for the season. He is a force that can score from outside and under the basket and long range twos.

Most Improved Player of the Year – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks

The ‘Greek Freak’ never posted a triple double before in his career before this season – he posted four this season by March. After averaging  6.7 rebpunds per game, 2.6 assists per game and just over 12 points per game last season Giannis has improved significantly in just one season. He totalled 16.9 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game and over four assists per game.

Coach of the Year – Steve Kerr – Golden State Warriors

73-9 – the best ever NBA record… Though a special mention should go to Luke Walton whop stepped in when Kerr had back surgery – he left with a record of 39–4, the second-best start in league history.

Most Valuable Player – Steph Curry – Golden State Warriors

  • 400 threes in a season – NBA record after breaking one he set last year.
  • 152 games with consecutive threes. NBA record.
  • 90% Free throw. 50% field goal percentage. 40% three point percentage. Just the seventh time anyone has done this in an NBA season.
  • 29.9 points per game. Lead NBA.
  • 2.1 steals per game. Lead NBA.
  • 6.7 assists per game. 11th in NBA

All NBA Team:

Point Guard: Steph Curry – Warriors
Shooting Guard: Russell Westbrook – Thunder
Small Forward:Kawhi Leonard – Spurs
Power Forward: Kevin Durant – Thunder
Centre: DeMarcus Cousins – Kings

All Rookie Team:

Point Guard: Raul Neto – Jazz
Shooting Guard: Norman Powell – Raptors
Small Forward: Justice Winslow – Heat
Power Forward: Kristaps Porziņģis – Knicks
Centre: Karl Anthony Towns – Timberwolves

 

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