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2010 Final Award Predictions

 

 

  • Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings.

 

With injuries to Kings star Kevin Martin, they were thought to contend with the Nets as the worst team in the league. Tyreke Evans has shown leadership in his wins such as his game-winning shot against the Milwaukee Bucks, and taking his team on his back and grinding out victories. We are only a third of the way done with the season and they are only four wins shy of having just as many wins as they had all of last season. Unfortunately, Kobe and Lebron came in this past week to remind him that he is, in fact, just a rookie.

 

  • Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

 

Its quite ironic that last years Defensive Player of the Year is defending his title so well. Once again, he leads the league with 13.3 rebounds per game and 2.5 blocks per game. You cant even put a statistical measurement on what his mere presence in the lane does for the Magic’s defense. Just about every player knows to look out for Superman when driving to the lane, who alters just about every shot he is near.

 

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  • Coach of the Year: Mike Woodson, Atlanta Hawks

 

Mike Woodson has consistently had more wins each season he’s coached. He took a young and raw team and developed them into an elite contender. As of now, they are one tier below the Celtics and Magic, but could easily come out of the East on top. Jamal Crawford has been unsuccessful on his past few teams, but Mike Woodson has managed him well. No one thought he would be able to come off the bench and actually contribute to Atlanta, but has done exactly that.

 

  • Most Valuable Player: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

 

Lakers are on pace to win 60+ with Kobe single-handedly stealing wins from Miami and Milwaukee. He has averaged 34 points per game in the previous five, even with a fractured index finger on his shooting hand. Granted, Lakers have been in a bit of a slump lately, losing two of four. Those two wins were against sub .500 teams, taking two overtimes against Sacramento and 44 points from Kobe against Golden State to get the win. Lebron is rapidly rising on the MVP list, but for now the reigning Finals MVP is the frontrunner.

 

 

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By: Evan Shugerman
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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