As you in all probability know or could have guessed by now, the NBA waits to disclose their common season award winners after the NBA Playoffs and NBA Draft with an award present after the season.
While in principle it is a good concept and offers some enjoyable drama across the awards, ready round for over two months at hand out the awards that had been determined upon in April will not be a great search for the league and a lot of the intrigue surrounding these awards has dissipated by the point they’re revealed because the NBA Finals and NBA Draft are recent in followers and gamers minds and never the common season.
Nonetheless the NBA is sticking to this methodology (for now) they usually launched their awards finalists on Wednesday:
Most Valuable Player: James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis
Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis
Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum
Most Improved Player: Victor Oladipo, Clint Capela, Spencer Dinwiddie
Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams, Eric Gordon, Fred VanVleet
Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens, Dwane Casey, Quin Snyder
There is one nominee that stands proud like a sore thumb on that listing, Dwane Casey.
Casey could very effectively win coach of the yr after main the Raptors to a franchise-best 59 wins and the highest seed within the jap convention, however after being swept out of the jap convention semifinals but once more by LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Casey was fired final week. Yikes.
This is strictly why you don’t wait two months to unveil these awards. I miss the times when the MVP would settle for his award on the courtroom in entrance of his followers within the 2nd spherical of the NBA Playoffs (apart from Dirk in 07 and would have been the scenario with Westbook final season).
This has led to some traditional playoff moments like David Robinson accepting the award in 1994 earlier than the Spurs second spherical collection with the Rockets after which getting torched by a extremely motivated Hakeem Olajuwon en path to his first of two NBA titles.
Most of the winners really feel apparent, Harden will win MVP, Oladipo with win most improved, Lou Williams has bought sixth man locked up and regardless of Mitchell’s unbelievable season, Simmons is probably going taking dwelling rookie of the yr. The two with any intrigue for my part are defensive participant of the yr and coach of the yr.
My hunch is that Gobert and Casey gained these awards, however the entire world is aware of that if voters voted now Brad Stevens would win the award by a landslide.
We’ll see if Dwane Casey has to endure a painfully awkward acceptance speech come June 25…
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