NBA Awards 2016 Predictions: Odds, MVP Predictions & Awards

NBA Awards 2016 MPV

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The NBA playoffs are just around the corner. It is arguably the best time in the NBA. All that teams have been working for the whole season is coming together and a chance for a title is on the line.  Will the Warriors go back-to-back , will LeBron finally win a title for Cleveland, or will something else happen? Either way, we are in for a good showing. The NBA end of season awards will be coming out soon, so lets check out some predictions for all the awards given out.

MVP

Prediction: Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors (Odds: 1/100)

NBA Awards MVP, Steph Curry

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Plain and simple, there is only one man who should be the recipient of this award and that is Steph Curry. After winning the 2014-2015 MVP averaging 23.8 points a game, Curry is closing in at 29.9 points a game this season where in many of the games he has even sat out the fourth quarter due to blow outs. Curry is also 8 three point field goals away from making 400 on the season. Steph is leading the Warriors to a potential all-time record breaking season if they beat the Grizzles Wednesday night. They are seeking win number 73 of the season, which would break the 95′-96′ Bulls 72 win record. The only question regarding Steph Curry and the MVP voting is whether or not it will be unanimous.


Rookie of the Year

Prediction: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (Odds: -1200)

Rookie of the Year

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Karl-Anthony Towns, another product of the one and done Kentucky system, is averaging a double double in his first season in the NBA. Coming in averaging 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds a game is a way to show your dominance in the league for years to come. Towns also is the leader in both of those categories for all rookies. Towns should be the winner of this award and the Timberwolves future will be very bring with him leading the team along with last year’s winner of the award Andrew Wiggins.


Defensive Player of the Year

Prediction: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Defensive Player of the Year

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There are a lot of good candidates in this category such as Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Kawhi Leonard and Hassan Whiteside. All of these players have an argument to win this award. At this time, I’m going with Kawhi Leonard do to his real plus minus being second in the league to only Steph Curry at 8.58. Kawhi is a star in this league on both ends of the floor while he also has the second-highest defensive rating in the league. He will take any defensive assignment and make it his goal to shut them down.


Sixth Man of the Year

Prediction: Jeremy Lin, Charlotte Hornets

Sixth Man of the Year

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I’m going with a surprise pick here as Lin as managed to play to his career averages this year and help lead the Hornets into the playoffs. The Hornets have had many injuries this year that look like it would derail the team and not make the playoffs, but Lin has continued to put up impressive numbers throughout the whole year. He is averaging 11.6 points, 3 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game coming off the bench. That is someone you want on your team when he is only playing around 25+ minutes a game.


Most Improved Player

Prediction: C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers

Most Improved Player

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The Trail Blazers lost a lot of their offense this past offseason.  The Trail Blazers LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum to name a few. They received some players in trades they expected to help out but the one that provided the team the most help was 3-year guard C.J. McCollum.  McCollum came in this year averaging 6.8 points a game and on 1.0 assist per game. This year is a whole different story.  He is averaging 20.9 points a game while dissing out 4.3 assist per game also. He should be in line for the Most Improved Player this time around.


Coach of the Year

Prediction: Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

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A lot of the attention the Warriors are getting right now has taken away the spotlight on the season the Spurs have had this year. Until yesterdays lost to the Warriors at home, the Spurs were competing for a perfect home record thats never been done in the NBA before. While it looks like they will have one blemish on that record, that is still very impressive. They are also only a few games behind the Warriors who are in first place and close to breaking the single season wins record in the NBA. So give credit to the Warriors, but they have had two coaches this year and they are a complete team full of young healthy players looking to break records. The Spurs are an older and more veteran team that takes days off for rest and still blows teams out of the water due to the coaching of Gregg Popovich.