Dallas Mavericks: End of season awards predictions roundtable
By Kohl Rast
The NBA awards will be presented to the winners on Monday, June 24th. The staff at The Smoking Cuban made their picks on the main awards as well as some made up ones.
The NBA awards show has been one that Dallas Mavericks fans haven’t cared too much about lately, but this year will definitely be different. It is definitely fun to see who wins each award, and with some real contests for some of the major awards, the winner for each one is not exactly clear at this point.
For the MVP award, it appears to be a two-way race between Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden. Both had incredible seasons this year with Harden setting a new offensive pace that we haven’t seen in a very long time, while Giannis was easily the best two-way player in the league.
The Rookie of the Year award is going to garner interest from the Mavs fans even though it is pretty clear that Luka Doncic is going to win by a landslide. Even still, Trae Young has somehow found his way into the conversation.
The Most Improved Player award should be a really fun one. Although most people are calling it a two man race at this point, I think there are more players that should have their hat in the ring other than just Pascal Siakam and D’Angelo Russell.
The Sixth Man of the Year will almost definitely be a Los Angeles Clipper and the runner up will most likely be one as well. Between Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers have some of the best bench production we have seen in recent history.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Rudy Gobert and others may all have a case at the Defensive Player of the Year award. This vote could be a good one and will come down to what type of defense the voters value the most.
The Coach of the Year is a wide open contest.
The other awards I added after the basics include, “Best Story of the Year”, “NBA Champions” and “Surprise Team of the Year”. Let’s take a look at who The Smoking Cuban staff members picked.