NBA Midseason Awards 2016-2017

The All-Star break is near, so today I will be going over the NBA midseason awards!
MVP: Russell Westbrook
Although most of the MVPs in the last few years have been on a top 3 team in their respective conference, I believe that there are only two candidates. Westbrook and Harden shine among the pack as too elite caliber player that are responsible for their team’s success. The difference for me is that Westbrook is affecting the game in more ways than just offense. Westbrook’s defensive abilities are probably one of the more underrated parts of his game. He may not put up flashy defensive numbers, but he stops his opponents from scoring a lot which is what defense comes down too. If you haven’t yet heard, Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple double in only 35 minutes. Russell Westbrook is the midseason MVP!
Coach of the Year: Quin Snyder
The Jazz has exceeded expectations this year, currently sitting 5th in the West with a 29-18 record. The Jazz has struggled offensively in recent years, but this year their offense has played well and their defense is still playing as solid as always. Snyder has developed some young player into young stars, and I think the league will reward him for his work with a Coach of the Year award!
Rookie of the Year: Joel Embiid
This one is pretty much a free award for Embiid, being that he is competing against one of the worst draft classes in history for this award. Embiid has played at a high level, a level that other rookies in this draft probably won’t ever reach. The only rookie giving Embiid a run for his money is Brogdon, who has a bright future. Brogdon is a capable scorer who is efficient and plays good defense, but Brogdon won’t win this award because Embiid has streaks such as 20 points in 10 straight games.
Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert is having a career year and is one of the many young and upcoming stars for a young Jazz team. Gobert’s defense is consistently their every night, which is why I chose him over others such as Davis and Jordan, who have had bad defensive games. Gobert’s two and a half blocks per game lead the league, so that is why Rudy Gobert should win midseason defensive player of the year!
Most Improved Player Of The Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo
There are only 4 players who are truly in the race for most improved, but since George Hill hasn’t been playing well as of late, I decided the three main candidates were Isaiah Thomas, Jabari Parker, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. As good as Isaiah is doing this season, he was a star last year too, so my final two were Giannis and Jabari. Jabari has had quite an impressive season, but he hasn’t been playing well defensively, thus I gave the award to the Greek Freak! Giannis is having an incredible year, earning an all-star bid, and has played like a top tier player. Giannis is no doubt currently in the MVP race and has played like a superstar.
Sixth Man Of The Year: Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon, once a highly praised rookie for the Clippers, has finally got his groove back, currently leading Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and the rest of the NBA in made 3 pointers. No one else should be considered for 6th man of the year, Gordon has played outstanding and has silenced all the doubters who thought he couldn’t return to his pre-injury self. Gordon has stayed healthy this year and has been extremely efficient, which is why this award belongs to him.
Executive of the Year: Bob Myers (Golden State Warriors)
It’s pretty clear you are going to win this award when you break a single season record, sign a superstar, and then have another outstanding season. Bob Myers is executive of the year, CASE DISMISSED!!!


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