2020 NBA Midseason Award Predictions

2020 NBA Midseason Award Predictions

By Graham Tuck

February 11, 2020

As the All-Star break approaches, the NBA award races are becoming increasingly clear.  Even still, there’s time left for things to be decided. Here are my predictions for who will win every major award at the end of the 2019-2020 NBA season.

Coach Of the Year: Erik Spoelstra

The Heat were expected to be a playoff team this year, but nobody expected them to be in this position.  At 35-18 at the time of writing, they’re in fourth in the Eastern Conference and only four and a half games behind the number two seed.  Great play from Nunn, Butler, Adebayo, and Herro has helped catapult them, but their roster still lacks the big names typically on a great team.  Spoelstra has done a terrific job with this roster and deserves the hardware to prove it.

Most Improved Player: Devonte’ Graham

Graham has been a rare bright spot for the Hornets.  He’s scoring thirteen points per game more than he was a year ago, and he’s become one of the league’s most prolific three point shooters.  Graham absolutely broke onto the scene this year and should be a very talented player in the league for years to come.

Sixth Man: Derrick Rose

While his body can’t take the stress of playing a starter’s minutes anymore, Rose is playing like a starter should.  In just over 26 minutes per game, he’s averaging eighteen and a half points a game, the most since his days before injury.  The Pistons aren’t going anywhere in the east, but that shouldn’t stop Rose from being rewarded for the work he’s putting in.

Defensive Player Of the Year: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis said before the year that his goal was to win Defensive Player Of the Year, and he’s made it clear that he was not making a ruse.  Averaging 1.5 steals and 2.5 blocks per game, he’s putting up the numbers to bring home the hardware. The Lakers have needed him this season, and his addition has led them to the first seed in the western conference at the time of writing.  In the recent past, this has been the Rudy Gobert award, but Davis is poised to change that.

Rookie Of the Year: Ja Morant

Ja Morant has been playing like a man possessed since the opening game of the season.  His 17.5 points per game are the most among rookies, not to mention that he’s shooting nearly 50% from the field (49.1%).  His highlight reel will only continue to grow after the all star break, and it’d be a crime to disrespect his body of work.

Most Valuable Player: Luka Doncic

Similarly to how Giannis elevates the Bucks, Luka elevates the Mavericks.  They’re within four games of the second seed, and without Luka they wouldn’t even be in the playoff picture.  Averaging nearly 30 points per game and transforming the Mavs into a playoff contender, Luka has to be the MVP front runner at this point.

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