Think it's too early to pick a MVP or Rookie of the Year? Well too bad! I did it anyway. Sound off about how bad my picks are below. Love Ya!!
Rookie of the Year
Pretty obvious call here. Simply put, he’s at the top or near the top in every statistical category among all rookies. First in scoring at over 20 a game, 2nd in Assists with 5 and 4th in rebounds with 5 as well. He plays over 37 minutes a game and its clear the Offense goes through him. He’s a beast who attacks the basket with the ability to finish like a veteran, and he plays defense! What’s not to love?!
Honorable Mention-Brandon Jennings Milwaukee 18.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6 APG, 1.0 SPG
Coach of the Year
Nate McMillen-Portland Trailblazers 25-16
No team in the league has dealt with as many injuries this season as the Trailblazers have, and for them to be ranked 5th in the West right now is nothing short of amazing. Nate McMillen has done a tremendous job with the cards he’s b een dealt. Greg Oden, Joel Przibilla are out for the year, Travis Outlaw and Rudy Fernandez have missed significant time. Last night their best player Brandon Roy was out against the Orlando Magic and they still came out with a win. Most teams would wilt under the pressure of losing their best players and just disappear in the background. Not Portland, and a lot of credit has to go to Coach McMillen for keeping this team competitive every night. Side note, McMillen injured his ACL in practice because he had to play due to the team being shorthanded. That’s dedication.
6th Man of the Year
Jamal Crawford Atlanta Hawks 17.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.7 3 Pointers per game
For those of you who have read me in the past, you know how much of a stat geek I can be. Here’s a stat for you, Jamal Crawford has played more 4th Quarter minutes than any player in the league. More than Wade, Lebron, Kobe, Melo and Brandon Roy. That alone shows how imnportant he is to this Hawks team. On most teams Crawford would start, and he’s been a starter most of his career. For him to join this Hawks team, come off the bench and accept the role like he has can’t be ignored. Jason Terry is the favorite but if I had a vote, Crawford would be the man. Atlanta is one of the elite teams in the East, and Crawford is a big reason why.
Honorable Mention-Jason Terry Dallas Mavericks 16.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 3.7 ASP, 1.6 3’s Per Game
Blake Griffin Los Angelos Clippers
Considering all the hype around the Oklahoma product and his NBA debut, for him to injure his knee and miss the season has to be the biggest disappointment of the season. Currently the Clippers are 17-21 and have been pretty good this season. You have to think with an explosive player like Griffin in the mix the Clippers might have been a playoff contender. The NBA is driven by its stars and Griffin was projected to be one of the big stars in the league. We will have to wait another year and it will remain to be seen if that explosiveness that made him the #1 pick will be affected.
Oklahoma City 23-59 in ’08-’09 21-18 this season, tied for 8th in the West
Last season Oklahoma City was one of the worst teams in the West, now they are competing with the Utah Jazz for the 8th and final playoff seed in the West. If I told you at the beginning of the season that the Thunder would be a playoff team you would have slapped my Mama and told me to get out of your house. Why am I in your house? I’m not entirely sure about that. Anyway, this team has a great young core with Russell Westbrook(9th in Assists), Jeff Green and one of the best up and coming players in Kevin Durant. Rookies Eric Maynor and James Harden have shown promise and could be solid contributors in the NBA. If they can keep this core together its scary how good the Thunder could get.
Brandon Roy Portland Trailblazers 23.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.4 3 pt per game
I know Brandon Roy isn’t the sexy pick, everyone wants to go with Lebron or Kobe, or even Dirk Novitski this season, but I like to think outside the box. Call me crazy but I don’t think any player has had a bigger impact on their teams success as Brandon Roy, and that includes Lebron. Just look at everything Roy has had to deal with this season, lost his starting Center Greg Oden for the year, lost the backup Center Joel Prizbilla for the year, LaMarcus Aldridge’s been hurt, and they are still playing at a high level. You can’t tell me that if Cleveland lost Mo Williams, Shaq and Anderson Verajoa that they would still be a top team in the East. Brandon Roy has put this team on his back and is playing great. Case in point, his performance against the Lakers on January 8th, a 107-98 victory where Roy took over in the 4th and won that game. 32 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and a ridiculous 13 of 14 at the line. The kid is good.
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Written by Danny Shapiro
Danny Shapiro is 26 years old, married and a father to 2 boys, who he hopes one day to play MLB and support him and his wife in their old age. Danny's second love, mistress even, is sports and Danny is living his dream of being a sports writer right now, thanks to Prosportsblogging.com.