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Tristan Beckmann’s NBA Awards and Playoff Predictions at Midseason

The NBA Season is in full effect and we are nearing the ever so pumped up All-Star break. We just passed the trade deadline and fans witnessed one of the most spectacular deadlines in years, led by the Cleveland Cavaliers full on ship raid of their struggling roster. Some teams made moves, others stayed quiet, but in the end all that matters is one thing: The NBA Championship. Who will raise up the trophy in early June? But what about the MVP? What about other exciting individual awards? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I am here to do a full rundown of my personal predictions for each NBA Season award, and more. And I won’t leave you on that note, as I will be including my complete End of Season Predictions including the Playoffs. So enough of the talk. Let’s get right into my full predictions for the conclusion of this wonderful NBA Season.

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player is…

Houston Rockets SG James Harden

Current Statistics through 2/13/2018:

(31.3 points, 8.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.7 blocks, 35.8 minutes, 44.8% FG, 38.1% 3PT, 86.6 % FT)

Why: Harden has been arguably the best player in the NBA so far this season and he has led the Houston Rockets to a 42-13 record and contention for the first seed in the Western Conference. His stats speak for themselves and Harden has clearly established himself as the top MVP choice in my opinion. I mean to be fair, he’s averaging nearly 4 points more than the second highest scorer in the league. That’s astonishing! Unless he has a dramatic falloff in production in the second half of the season, I think that the Beard has finally secured an MVP award.

Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year is…

New Orleans Pelicans PF Anthony Davis

Current Statistics through 2/13/2018:

(10.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 2.1 blocks)

Why: The Brow is one of the most complete players in the game today and he’s having another stellar season on the defensive end. Davis forces opponents to go out of their comfort zone and he is a tremendous defensive asset for the Pelicans. Without Davis, this Pelicans team could simply be apart of the worst three teams in the entire NBA. His defensive value is unmatched and his statistics just weigh into that even more. He will keep swatting away shots and snagging rebounds that are out of his element.

Kia Most Improved Player is…

Indiana Pacers SG Victor Oladipo

Current Statistics through 2/13/2018:

(24.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.8 blocks, 34.5 minutes, 48.7% FG, 38.3% 3PT, 80.6% FT)

Why: Was Russell Westbrook holding back the development of future all-star guard Victor Oladipo in Oklahoma City? Well, we will never know but that’s certainly what some basketball minds will assume after watching the former Hoosier product play this season in a Pacers uniform. Oladipo has played out of his element this season and is finally becoming the star player that many hyped him up to be out of college. Being dealt to the Pacers was probably the best thing that really could’ve happened to Oladipo. He’s helped lead the Pacers to playoff contention in the Eastern Conference and will certainly aim to lead them to a deep run in the postseason.

Kia NBA Sixth Man Of The Year is…

Houston Rockets G Eric Gordon

Current Statistics through 2/13/2018:

(18.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, 31.9 minutes, 41.9% FG, 33.4% 3PT, 81.5% FT)

Why: Another Rockets shooting guard is my pick to win another award. Eric Gordon has finally shrugged off an injury plagued career and is having another career season in Houston. Last year’s three point contest winner is earning himself quite a reputation as a powerful scorer in Houston and expects to play a vitally important role in the Rockets postseason run later this season. Gordon provides a major punch as the first man off the bench and he can take over a game with his tremendous shooting ability as well as scoring talents.

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year is…

Utah Jazz SG Donovan Mitchell

Current Statistics through 2/13/2018:

(19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.4 blocks, 32.0 minutes, 44.0% FG, 35.3% 3PT, 83.6% FT)

Why: Ok, ok, I get it, you’re probably extremely surprised and kind of understanding or you are screaming at me through your device right now. Where’s Ben Simmons, you might ask? Well, I’ve debated it for a long time and I believe that Simmons should not be considered a rookie and it is unfair. Essentially, I’m boycotting the Rookie of the Year award, if he wins it. Simmons earned valuable time on the bench while sitting out last season, unlike all rookies. But enough of the Simmons jabber, let’s talk about the Jazz future star guard Donovan Mitchell. I called that he was the steal of this draft as soon as he got drafted and he’s not made me look stupid yet. He’s been tremendous all season and is the star in Utah. He’s carrying and uplifting the Jazz as their go-to guy. He can score at will and take over at any given moment in the game. He’s scored over 40 points twice and we haven’t hit the All-Star break. Talk about deserving!

NBA Coach of the Year is…

Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Tom Thibodeau

Why: We have hit the most debatable award yet. Coach of the Year is always an interesting argument but I believe that Tom Thibodeau deserves the recognition this season. He’s turned around the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise, both as coach and vice president of basketball operations. The Wolves finished 13th in the Western Conference last season and had a 31-51 record. This season so far? They sit at 4th in the Western Conference and have a 35-24 record, which already showcases the fact that this team has more wins before the all-star break than they had all last season.

NBA All-Rookie First Team:

Dallas Mavericks G Dennis Smith Jr.

Utah Jazz G Donovan Mitchell

Boston Celtics F Jayson Tatum

Philadelphia 76ers F Ben Simmons

Los Angeles Lakers F Kyle Kuzma

NBA All-Rookie Second Team:

Los Angeles Lakers G Lonzo Ball

Sacramento Kings G De’Aaron Fox

Toronto Raptors F OG Anunoby

Chicago Bulls F Lauri Markkanen

Golden State Warriors F Jordan Bell

All-NBA First Team:

Golden State Warriors G Stephen Curry

Houston Rockets G James Harden

Cleveland Cavaliers F LeBron James

Milwaukee Bucks F Giannis Antetokounmpo

New Orleans Pelicans F Anthony Davis

All-NBA Second Team:

Oklahoma City Thunder G Russell Westbrook

Portland Trail Blazers G Damian Lillard

Toronto Raptors G DeMar DeRozan

Golden State Warriors F Kevin Durant

Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid

All-NBA Third Team:

Boston Celtics G Kyrie Irving

Washington Wizards G Bradley Beal

Indiana Pacers G Victor Oladipo

Detroit Pistons F Blake Griffin

San Antonio Spurs F LaMarcus Aldridge

All-NBA Defensive First Team:

Milwaukee Bucks G Eric Bledsoe

Minnesota Timberwolves G Jimmy Butler

Oklahoma City Thunder F Paul George

New Orleans Pelicans F Anthony Davis

Utah Jazz C Rudy Gobert

All-NBA Defensive Second Team:

Houston Rockets G Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers G Patrick Beverley

Milwaukee Bucks F Giannis Antetokounmpo

Golden State Warriors F Draymond Green

Miami Heat C Hassan Whiteside

End of Season Playoff Predictions:

Eastern Conference End of Season Standings:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Milwaukee Bucks
  5. Washington Wizards
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Philadelphia 76ers
  8. Detroit Pistons

Western Conference End of Season Standings:

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Minnesota Timberwolves
  4. San Antonio Spurs
  5. Oklahoma City Thunder
  6. Portland Trail Blazers
  7. Denver Nuggets
  8. Utah Jazz

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals-

#1 Boston Celtics vs. #8 Detroit Pistons

Celtics defeat Pistons, 4-2.

#4 Milwaukee Bucks vs. #5 Washington Wizards

Bucks defeat Wizards, 4-3.

#3 Toronto Raptors vs. #6 Indiana Pacers

Raptors defeat Pacers, 4-2.

#2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. #7 Philadelphia 76ers

Cavaliers defeat 76ers, 4-1.

Eastern Conference Semifinals-

#1 Boston Celtics vs. #4 Milwaukee Bucks

Celtics defeat Bucks, 4-2.

#2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. #3 Toronto Raptors

Cavaliers defeat Raptors, 4-2.

Eastern Conference Finals-

#1 Boston Celtics vs. #2 Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavaliers defeat Celtics, 4-3.

Western Conference Quarterfinals-

#1 Golden State Warriors vs. #8 Utah Jazz

Warriors defeat Jazz, 4-0.

#4 San Antonio Spurs vs. #5 Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder defeat Spurs, 4-3.

#3 Minnesota Timberwolves vs. #6 Portland Trail Blazers

Timberwolves defeat Trail Blazers, 4-2.

#2 Houston Rockets vs. #7 Denver Nuggets

Rockets defeat Nuggets, 4-1.

Western Conference Semifinals-

#1 Golden State Warriors vs. #5 Oklahoma City Thunder

Warriors defeat Thunder, 4-3.

#2 Houston Rockets vs. #3 Minnesota Timberwolves

Rockets defeat Timberwolves, 4-3.

Western Conference Finals-

#1 Golden State Warriors vs. #2 Houston Rockets

Warriors defeat Rockets, 4-3.

The NBA Finals

#1 Golden State Warriors vs. #2 Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavaliers defeat Warriors, 4-3.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @TBeckmannPSF! Also share with your friends and let me know your thoughts on my Predictions on Twitter! Peace!

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