Were now in march and its time to look at the early favorites for the NBA Awards. These players and coaches are all standing out among the rest. So Who has the inside edge to win each award? Lets Find out.
Coach of the Year: Mark Jackson - Helped along by a healthy Curry, Jackson is poised to coach the Warrior to their first playoff berth in six years. Golden State has a firm lock on the Western Conference's sixth seed and is a mere 10 wins away from doubling the victory total (23) from last season.Don't make the mistake of believing the going has been easy for Jackson and company. Bogut figured to (eventually) play a huge role in the team's plans this season, but he's seen the light of just 12 games. Jackson has thus been relegated to depending on rookie Festus Ezeli (14.6 minutes per game). more than he would care to admit.
Defensive Player of the Year: Joakim Noah - Not only is he one of just two players (Dwight Howard) in the NBA averaging at least 10 rebounds, one steal and two blocks per game, but he's second in defensive win shares (4.1) on a top-five defensive team.
Most Improved Player: Jrue Holiday - Holiday ranks eighth in assist percentage (40.3) and technically third in assists per game (8.7) with Rajon Rondo sidelined for the rest of the season. He's also one of just two players (Chris Paul) averaging at least 15 points, eight assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Sixth Man of the Year: J.R. Smith - J.R. Smith shouldn't be a candidate, let alone a favorite for this award, though not because he doesn't deserve it; because he should be starting.
Rookie of the Year: Damian lillard - Damian Lillard essentially has this award on his mantle already.The rookie point guard is averaging a lucrative 18.4 points and 6.4 assists per game. He's emerged as the Portland Trail Blazers' go-to scorer down the stretch and improved upon his skills to make big plays considerably.
MVP: Lebron James - Kevin Durant has had a monster year but lebron James is simply having a better one. He has the edge to win the MVP this year. If he sustains his 31.9 PER, it will go down as the highest mark in NBA history of any player who appeared in at least 50 games.
There's really not much else I can say that does him justice.