Originally written on Pass The Pill  |  Last updated 11/17/14

 

Image Courtesy of th09.deviantart.net

 

MVP: Kevin Durant

2011-12 Stats: 27.7 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.3 APG

The MVP race is wide open right now. There are possibly four or five players who all have a chance to take home this coveted award. While right now LeBron James is making a strong push as the favorite, it’s honestly KD’s to lose. What voter’s will notice is that Kevin Durant is having just as good a statistical year as King James.

While James tries to make people forget about his NBA Finals play, he cannot convince people that he is more important to his team than Durant is to the Thunder. Plus, those young legs in OKC will help the Thunder land the number one spot in the Western Conference.

 

Image Courtesy of slamonline.com

Rookie of the Year:

Kyrie Irving

2011-12 Stats: 18.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.9 APG

Probably the easiest selection for the voters, as Kyrie Irving is reminding people of a young CP3. Irving has taken the league by storm and barring a serious run by Ricky Rubio and his T-Wolves, Irving is almost a lock to win the Rookie of the Year award.

 

Image Courtesy of behindthebasket.com

Defensive Player of the Year: Serge Ibaka

2011-12 Stats: 8.3 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.3 BPG

While the award will probably be given to Dwight Howard, if you asked me I would have to go with Serge Ibaka. With the Thunder exceeding expectations and Ibaka, aka “IBLOCKA”, holding down the defensive end. Ibaka’s first career triple-double not only helped his team beat the Nuggets, but it also helped him with the defensive voters as it featured 11 blocks! Oh that’s not enough, well it was the third time “Iblocka” has recorded at least 10 blocks in a game this year!

 

Most Improved Player: Jeremy Lin

2011-12 Stats: 14.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.7 APG

Image Courtesy of usatoday.net

Ryan Anderson and Kyle Lowry and both very well deserving of this award, I believe that their statistical rises are largely due to playing more minutes a game this year. As far as Anderson goes I strongly believe that he is in a lose-lose predicament with the Dwight Howard situation.

As Howard’s situation plays out it will likely overshadow Anderson’s play. But, if Orlando does trade Howard then Anderson may not find himself as many open looks as he saw with Howard in the line-up. With that being said, the decision boils down to Lowry vs. Lin. Lowry may be one of the best pass-first point guards in the NBA. But, if the Rockets don’t make the Playoffs then I believe Lowry won’t be able to take home this award. As far as Lin is concerned, it’s very simple, in a week, he went from D-League afterthought and waiver casualty to Knicks starting point guard and New York’s savior!

 

Image Courtesy of bleacherreport.net

6th Man of the Year: Louis Williams

2011-12 Stats: 15.6 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.7 APG

Playing the Jamal Crawford/Jason Terry role for the Sixers’, Lou Williams is the Sixers’ go-to scorer and he comes off the bench. He has played a vital part in helping the Sixers get off to a huge early lead in the Atlantic Division. While James Harden’s role has grown more important since the injury to backup point guard Eric Maynor, enabling Harden to put up more stats, the fact that the Sixers are at top of the Atlantic Division is way more surprising then the Thunder at top of the Western Conference.

 

Coach of the Year: Doug Collins

Sixers Record: 20-13* (currently on 4 game losing streak)

While Greg Popovich is also looking like a strong candidate for this award, Doug Collins has the supposedly star-less Sixers playing team ball. Convincing players like Andre Iguodala (who once averaged 15.6 shots per game in a season) into taking just 10.2 shots and still defending at a high level. While convincing his stars and everyone else to sacrifice for the greater good. Winning is why coaches get this award; and if the Sixers continue to win then Collins will take home this season’s Coach of the Year award.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Russell Wilson on contract: 'It's going to work out'

Kentucky seeks one kind of history, Coach K makes another

Matt Stafford's fiancee rips newspaper over article

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Frozen Four: Providence earns first bid since 1985

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Discussions to bring NFL team to L.A. are progressing

Report: Chris Mullin expected to take St. John's job

Michigan State beats Louisville, punches Final Four ticket

Ex-NHL player viciously attacks opponent before game

Rick Barnes a possibility for Tennessee coaching job?

Report: NFL looking into Bill Belichick's camera ideas

Final Four preview: How can every team win?

WrestleMania 31 results: Rollins cashes in, Rousey appears

Five soon-to-be NBA free agents with a lot on the line

WATCH: Russell Wilson hits home run during Rangers BP

Hooked 'em: Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Adam Morrison trolled fan who made JJ Redick comment

Jim Harbaugh finished fourth in student government election

WATCH: Notre Dame gets warm reception upon return home

WATCH: Kris Letang hospitalized after hit

Aaron Rodgers, sportswriter get into it over on-court access

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Final Four preview: Can every team win?

Full WrestleMania 31 recap and results

Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Report: Chris Mullin to take St. John's job

Report: NFL looking into more cameras

CC Sabathia goes off about spring stats

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.