We are almost to the halfway point of the NBA season. It is not too early to start thinking about who’s making a case for postseason awards.
When looking at candidates for coach of the year, I think the best gauge is to see who exceeded expectations. Who got their team playing at a higher level than you would have guessed? Who pulled a bunch of mismatched guys together to create a true team? Who is the real Gordon Bombay? (If you get that reference, we can be friends)
A couple Portland Trail Blazers players think their coach, Terry Stotts, deserves to be in the discussion.
Rookie Damian Lillard says Stotts is doing a great job of taking the Blazers past people’s expectations.
"I definitely think he is [an early Coach of the Year candidate] because of the way he handles our team," Lillard said. "What everybody expected from us, it wasn't this. I can remember when people were saying 'We don't expect much' and 'It's going to be...