It’s few more days until the new season starts and here at Zen Magazine we will give you our picks for the NBA Award for the upcoming season.
MVP: James Harden
It’s gonna be a close battle all season long and there are more than 5 equal candidates you can make a case for the MVP Award, but our pick is Harden, because we think the help from Chris Paul will put him over the top becouse now defenses can’t focus solely on him.
Rookie of the Year: Lonzo Ball
Ben Simmons is a popular pick, he will rack up numbers, Dennis Smith Jr is explosive and put on good stats, but our pick is Lonzo Ball. He will have the ball (no pun intended) in his hands from day one and will get his assists no problem and might surprise with the scoring on a Lakers team without many proven scorers.
Defensive player of the Year: Rudy Gobbert
Gobert probably should have been the recipient of this award last season. He is the best defensive center in the NBA, and with Hayward now in Boston he is now the franchise centerpiece for the Jazz. Gobert will be a monster just like he was last season, and with added responsibility and visibility, the Utah big man should grab it this year.
Most improved player: Dennis Schroder
This is basically an award for a good player who has a clear path to put big numbers as a team leader and while few big men like Porzingis, Myles Turner or Gobbert fit the bill, we are gonna go with a little guy Dennis Schroder, who will put big numbers as the leader of a bad Atlanta Hawks team.
Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams
The Clippers will absolutely need a top performance this year from former six man of the year Lou Williams just to fight their way through the Western Conference. If LA makes it to the playoffs and Williams is a big piece of that, we think he should be the one to garner this award.
Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens
Stevens is slated for a big year in Boston after adding Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. The Celtics will be a good team in the Eastern conference the season, which has been severely weakened. The team will rely on young players to help them When it comes to depth, and if they are successful that could be the tipping point for Stevens.