NBA Awards Watch #4 (November 19, 2012)

Welcome back to the fourth edition of our NBA Awards Watch! We do this every Monday during the NBA season, where we take a look at the top-three candidates for each of the individual awards in the NBA.

Stats listed are current as of games completed on November 18th.

Most Improved Player

James Harden isn’t a runaway winner in the most improved player catgory, as Kyrie Irving is slowly catching up. The fact is, both players have a great opportunity as the only real offensive option on their respective teams. Nicolas Batum deserves some credit, as he’s putting up terrific numbers on both ends of the court.

1. James Harden

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 23 HOU 10 10 400 .436 .279 .823 9 36 45 49 15 6 42 22 260
Career 230 17 6273 .443 .364 .834 128 668 796 591 249 65 391 579 3055
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Generated 11/19/2012.

2. Kyrie Irving

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 20 CLE 10 10 352 .463 .391 .825 5 32 37 56 11 3 41 29 229
Career 61 61 1910 .468 .397 .862 49 179 228 331 65 23 201 139 1173
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Generated 11/19/2012.

3. Nicolas Batum

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 24 POR 10 10 395 .480 .408 .786 15 46 61 31 21 12 27 19 208
Career 265 212 7080 .462 .375 .831 321 733 1054 356 220 186 277 540 2817
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Generated 11/19/2012.

Sixth Man of the Year

There’s no way that Jamal Crawford can continue his terrific pace, right? Those gaudy shooting percentages won’t hold up, but his role on the team will. He’s expected to come in and shoot at will. Unless he gets injured, there’s no reason for him to not win this award. Kevin Martin could find his way in to the Thunder’s starting lineup, but he’s in a very similar position otherwise.

1. Jamal Crawford

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 32 LAC 9 0 253 .522 .440 .917 1 16 17 10 12 0 18 10 186
Career 821 399 26067 .410 .349 .853 327 1770 2097 3163 808 185 1680 1321 12595
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Generated 11/19/2012.

2. Kevin Martin

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 29 OKC 11 0 326 .487 .536 .947 2 30 32 25 13 2 18 23 194
Career 486 387 15175 .443 .381 .866 305 1372 1677 1003 459 62 881 964 8922
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Generated 11/19/2012.

3. J.R. Smith

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 27 NYK 8 0 270 .481 .600 .833 2 41 43 23 13 5 10 20 130
Career 546 130 13272 .428 .371 .741 278 1311 1589 1111 539 97 805 1160 6855
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Generated 11/19/2012.

Defensive Player of the Year

Duncan has found the fountain of youth and isn’t telling anyone. He’s playing excellent defense both on an individual level and within the team schemes. Durant is an underrated defender and is one of the few players with steal and block percentages higher than two, with a defensive rating under 99. Kirilenko has always been a good defender, and he’s been all over the place for the Timberwolves.

1. Tim Duncan

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 36 SAS 10 10 301 .526 .500 .740 14 82 96 25 11 28 13 18 178
Career 1121 1119 39670 .507 .181 .688 3306 9323 12629 3453 833 2497 2867 2781 22736
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Generated 11/19/2012.

2. Kevin Durant

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 24 OKC 11 11 426 .511 .469 .885 9 106 115 51 18 15 42 13 270
Career 391 391 14902 .469 .366 .878 358 2270 2628 1124 480 380 1236 732 10248
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Generated 11/19/2012.

3. Andrei Kirilenko

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 31 MIN 9 9 325 .597 .533 .675 21 54 75 28 13 20 26 8 127
Career 690 487 21314 .472 .315 .762 1262 2649 3911 1947 973 1400 1370 1465 8538
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Generated 11/19/2012.

Rookie of the Year

Davis gets the slight nod over Lillard for now, despite missing a few games with his concussion. Davis has played within himself and is gaining more confidence. His aggression will result in more blocks (he’s already averaging over two) and more rebounds (already over eight). Lillard has been terrific for the Blazers and the game is starting to slow down for him. He had a short stretch where his shooting struggled, but he’s coming back around. Could see co-Rookies of the Year.

1. Anthony Davis

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 19 NOH 6 6 170 .493 .000 .839 20 30 50 5 6 13 9 11 96
Career 6 6 170 .493 .000 .839 20 30 50 5 6 13 9 11 96
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Generated 11/19/2012.

2. Damian Lillard

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 22 POR 10 10 375 .447 .387 .833 7 25 32 61 15 1 33 19 190
Career 10 10 375 .447 .387 .833 7 25 32 61 15 1 33 19 190
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Generated 11/19/2012.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 19 CHA 8 8 27.0 .492 1.000 .735 2.6 4.4 7.0 1.4 1.1 1.6 2.0 3.1 11.3
Career 8 8 27.0 .492 1.000 .735 2.6 4.4 7.0 1.4 1.1 1.6 2.0 3.1 11.3
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Generated 11/19/2012.

Most Valuable Player

Until James and the Heat are knocked off the mountain, it’s hard to give the MVP to anyone else. James plays a total game, working relentlessly on both ends of the court. If we had to pick on him for something, it would be his free-throw percentage, which is well below what he’s capable of. Kobe Bryant has been awesome and his shooting percentages are amazing.

1. Lebron James

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 28 MIA 11 11 400 .524 .438 .661 16 83 99 71 10 11 23 18 269
Career 700 699 27897 .484 .332 .746 868 4174 5042 4822 1204 593 2322 1347 19314
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Generated 11/19/2012.

2. Kobe Bryant

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 34 LAL 10 10 363 .528 .405 .894 9 48 57 54 15 0 34 26 264
Career 1171 1023 42740 .454 .337 .838 1373 4826 6199 5472 1737 594 3466 3017 29748
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Generated 11/19/2012.

3. Tim Duncan

Season Age Tm G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 36 SAS 10 10 301 .526 .500 .740 14 82 96 25 11 28 13 18 178
Career 1121 1119 39670 .507 .181 .688 3306 9323 12629 3453 833 2497 2867 2781 22736
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/19/2012.

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