NBA Awards Watch #5 (November 26, 2012)


Welcome back to the fifth edition of our NBA Awards Watch! We’re here every Monday throughout the NBA season to 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 25th.

Most Improved Player

1. James Harden

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 23 HOU NBA 13 13 38.4 7.5 17.2 .439 1.8 5.8 .320 8.2 9.8 .836 0.8 3.5 4.2 4.9 1.7 0.6 4.1 2.3 25.2
Career NBA 233 20 27.3 4.0 9.1 .444 1.5 4.0 .366 3.9 4.6 .835 0.6 2.9 3.5 2.6 1.1 0.3 1.7 2.5 13.4
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Generated 11/26/2012.

2. Kyrie Irving

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 20 CLE NBA 10 10 35.2 8.2 17.7 .463 1.8 4.6 .391 4.7 5.7 .825 0.5 3.2 3.7 5.6 1.1 0.3 4.1 2.9 22.9
Career NBA 61 61 31.3 7.1 15.1 .468 1.5 3.8 .397 3.6 4.1 .862 0.8 2.9 3.7 5.4 1.1 0.4 3.3 2.3 19.2
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3. Nicolas Batum

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 24 POR NBA 13 13 38.6 6.5 14.1 .464 2.6 7.2 .366 2.9 3.6 .809 1.5 4.2 5.8 3.3 1.7 1.2 2.7 1.8 18.6
Career NBA 268 215 26.8 3.9 8.4 .461 1.4 3.8 .372 1.5 1.8 .833 1.2 2.8 4.0 1.4 0.8 0.7 1.1 2.0 10.6
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The most improved player award is always one of the most difficult to choose. Players don’t usually come out of the woodwork to become superstars. Harden has improved from a borderline star to a bonafide star. Irving deserves a lot of credit for his play, even though the Cavaliers are struggling as a team. Batum would be getting a lot more credit on a better team. He’s been worth every penny of that extension.

Sixth Man of the Year

1. Jamal Crawford

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 32 LAC NBA 13 0 28.9 6.1 12.9 .470 2.1 5.0 .415 4.4 4.7 .934 0.2 1.8 2.0 0.9 1.2 0.1 2.1 1.2 18.6
Career NBA 825 399 31.7 5.3 13.1 .409 1.7 4.9 .349 2.9 3.4 .854 0.4 2.2 2.6 3.8 1.0 0.2 2.0 1.6 15.3
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2. Kevin Martin

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 29 OKC NBA 14 0 30.7 4.6 9.9 .460 2.4 4.9 .500 4.4 4.6 .938 0.1 2.6 2.7 1.8 1.3 0.1 1.8 2.0 15.9
Career NBA 489 387 31.2 5.5 12.5 .443 1.6 4.2 .381 5.7 6.6 .866 0.6 2.8 3.4 2.1 0.9 0.1 1.8 2.0 18.3
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3. Ramon Sessions

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 26 CHA NBA 12 0 29.4 5.5 13.7 .402 0.6 2.7 .219 5.6 6.8 .817 0.5 3.3 3.8 4.3 1.0 0.0 2.0 1.3 17.2
Career NBA 335 108 25.5 3.9 8.8 .447 0.2 0.6 .315 3.3 4.1 .789 0.6 2.5 3.1 5.0 0.8 0.1 2.0 1.6 11.3
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If the season continues as it has, Crawford would lead the Clippers in scoring as a bench player. He’s running away with this award right now and if he stays healthy, he’ll be the winner. Martin has been extremely good with the Thunder and is reminding everyone why he was regarded so highly a few years ago. Sessions is one of the surprising Bobcats that could actually make the playoffs…wow.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Tim Duncan

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 36 SAS NBA 14 14 31.4 7.4 14.4 .517 0.1 0.1 .500 4.1 5.4 .760 1.9 8.6 10.5 2.6 0.9 2.4 1.5 2.0 19.0
Career NBA 1125 1123 35.4 7.8 15.5 .507 0.0 0.1 .181 4.6 6.7 .689 2.9 8.3 11.3 3.1 0.7 2.2 2.6 2.5 20.3
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2. Josh Smith

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 27 ATL NBA 11 11 34.9 6.8 15.5 .439 0.3 1.0 .273 1.3 2.9 .438 1.5 5.6 7.1 3.5 1.2 2.1 3.3 3.2 15.2
Career NBA 611 589 34.0 5.8 12.5 .464 0.3 1.2 .278 3.1 4.6 .667 2.1 5.8 7.9 3.1 1.3 2.2 2.5 2.9 15.1
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3. Roy Hibbert

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 26 IND NBA 14 14 29.7 4.1 10.9 .379 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.4 .545 4.4 4.4 8.7 1.5 0.7 3.1 1.9 3.4 9.6
Career NBA 311 270 24.6 4.5 9.4 .475 0.0 0.0 .273 2.1 3.0 .719 2.4 4.1 6.5 1.6 0.4 1.7 1.7 3.2 11.0
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Duncan will never tell where that fountain of youth is. He’s playing like it’s 2004 and could win this award. He’s always been an excellent defender, despite lacking elite athleticism. Smith has had that athleticism and is putting it on display for the upstart Hawks. Hibbert is struggling on offense, but his triple-double with blocks last week shows that he’s still an awesome defender.

Rookie of the Year

1. Damian Lillard

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 22 POR NBA 13 13 479 6.8 14.6 .464 2.5 5.9 .418 3.2 3.8 .824 0.6 2.6 3.2 5.9 1.4 0.3 3.2 1.8 19.2
Career NBA 13 13 479 6.8 14.6 .464 2.5 5.9 .418 3.2 3.8 .824 0.6 2.6 3.2 5.9 1.4 0.3 3.2 1.8 19.2
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2. Anthony Davis

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 19 NOH NBA 6 6 28.3 5.8 11.8 .493 0.0 0.3 .000 4.3 5.2 .839 3.3 5.0 8.3 0.8 1.0 2.2 1.5 1.8 16.0
Career NBA 6 6 28.3 5.8 11.8 .493 0.0 0.3 .000 4.3 5.2 .839 3.3 5.0 8.3 0.8 1.0 2.2 1.5 1.8 16.0
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3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 19 CHA NBA 12 12 27.9 4.2 8.8 .472 0.1 0.1 1.000 3.3 4.3 .765 2.2 4.8 6.9 1.7 1.3 1.5 1.6 3.1 11.7
Career NBA 12 12 27.9 4.2 8.8 .472 0.1 0.1 1.000 3.3 4.3 .765 2.2 4.8 6.9 1.7 1.3 1.5 1.6 3.1 11.7
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If Davis were healthy, he’d still likely be at the top of the list. When he’s right, he’s been fun to watch and we haven’t even seen all of Davis’ gifts. Lillard is healthy and is carrying the Blazers right now. Nobody expected them to be good with that horrid bench, but Lillard is doing his best with what he has. Kidd-Gilchrist has been a solid all-around player for the Bobcats and although his numbers don’t jump out, he’s been a solid contributor.

Most Valuable Player

1. Kevin Durant

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 24 OKC NBA 14 14 40.0 8.5 17.4 .490 1.6 3.6 .431 7.9 8.9 .895 0.7 8.7 9.4 4.5 2.0 1.4 3.8 1.4 26.5
Career NBA 394 394 38.2 8.9 19.0 .469 1.5 4.0 .366 6.9 7.9 .879 0.9 5.8 6.7 2.9 1.2 1.0 3.2 1.9 26.3
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2. Kobe Bryant

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 34 LAL NBA 14 14 36.5 9.0 17.6 .510 1.9 4.6 .415 6.9 7.9 .874 0.7 4.3 5.0 5.1 1.4 0.0 3.7 2.9 26.9
Career NBA 1175 1027 36.5 8.9 19.5 .454 1.3 3.9 .338 6.4 7.6 .838 1.2 4.1 5.3 4.7 1.5 0.5 3.0 2.6 25.4
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3. LeBron James

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 28 MIA NBA 13 13 37.2 9.9 18.7 .531 1.4 3.2 .439 3.9 5.8 .671 1.5 7.4 8.8 6.5 0.8 1.0 2.4 1.8 25.2
Career NBA 702 701 39.9 9.9 20.4 .484 1.3 4.0 .332 6.5 8.8 .746 1.2 6.0 7.2 6.9 1.7 0.8 3.3 1.9 27.6
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Generated 11/26/2012.

This could be the year that Durant finally breaks through. He’s finished in the top-five in MVP voting the last three years, but he’s raised his game another notch this year. Bryant is playing great for the Lakers right now, but the fact that they’re struggling as a team hurts him. James is having a great year and shooting 53 percent is tremendous, but he won’t overcome Durant and Bryant without upping his steals and blocks average.

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