NBA Awards Watch #6 (December 3, 2012)

We’ve reached the sixth edition of our NBA Awards Watch for 2012-13! 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 December 2nd.

Most Improved Player

1. James Harden

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 23 HOU NBA 16 16 38.8 .427 .341 .834 0.8 3.3 4.1 5.4 1.7 0.6 4.1 2.2 24.1
Career NBA 236 23 27.5 .442 .368 .835 0.6 2.9 3.5 2.7 1.1 0.3 1.8 2.5 13.5
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Generated 12/3/2012.

2. Nicolas Batum

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 24 POR NBA 17 17 39.1 .438 .379 .813 1.6 4.4 5.9 2.9 1.8 1.1 2.5 1.9 17.6
Career NBA 272 219 27.0 .458 .373 .833 1.2 2.8 4.0 1.4 0.8 0.7 1.1 2.0 10.7
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Generated 12/3/2012.

3. Jrue Holiday

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 22 PHI NBA 17 17 38.5 .457 .392 .781 0.9 2.6 3.5 9.3 1.4 0.5 4.1 2.5 18.5
Career NBA 237 215 31.7 .442 .378 .795 0.8 2.5 3.4 5.3 1.4 0.3 2.4 2.3 12.3
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Generated 12/3/2012.

Harden and Batum have been mainstays on our list, but Holiday has been a big surprise this year. Aside from the horrid amount of turnovers, he’s putting up awesome numbers for a team that doesn’t play an exciting brand of offensive basketball. Any regression by Harden and Batum, and we could see Holiday sneak in and win this award.

Sixth Man of the Year

1. Jamal Crawford

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 32 LAC NBA 16 0 28.8 .453 .407 .942 0.1 1.8 1.9 1.6 1.1 0.1 1.9 1.2 17.5
Career NBA 828 399 31.7 .409 .349 .854 0.4 2.2 2.5 3.8 1.0 0.2 2.0 1.6 15.3
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Generated 12/3/2012.

2. Kevin Martin

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 29 OKC NBA 18 0 29.7 .462 .477 .928 0.2 2.3 2.4 1.7 1.2 0.2 1.6 2.0 16.1
Career NBA 493 387 31.2 .443 .381 .867 0.6 2.8 3.4 2.0 0.9 0.1 1.8 2.0 18.3
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Generated 12/3/2012.

3. Ramon Sessions

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 26 CHA NBA 15 0 28.9 .387 .206 .821 0.6 3.2 3.8 4.4 1.0 0.0 2.0 1.4 15.9
Career NBA 338 108 25.5 .445 .312 .789 0.6 2.5 3.2 5.0 0.8 0.1 2.0 1.6 11.3
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Generated 12/3/2012.

No change in our Sixth Man of the Year voting from a week ago. All three of these men have been consistently impressive and unless Crawford falls off considerably, there’s no chance Martin or Sessions can pass him. With the Clippers and their tendency to go stale at times, Crawford is in a perfect spot to fire night after night.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Tim Duncan

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 36 SAS NBA 17 17 31.3 .538 .667 .775 1.9 8.1 10.1 2.6 0.9 2.4 1.5 1.9 18.9
Career NBA 1128 1126 35.4 .507 .187 .689 2.9 8.3 11.3 3.1 0.7 2.2 2.6 2.5 20.3
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Generated 12/3/2012.

2. Josh Smith

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 27 ATL NBA 13 13 34.9 .444 .357 .478 1.8 5.8 7.6 3.7 1.4 2.4 3.2 3.3 16.1
Career NBA 613 591 34.0 .464 .279 .667 2.1 5.8 7.9 3.1 1.3 2.2 2.5 2.9 15.1
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Generated 12/3/2012.

3. Roy Hibbert

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 26 IND NBA 17 17 29.1 .390 .000 .575 4.0 4.2 8.2 1.4 0.7 3.1 1.9 3.7 9.7
Career NBA 314 273 24.6 .475 .250 .719 2.4 4.1 6.5 1.6 0.4 1.7 1.7 3.2 11.0
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Generated 12/3/2012.

Duncan still leads the league in defensive rating and is even showing a little bit of emotion on the court. Smith continues to have a solid year and is one of few players averaging over one steal and two blocks. Roy Hibbert leads one of the best defenses in the league and is blocking 3.1 shots per game.

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 17 17 37.3 6.5 15.2 .430 2.5 6.2 .410 3.2 3.8 .844 0.8 2.5 3.3 6.2 1.4 0.2 3.4 2.1 18.8
Career NBA 17 17 37.3 6.5 15.2 .430 2.5 6.2 .410 3.2 3.8 .844 0.8 2.5 3.3 6.2 1.4 0.2 3.4 2.1 18.8
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Generated 12/3/2012.

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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Generated 12/3/2012.

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 15 15 27.3 4.1 8.9 .455 0.1 0.1 .500 2.7 3.5 .774 1.9 4.5 6.5 1.5 1.2 1.3 1.5 2.5 10.9
Career NBA 15 15 27.3 4.1 8.9 .455 0.1 0.1 .500 2.7 3.5 .774 1.9 4.5 6.5 1.5 1.2 1.3 1.5 2.5 10.9
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Generated 12/3/2012.

Lillard is running away with the award, although a big part is because of Davis’ health. Dion Waiters could find himself on this list if he improves his shooting percentage. Harrison Barnes has also been impressive in bunches, but his raw numbers don’t get him on our list. It’s Lillard’s award to lose at this point.

Most Valuable Player

1. Kevin Durant

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 24 OKC NBA 18 18 39.0 .512 .438 .895 0.7 8.0 8.7 4.3 1.6 1.6 3.4 1.5 26.2
Career NBA 398 398 38.1 .470 .367 .879 0.9 5.8 6.7 2.9 1.2 1.0 3.2 1.9 26.3
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Generated 12/3/2012.

2. Kobe Bryant

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 34 LAL NBA 17 17 37.1 .489 .395 .878 0.7 4.5 5.2 5.1 1.5 0.0 4.0 2.9 27.3
Career NBA 1178 1030 36.5 .454 .338 .838 1.2 4.1 5.3 4.7 1.5 0.5 3.0 2.6 25.4
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Generated 12/3/2012.

3. LeBron James

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 28 MIA NBA 15 15 37.3 .533 .438 .659 1.5 7.3 8.9 6.5 1.1 0.9 2.5 1.9 24.7
Career NBA 704 703 39.9 .484 .333 .745 1.2 6.0 7.2 6.9 1.7 0.8 3.3 1.9 27.6
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Generated 12/3/2012.

For those looking for Carmelo Anthony, consider this – he doesn’t lead these four candidates in any category except personal fouls. Hard to put him in here with that consideration. Durant’s having a year for the ages and is making it look easy. James seems to take games over late and is putting up those numbers despite the fact he looks like he takes it easy for three quarters.

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