NBA Awards Watch #8 (December 17th, 2012)

Welcome back to NBA Awards Watch, where we take a weekly look at the top-three candidates for each individual award for the 2012-13 season.

A familiar face is back on the Defensive Player of the Year list and there’s a bit of separation happening in the Most Valuable Player race. Could a returning rookie change the landscape of the Rookie of the Year chase?

We’d love to hear what you have to say. Who are your picks? Let us know in the comments section.

Most Improved Player

1. James Harden
2. Jrue Holiday
3. Kyrie Irving

Rk Player Season Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 James Harden 2012-13 23 22 22 39.0 7.4 17.3 .428 1.9 5.7 .333 8.2 9.6 .858 0.9 3.5 4.4 5.3 1.9 0.5 3.9 2.1 25.0
2 Jrue Holiday 2012-13 22 22 22 38.5 7.4 16.3 .451 1.0 3.0 .333 2.6 3.6 .734 1.0 3.0 3.9 8.9 1.5 0.4 3.8 2.7 18.4
3 Kyrie Irving 2012-13 20 14 14 35.2 8.6 18.4 .469 2.1 4.9 .426 4.4 5.4 .827 0.6 3.1 3.7 5.6 1.1 0.3 4.0 3.1 23.8
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Generated 12/17/2012.

Sixth Man of the Year

1. Jamal Crawford
2. Kevin Martin
3. Ramon Sessions

Rk Player Season Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Jamal Crawford 2012-13 32 23 0 29.5 5.4 12.6 .431 1.9 4.9 .384 3.9 4.1 .937 0.1 1.7 1.8 2.3 1.1 0.1 2.0 1.2 16.6
2 Kevin Martin 2012-13 29 23 0 29.7 4.7 10.2 .464 2.2 4.7 .468 4.3 4.6 .933 0.3 2.3 2.5 1.6 1.1 0.1 1.5 2.0 16.0
3 Ramon Sessions 2012-13 26 23 0 26.7 4.5 11.7 .387 0.5 1.9 .273 4.8 5.8 .835 0.7 2.7 3.4 4.2 0.8 0.0 1.9 1.3 14.4
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Generated 12/17/2012.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Roy Hibbert
2. Tim Duncan
3. Dwight Howard

Rk Player Season Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Tim Duncan 2012-13 36 24 24 30.5 6.8 13.7 .498 0.1 0.2 .500 3.5 4.5 .787 1.9 8.4 10.3 2.4 0.8 2.5 1.6 1.8 17.3
2 Roy Hibbert 2012-13 26 24 24 28.8 4.1 10.5 .389 0.0 0.0 .000 1.5 2.3 .643 3.9 4.5 8.4 1.5 0.7 3.0 2.0 3.4 9.7
3 Dwight Howard 2012-13 27 25 25 36.7 6.5 11.2 .579 0.0 0.1 .500 5.2 10.4 .498 3.7 8.2 11.9 2.0 1.1 2.6 3.4 3.7 18.2
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Generated 12/17/2012.

Rookie of the Year

1. Damian Lillard
2. Anthony Davis
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Rk Player Season Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Anthony Davis 2012-13 19 10 6 28.5 5.2 10.3 .505 0.0 0.2 .000 4.2 5.1 .824 2.3 5.1 7.4 0.8 1.1 2.1 1.8 2.1 14.6
2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 2012-13 19 23 23 27.6 4.0 8.4 .479 0.0 0.1 .500 2.4 3.1 .764 1.9 4.4 6.3 1.8 0.8 1.4 1.6 2.6 10.5
3 Damian Lillard 2012-13 22 23 23 38.0 6.5 15.3 .423 2.3 6.3 .368 3.5 4.2 .844 0.7 2.7 3.3 6.3 1.1 0.2 3.0 2.2 18.8
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Generated 12/17/2012.

Most Valuable Player

1. Kevin Durant
2. LeBron James
3. Kobe Bryant

Rk Player Season Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Kobe Bryant 2012-13 34 25 25 38.2 9.8 20.6 .478 2.2 5.7 .380 7.7 8.9 .865 0.8 4.4 5.2 5.0 1.6 0.2 3.9 2.7 29.5
2 Kevin Durant 2012-13 24 23 23 39.4 8.8 17.0 .515 1.6 3.6 .439 8.3 9.3 .897 0.7 7.7 8.4 4.2 1.6 1.3 3.3 1.7 27.5
3 LeBron James 2012-13 28 21 21 37.6 10.0 18.5 .541 1.3 3.1 .424 4.0 6.0 .675 1.4 7.2 8.6 6.7 1.3 0.7 2.6 1.5 25.4
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/17/2012.

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