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NBA Awards Watch #10 (December 31st, 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.

Things remained pretty constant this week with the exception of the Rookie of the Year race. Both Alexey Shved and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist deserve recognition, but it’s another rookie who has pushed his way into the No. 3 spot.

Most Improved Player

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

Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
James Harden 23 29 29 38.3 7.7 17.2 .446 2.0 5.4 .365 8.8 10.2 .858 0.9 3.6 4.5 5.2 1.9 0.5 3.6 2.2 26.0
Jrue Holiday 22 27 27 38.5 7.4 16.5 .451 1.1 3.0 .354 2.6 3.5 .755 1.1 3.0 4.1 8.9 1.3 0.4 3.8 2.6 18.6
Kyrie Irving 20 21 21 35.6 8.3 18.0 .463 2.0 5.0 .396 4.0 5.0 .802 0.7 3.2 3.9 5.6 1.3 0.3 3.7 2.8 22.7
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/31/2012.

Sixth Man of the Year

1. Kevin Martin
2. Jamal Crawford
3. J.R. Smith

Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jamal Crawford 32 31 0 29.0 5.6 13.2 .426 1.7 4.7 .361 3.5 3.9 .902 0.3 1.6 1.9 2.6 1.1 0.1 1.9 1.1 16.5
Kevin Martin 29 28 0 29.8 4.8 10.4 .466 2.3 4.8 .467 4.0 4.3 .933 0.3 2.4 2.6 1.5 1.0 0.1 1.4 2.1 15.9
J.R. Smith 27 30 0 33.1 6.0 14.5 .413 1.5 4.1 .363 2.6 3.2 .823 0.6 4.5 5.0 2.8 1.2 0.4 1.6 3.1 16.1
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/31/2012.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Roy Hibbert
2. Tim Duncan
3. Larry Sanders

Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Tim Duncan 36 31 31 30.4 7.1 14.0 .506 0.1 0.1 .500 3.5 4.4 .807 1.7 8.2 9.9 2.5 0.9 2.5 1.7 1.7 17.8
Roy Hibbert 26 30 30 28.5 4.0 10.1 .399 0.0 0.0 .000 1.4 2.2 .636 3.7 4.4 8.2 1.5 0.6 2.7 1.9 3.5 9.5
Larry Sanders 24 28 12 24.7 3.5 6.5 .541 0.0 0.1 .000 1.0 1.6 .614 2.3 6.0 8.4 0.9 0.9 3.0 1.4 3.8 8.0
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/31/2012.

Rookie of the Year

1. Damian Lillard
2. Anthony Davis
3. Andre Drummond

Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Anthony Davis 19 17 13 31.9 5.7 11.6 .492 0.0 0.2 .000 3.3 4.0 .824 2.8 5.8 8.5 0.7 1.1 1.9 1.7 2.4 14.7
Andre Drummond 19 33 0 19.5 3.1 5.2 .587 0.0 0.1 .500 0.8 2.1 .406 2.9 4.2 7.1 0.4 0.8 1.5 0.8 2.0 7.0
Damian Lillard 22 29 29 37.9 6.3 15.2 .416 2.3 6.2 .370 3.3 3.9 .851 0.7 2.6 3.2 6.3 1.0 0.3 2.9 2.1 18.3
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/31/2012.

Most Valuable Player

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

Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Kobe Bryant 34 30 30 38.7 10.3 21.5 .478 2.2 5.8 .371 7.3 8.6 .849 0.9 4.5 5.3 4.9 1.5 0.3 3.5 2.7 30.1
Kevin Durant 24 29 29 39.7 9.2 17.8 .516 1.8 4.0 .436 8.3 9.2 .903 0.7 7.4 8.1 4.1 1.5 1.4 3.4 1.9 28.4
LeBron James 28 28 28 37.9 10.2 18.6 .548 1.4 3.2 .433 4.2 6.0 .701 1.4 7.1 8.5 6.9 1.6 0.9 2.8 1.4 25.9
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/31/2012.

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