NBA Awards Watch (3-18-13)

After yet another superhuman performance by LeBron James, there’s no question who deserves to win the Most Valuable Player award. What about the other individual awards? Let’s take a look in this week’s edition of HoopsHabit’s NBA Awards Watch.

Most Improved Player

Paul George

Welcome to stardom, Paul. Photo Credit: IsoSports, Flickr.com

1. Paul George
2. Kyrie Irving
3. Jrue Holiday

Player G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Paul George 65 65 37.7 6.4 15.1 .422 2.3 6.1 .386 2.6 3.1 .814 1.2 6.7 7.9 4.1 1.8 0.6 2.9 2.9 17.6
Jrue Holiday 61 61 38.7 7.6 17.0 .445 1.1 3.1 .367 2.5 3.2 .763 1.1 3.1 4.2 8.7 1.6 0.4 3.9 2.3 18.7
Kyrie Irving 49 49 35.1 8.5 18.2 .466 1.9 4.5 .414 4.1 4.9 .842 0.6 3.1 3.7 5.7 1.6 0.3 3.2 2.6 23.0
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Generated 3/18/2013.

There’s no runaway winner here, but with Irving getting hurt again and Holiday regressing to the mean, George has become the best option. It never hurts that he plays for the best team of the three, either.

Rookie of the Year

Damian Lillard

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1. Damian Lillard
2. Anthony Davis
3. Bradley Beal

Player G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Bradley Beal 52 46 31.7 5.1 12.5 .410 1.6 4.2 .385 2.3 2.9 .791 0.8 3.0 3.8 2.4 0.9 0.6 1.5 2.0 14.2
Anthony Davis 52 48 28.1 5.3 10.4 .511 0.0 0.1 .000 2.5 3.3 .736 2.5 5.4 7.9 0.9 1.1 1.8 1.4 2.4 13.1
Damian Lillard 65 65 38.5 6.8 15.7 .431 2.2 6.2 .356 3.2 3.8 .861 0.5 2.6 3.1 6.5 1.0 0.2 2.9 2.1 19.0
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Generated 3/18/2013.

The beat goes on for Lillard in this race. He’s had a healthy lead for the entire season and while Davis has closed the gap some, it’s not nearly enough at this point. Beal was coming on strong before his injury, but he also has a long way to go.

Defensive Player of the Year

Larry Sanders

Sanders has been a defensive stalwart in Milwaukee. Photo Credit: Keith Allison, Flickr.com

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

Player G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Tim Duncan 56 56 29.8 6.9 13.7 .504 0.0 0.1 .286 3.3 4.1 .806 1.8 8.0 9.8 2.7 0.8 2.7 2.0 1.8 17.1
Roy Hibbert 65 65 28.5 4.5 10.5 .429 0.0 0.1 .250 1.8 2.5 .738 3.8 4.2 8.0 1.4 0.5 2.7 2.0 3.5 10.8
Larry Sanders 58 42 26.7 4.0 7.9 .509 0.0 0.0 .000 1.1 1.8 .612 2.9 6.2 9.2 1.1 0.7 3.1 1.3 3.5 9.2
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Generated 3/18/2013.

We’ve been calling for Sanders to win this award for a while now, although we don’t believe he’ll get enough credit from the mainstream media to win it. Duncan is the sentimental favorite, with Hibbert and Joakim Noah in the running.

Sixth Man of the Year

J.R. Smith

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

Player G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jamal Crawford 61 0 29.6 6.0 13.6 .438 1.9 5.0 .377 3.0 3.5 .858 0.3 1.4 1.7 2.5 1.1 0.2 2.0 1.0 16.8
Kevin Martin 65 0 28.2 4.6 10.3 .447 2.1 5.0 .423 3.0 3.3 .893 0.4 1.9 2.3 1.4 1.0 0.1 1.4 1.8 14.3
J.R. Smith 64 0 33.3 6.1 15.3 .400 2.0 5.7 .351 2.5 3.2 .766 0.6 4.4 5.0 2.8 1.3 0.3 1.6 2.9 16.7
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Generated 3/18/2013.

This is the only race that’s wide open in our eyes. Each of these guys have their strengths, with Smith edging out the others because of his activity in other areas. It’s no coincedence that these three players play for top-10 teams.

Most Valuable Player

LeBron James

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

Player G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Kobe Bryant 67 67 37.9 9.6 20.4 .468 1.8 5.2 .339 6.2 7.4 .838 0.9 4.6 5.4 5.8 1.3 0.3 3.7 2.1 27.1
Kevin Durant 67 67 38.4 9.0 17.8 .506 1.8 4.4 .411 8.5 9.4 .908 0.5 7.4 7.9 4.5 1.5 1.2 3.4 1.8 28.3
LeBron James 65 65 38.2 10.0 17.9 .555 1.3 3.4 .392 5.2 7.0 .751 1.3 6.9 8.2 7.1 1.7 0.8 3.0 1.5 26.5
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Generated 3/18/2013.

Even before James decimated the Boston Celtics on Monday night, there was no question that he deserves the MVP. He’s the best player on the best team and more than worthy to win another MVP award.

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