NBA Awards Watch (March 4th, 2013)


Updated March 4th, 2013 – Next Update March 18th

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The NBA Awards Watch is a regular feature here at, where we take a look at all of the NBA individual awards and estimate the top three candidates. We update every other Monday, so make sure to bookmark this page or make sure to check back on Mondays throughout the entire NBA season!

Most Improved Player

Welcome to stardom, Paul. Photo Credit: IsoSports,

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

Paul George595937.96.415.1.4262.35.9.3862.53.1.8081.
Jrue Holiday545438.57.817.2.4531.13.1.3612.43.2.7671.
Kyrie Irving454535.28.618.3.4681.94.6.4204.35.0.8580.

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George has officially arrived as one of the “next” superstars. He’s an excellent scorer with a great basketball frame. He’ll never be Durant offensively, but he’s stronger and plays very good team defense.

Rookie of the Year

It’s Lillard’s award to lose at this point. Photo Credit: Chrishmt0424 (

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

Bradley Beal514631.
Anthony Davis454127.
Damian Lillard585838.56.615.7.4202.26.2.3503.23.7.8600.

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Lillard has been running away with the award in large part due to his knack for performing in the big moment, but don’t let that fool you. Davis and Beal are very solid rookies as well and deserve consideration here.

Defensive Player of the Year

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

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

Tim Duncan515129.56.713.5.4960.00.1.2863.34.1.8041.
Roy Hibbert595928.24.310.1.4260.00.0.0001.72.3.7103.
Larry Sanders513526.

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We’ve been on the Sanders bandwagon for quite a while and seats are starting to get a little scarce. The Bucks are so much better with Sanders on the floor, it’s almost unbelievable. Can the Bucks get enough national attention to get Sanders the Defensive Player of the Year?

Sixth Man of the Year

Smith has made some big shots for the New York Knicks this year. Photo Credit: Keith Allison,

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

Jamal Crawford5829.
Kevin Martin5728.74.710.4.4502.25.0.4333.03.4.9010.
J.R. Smith5633.35.914.8.4001.95.4.3482.33.0.7660.

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The Sixth Man of the Year race is extremely close. Martin has the best shooting numbers, but Smith is the most active. Yet, it’s Crawford who has had the most impact and has had the biggest moments. Any of these three could win at this point.

Most Valuable Player

It seems like he’s alone out there at times. Photo Credit: Keith Allison,

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

Kobe Bryant606038.29.820.7.4721.75.1.3346.17.3.8400.
Kevin Durant595938.
LeBron James575738.610.318.3.5631.43.4.4105.16.9.7471.

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Even though Durant is playing as good of offensive basketball as he ever has, James is eclipsing him. There were a lot of great players who were overshadowed by Michael Jordan. We’re seeing the same thing here.