The Sportz Nutt Hands Out His 2016 NBA Awards

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As the NBA season finishes, awards talk heats up as we recognize those highlights from months past. Without further adieu, I give you my picks for each award.

Rookie of the Year: Karl Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

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This is the easiest award to pick, as he was by far the most consistent rookie all season. Devin Booker deserves some recognition, but KAT was simply amazing. He averaged a double double and hasn’t even come close to hitting his prime. Watch out.

Coach of the Year: Terry Stotts, Portland Trail Blazers.

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This is no disrespect to Steve Kerr and what he accomplished with the Warriors, but Stotts needs to be recognized also. They lost Aldridge, Affalo (who became a starter), Barton, Batum, Lopez and Matthews, yet somehow only dropped down 7 games from last season’s record in a much tougher Western Conference. On top of that, they were responsible for one of the Warriors’ 9 losses, not that that makes Stotts better than Kerr, but I feel that he was able to get the most out of the least of those coaches deemed worthy.

Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

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This was literally a coin flip between Green and Kawhi Leonard. Stats are meaningless, despite the slight advantage to Green in the steals and blocks department, but it comes down to what they do on the court. Both men can cover all positions, including center, so no edge there. And, while Leonard usually defends the opposition’s best player, Green’s presence on the court means the entire team is better defensively and atrocious with him off the court. That said, I give Green the edge for that final statement. Again though, I’m splitting hairs.

Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers

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The Clippers have long be known for having a great starting lineup, but in need of a presence off the bench. With Blake griffin out, they need the bench to step up, and often times, it was Crawford doing the damage. And while this could all be for not, since they have a tough matchup first round and a potential date with the Warriors next, it was nice to see him step up and get them to where they are.

Most Improved Player of the Year: CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers

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A big reason why Stotts should win Coach of the Year is the play of the back court, and McCollum is no exception. He improved his numbers from 6.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.7 steals per game to 20.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.2 steals. But sportz nutt, didn’t his minutes go up too? Sure they did, but his numbers per 36 minutes, which is good indicator of talent, as did his shots made and 3 pointers too.

MVP: Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors

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If you don’t know why, then you don’t know basketball. Sorry to be blunt, but it’s true. He’s been the talk of the town all year. Go back and read my article on their season and see the ridiculous numbers he posted. Special shout out to Russell Westbrook for his 18 triple doubles, LeBron James for his under the radar numbers and value to the Cavs, and Kawhi Leonard for being responsible for the Spurs doing what they did.

And there you have it.