Predictions: Awards for 2011 NBA Season

MVP – Kobe Bryant –The best player in the NBA is on the best team in the NBA. If you don’t think so, remember who won the last two NBA championships. Miami doesn’t have the chemistry, and the Spurs are just too old. When you need him the most, you can count on Kobe.

Most Improved Player – Dorell Wright – This guy went from being a barely known role player, to the Warriors’ third best offensive player. This season, Dorell finally showed us that Tracy McGrady type offense NBA scouts were hoping for when he was drafted straight out of High School.

Defensive Player of the Year – Dwight Howard – This guy won the award two consecutive years; why not a 3rd? He is big, strong, agile, and is a dominant force defensively. If only his offensive game could catch up with his D, the Magic would have a legit chance of being the best team in the Eastern Conference, and probably the 2nd best team in the NBA.

Sixth Man of The Year – Lamar Odom – Odom is averaging 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists off the Lakers bench. Plus he is shooting a remarkable 54% from the field. If the Lakers want a chance to be in the 2011 NBA Finals, they are going to need numbers like this to carry them all the way.

Rookie of the Year- Blake Griffin – This guy plays like a young veteran in the league already. He is very reminiscent of a young Amare Stoudemire or Shawn Kemp, but a lot more poised and seems to have a quicker learning curve. Not many people make the NBA All-Star Team during their rookie season. This young man did.

Coach of the Year – Tom Thibodeau – Many people would say Gregg Popovich of the Spurs deserves this award. However, he has battle tested veterans who has gone deep into the playoffs year in and year out. Tom Thibodeau deserves this award because he has a very young team that is one of the top defenses in the NBA. He is also credited for molding Derrick Rose to the MVP candidate he is today. Right now the Chicago Bulls are an elite team in the NBA, and who knows? They can probably get lucky and reach the NBA’s Eastern Finals.