Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. This week capped off another exciting season of the NBA. This season has definitely been one of the best ones to date due to nasty crossovers, crazy buzzer beaters, trades, and some more monstrous dunks. Another exciting part of this season was the Western conference playoff picture took until the last day to finally get its form. However, one thing most people get excited about, myself included, is the individual awards. Even though I argue with most of the selections, it is kind of hard to argue who gets them. With that being said, lets get to it.
MVP: James Harden
Harden is definitely having his best season to date. Harden is averaging 30.4 PPG, 8.8 APG, and 5.4 RPG. Harden has also led his team to a 1 seed in the very competitive Western Conference with the help of teammates Chris Paul and Clint Capella. This may be the best season he will ever have, but I do not believe he deserves the MVP and may have the took the largest L ever with his new shoes…
Who Should Win the MVP: LeBron James
Yup. Go ahead. Call me a bitch, bias, or whatever you have to say. LeBron is the heart and soul of the NBA and puts up MVP numbers every single season. James is averaging 27.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds. Another thing is. the award is the most valuable player. This means valuable to his team. Without James, the Cavs would have had no shot in making the playoffs, while the Rocket would have been fine due to the other superstar they have. The only reason James has not received this award every year is because we come to expect this from him year in and year out.
Defensive Player of the Year and Who Should Win it: Rudy Gobert
One of my personal favorites in the NBA. Gobert works his ass off for the Jazz and does not receive any love. Gobert is averaging 13.5 points, 2.3 blocks, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assist. The seven footer is a physical specimen and affects any shot in the paint. I strongly believe his presence is helping the Jazz to this very successful season.
Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons
Simmons is the next LeBron James. They play extremely similar and even work out together, and is personally the reason why I think the 76ers will acquire James this off-season. Simmons is averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assist, and 1.7 steals in his “rookie” season. Notice I quoted rookie due to the fact that is 100% bullshit he is considered a rookie, but still he is killing it.
Who Should Win Rookie of the Year: Donovan Mitchell
Here is who should be your rookie of the year. A guy at the beginning of the season I honestly did not have a shot to win it. Mitchell is averaging 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assist, and 1.5 steals per game in his true rookie season. Don’t get me wrong, in terms of who I want on a team, it is Simmons. However, Simmons has had a year of training with a NBA team and it is an advantage no doubt. I know Mitchell would agree with me due to his infamous hoodie.
Most Improved Player of the Year and Who Should Win it: Victor Oladipo
Oladipo did something the NBA superstar, Paul George (salty), could not. He turned the Pacers into a playoff team and can be a huge threat to the Cavs. Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assist, and 2.4 steals per game as compared to 15.9, 4.3, 2.6, and 1.2 last season. Just wish he would have turned into this monster in Oklahoma…
What do you think? Who deserves the awards previously mentioned? Let us know down in the comments! As always thank you for joining me for another Friday and remember to stay tuned for fresh daily content from myself and the rest of the Mid-American crew!