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Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings)
A lot of people are going the easy route and picking Blake Griffin to win this, but with him suffering a knee injury and missing at least the first six weeks of the season, Evans has a chance to steal all of his rookie thunder. Evans should be handed the reigns from day one for this sorry Sacramento team, and he has the ability to put up a triple-double every night. Says here that he will do enough on his own to swipe the ROY away from Griffin by seasons end.
Most Improved: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
Kevin Durant is a popular pick by most and for good reason, his scoring average should continue to rise, and the Thunder should win more games this season and push for a playoff birth. BUT, Derrick Rose is going to make a leap this season that will be undeniable. With Ben Gordon gone, he will be the one who has to come through in the clutch for this young Bulls team, and by the end of the season we will be talking about him as one of top point guards in the league.
Sixth Man of the Year: Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers)
This race will probably come down to Odom and the Spurs Manu Ginobili, but at the end of the day I think Odom takes home the award and is once again rewarded for his sacrifice. Odom could start for any team in the league, its plain and simple, yet he chose to re-sign with the Lakers, knowing he would be sixth man, for a shot at another ring. He will play the majority of clutch minutes in the place of Andrew Bynum and will come away with the hardware.
Coach of the Year: Flip Saunders (Washington Wizards)
After winning a lowly 19 games last season, the Wizards will be a playoff team and Saunders will rightfully receive a lot of recognition for it. With Gilbert Arenas back at full-strength and the Wizards looking sharp they should make a quick rise to the top five of the Eastern Conference.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ron Artest (Los Angeles Lakers)
Lebron will have the flashier plays, Dwight Howard will have the gaudy block numbers, but when the Lakers inevitably end up with the best record in the NBA, we will look at the numbers and see the difference Ron Artest has made on the defensive side. Now that he is the fourth or sometimes fifth option on the Lakers he will have more focus to the defensive side of the ball, and with him guarding Paul Pierce and Lebron James in the marquee games, Artest should get enough national spotlight to sway the voters.
Most Valuable Player: Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Lebron is easily the most physically gifted player in the league, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be able to defend his MVP crown. Kobe may have more wins, but with a better supporting cast his numbers will be lower than Lebrons. Dwyane Wade might put up better numbers, but with a one-man team that will result in a much worse record than the Cavs. Dwight Howard isn’t far along enough offensively to be the MVP, and Lebron should be able to take it in a cakewalk. Although he should be wary of Chris Paul, with a better supporting cast Paul could but up some insane numbers if everything goes correctly.
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