NBA Player of the Year Predictions


Written by Ryan Forbes

After a surprising year where many teams have surprised the country and rebuilding teams are finally completed the long process, a power shift has occurred in each conference. The Rockets control the west and the Raptors run the east. With the regular season ending award season is here and here are my predictions for the regular season awards.

Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni of The Houston Rockets the Rockets have had an amazing season so far and that’s in a large part due to D’Antoni. After the Rockets traded for Chris Paul back in June many questioned the ability of the team to play with both Harden and Paul, however D’Antoni has gotten maximum production out of both of his star players. The Rockets have the chance to secure the 1 seed in the west a spot held by the warriors for three seasons now, which should qualify Mike D’Antoni for coach of the year.

Sixth Man of the Year: Louis Williams of The Los Angeles Clippers the Clippers have lost a lot of firepower and the losses have increased drastically, but one bright spot for the team this season is the play of Louis Williams who has been the entirety of the Clippers offense. His 23 points per game has carried the Clippers offense into the playoff race and earlier this year dropped a career high 50 points coming off the bench against the Golden State Warriors. Williams should secure his second Sixth Man award with his performance this season.

Defensive Player of the Year: Paul George of The Oklahoma City Thunder George has been a human vacuum cleaner on defense this year averaging 2 steals a game. George and fellow teammate Andre Roberson have carried OKC’s defense this year and should continue to carry them into the playoffs in April. Paul George has been the defensive star of OKC’s star trio and has the potential to win the Defensive Player of the Year.

Rookie of the Year: Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz Mitchell has been one of the most interesting stories in the NBA this year, he was drafted 13th by the Nuggets but traded to the Jazz during the draft he has electrified the Jazz offense this year. He has often been compared to a rookie Kobe Bryant who also was drafted 13th and traded during the draft, he also won the dunk contest as a rookie. Mitchell is averaging 19.8 points a game and scored 41 points in one game this year he also added a dunk contest to his resume. Honorable mention to Ben Simmons of the 76ers who is the other main candidate for rookie of the year, however Mitchell may have the stronger resume to win the award.

Most Valuable Player: James Harden of the Houston Rockets Harden finally gets his MVP after years of placing second. Harden has been downright dominant this year leading the league in scoring, fourth in assists, and ninth in steals leaving him as an all-around player that has led the Rockets to capture the best record in the league. Other candidates include LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Giannis Antetokuonmpo who all have the stats to back their MVP campaign however, they all of their teams lack the success of the Rockets this year which has played a major factor in this award in years past. After finishing in second for the voting in 2015 and 2017, Harden should capture his first MVP and the Thunder’s former big three will capture three of the last five MVP awards.