The NBA is coming faster than ever, as preseason has started up. Many surprises have come out of preseason, as the Golden State Warriors are 3-0. Although it is just preseason, players have come out and give it their all. The official NBA season begins on October 20th, as all eyes will be to the reigning champs, the Miami Heat. But can LeBron James win yet another MVP Award? Will James Harden walk away with the 6th Man of the Year Award? Let’s take a look at what we here at BustaSports are predicting.
MVP: LeBron James, Miami Heat - This isn’t a real big shocker, as LeBron will look to win his fourth MVP Award. LeBron James is a ‘Five Tool Player’ when it comes to basketball, as he can shoot, rebounds, pass, block, and steal. His competition will be the aging Kobe, and the ringless Kevin Durant. You don’t see a player with LeBron’s talents every year, as some people consider him the next Michael Jordan. Although Kevin Durant won the scoring title last year, LeBron contributed more to the team and won the 2012 NBA Championship over Durant. LeBron might be taking on the power forward role, as Chris Bosh will now be center. But no matter what position LeBron plays, he will win this award without a doubt.
Rookie of the Year: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets - This isn’t a shocker to most people. As the first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Davis was a fan-favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award from the start. Davis is a big defensive threat, blocking multiple shots every game in college. Coming out of Kentucky, Davis was a premier college players, as he averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, and an astounding 4.7 blocks per game. Yes I said blcoks. His blocking ability might be better than Serge Ibaka, because of his astounding 4.7 blocks per game. His game is predicted to convert well to the NBA, but there is always room for improvement. Davis was drafted to the New Orleans Hornets, as he is one of the stars on the team. His ability to shine on defensive and offensive will help his chances of winning the award.
Sixth Man of the Year: James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder - James Harden is a very special player. He isn’t the best guard in the game, but is close to the top. Harden is the reigning sixth man and the writers predict he will be a two time winner in this award. Averaging 16.8 points, 3.7 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game, Harden has made himself known in the past year. Coming off the bench, Harden not only is an offensive threat, but has good hands. He came away with one steal per game last year, which is very good for a shooting guard. Harden is along side Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, so to be able to amass 16.8 points per game is something amazing. This too isn’t much of a shocker, but there will be some better competition this upcoming year.
Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers - Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA. Not only is he an offensive threat, but he is a defensive threat as well. If you don’t think he is a great defensive player, than listen to these stats: 2.1 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. Howard is known for his ability to block anyone, but the fact that he has 1.5 steals is very surprising. A big man usually doesn’t come up with multiple steals, but that is why Dwight is a three time defensive player of the year. This will be his fourth time winning the award, and there isn’t much competition. Dwight wins yet again.
Most Improved Player of the Year: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings - This award is up for grabs. But big man DeMarcus Cousins comes down with the award. Cousins is a very solid player, already shocking people in the preseason so far. Cousins is shining like the star he is, getting about nine rebounds every single game. Last year, Cousins did average a double-double, but his maturity level was not high. In this upcoming season, Cousins will look to shine, and become a Dwight Howard kind of player. I predict his stats to rocket up, getting around 20 points and 13-15 rebounds per game. If Cousins matures and grows more as a player, his game will become more talented. To me this will be his year.
Coach of the Year: Avery Johnson, Brooklyn Nets - A new stadium and a new team. Coach Avery Johnson is the front runner to win this award. The Nets didn’t make the playoffs last year, and with the re-signing of Deron Williams and the trade for Joe Johnson, the Nets are a brand new team. There are other coaches who will lead their teams into the playoffs. But I expect Avery to lead his team deep into the playoffs. Johnson has the talent around him, now we will see if he is a good coach. BustaSports predicts him to become a solid coach, maybe even leading them to a championship.