The NBA MVP Award Goes To… plus Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, and other NBA Season Accolades
Preview of the Inaugural NBA Awards Show
By Quibbl Sports Editor Kahlil Ellis
- A 3-minute preview of the show and the NBA awards
- Links to predict the winners at quibbl.me
- Candidate highlights and read more
Just when you thought it was over, the NBA finds another reason to hog the national spotlight… The inaugural NBA Awards Show will take place Monday, June 26 at 9:00 PM EDT, broadcast live on TNT, as well as on a number of other streams.
What You Need To Know:
- The fans are voting for MVP this year. You can vote here. Since the 1979-1980 season, the league MVP has been decided by a panel of sportswriters and journalists. This season, for the first time ever, it is you who decides.
- Award selections by sportswriters played a check on the fans, who often over-weigh scoring production & celebrity when assessing players. We saw this play out when the NBA “democratized” the All-Star Game. For instance, remember when Kobe Bryant was selected as a West starter in 2014, despite missing 76 games that season with a knee injury?
- Paradoxically, in a season dominated by “super-teams”, the power of individual player seems weaker than ever. The move to fan voting reflects the league’s desire to re-establish the impact of superstars, who drive maximum revenue and viewership.
- Regardless of the NBA’s reasons, there is a real chance that fan selection translates to major surprises on Monday night, perhaps leaving journalists shaking their heads.
- Rapper Drake and his longtime crush Nicki Minaj will be the evening’s musical entertainment and co-hosts for the show. Many other stars will have roles throughout the night, including 7’1″, 325 pound Renaissance man Shaquille O’Neil, who will be the disc jockey.
The hottest, trending quibbls that will decide the NBA’s top awards:
[Note: We’ve got you covered with player highlights. Just click on each candidate’s name and relive his phenomenal season. As for the coaching nominees… we decided to hype you up with TNT’s promotional videos.]
Will all-time season triple double leader Russell Westbrook finally win MVP?
After dominating the league all year long, has this year’s scoring leader and triple double machine Russell Westbrook proven the haters wrong and shown he’s the alpha dog? Or, will it be his former teammate, James Harden, who led the league in assists with 11 per game. The one other option is San Antonio’s superstar Kawhi Leonard, who led the Spurs to the West Finals before they were defeated by the reigning Warriors.
Who was the league’s top new star of the season?
Sixers big Joel Embiid was the favorite for this award during the first half of the season, averaging 20 and 8 before he went down after 31 games with a season-ending knee injury. Funny enough, fellow Sixers big Dario Saric is also a candidate for this award. Will Philly finally win something, or will it be Malcolm Brogdon, the promising 2-guard for the Bucks?
Who was the best coach this year?
The NBA Coaches Association already chose their winners in May, when they named Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and Houston’s Mike D’Antoni co-recipients of the inaugural Michael H. Goldberg Coach of the Year Award. Will one of them win it all for the NBA, or will it be San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich for the fourth time in his professional career?
NBA’s Most Improved?
Will it be first-time All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, who improved in scoring by six points since last season? Center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz also became a big name this season, now a double-double machine. Or, will fans dub Denver Nuggets stretch-5 Nikola Jokic, who improved his 2-point shooting by over 8 percent while putting up a well-rounded 17, 10, and 5 this season.
Best to do it off the bench?
We’ve heard a lot about the Rockets’ bench this season. Will it be guard Eric Gordon or Lou Williams, who had both been consistent starters throughout their NBA careers before making their moves to Houston? Or, will it be 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala of the Warriors, who played a key role yet again in the playoffs to earn his second NBA championship.
If defense wins championships, was Draymond Green DPOTY?
His game isn’t pretty, and he is certainly not liked by all, but Warriors star Draymond Green got it done on the other end of the court, averaging 6.6 defensive boards, 2.0 steals, and 1.4 blocks in the regular season. His rival, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, is another candidate, as is Utah Jazz big Rudy Gobert.
Whether you can’t get enough the 2016-2017 NBA season, or you need more insight for your quibbls, here’s a scan of the best NBA Awards Show coverage across the internet…
Bleacher Report’s Mike Chiari gives you the best detailed walk-through of the night:
If you really need (or want) it, here it is, predictions included. [Link to BR]
National writer Brett Pollakoff gives you his picks for the awards, with the playoffs in consideration:
With the NBA Awards Show being after the NBA Draft, it is impossible for NBA fans to cast their votes with no regard to this year’s exciting yet predictable postseason. [Link to Fox Sports]
Not everyone is a fan of the inaugural NBA Awards Show; expert Max Croes says why:
If there was an NBA analytics nerd who constructed an approval rating for each NBA season, he/she would likely rank this one among the lowest, and Croes does not think this upcoming award show will will change that. [Link to The Dream Shake]
Finally, if you have not done so, be sure to officially vote for the NBA Awards Show here.
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