’S NBA AWARDS REVIEW
was an unstoppable force year-round on both sides of the floor. Whether it’s posterizing defenders or locking down anybody from 1 through 5 on the other team, #Giannis
’ all-round excellence rewarded him the Most Valuable Player award.
STATS: 27.7 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 5.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.5 BPG
- Defensive Player of the Year: The reigning DPOY Rudy Gobert was once again a swatting machine in the paint this season. Though he failed to make the #AllStarGame
, the #Jazz
center proved big men are still the leaders in defense by taking the hardware again last night.
STATS: 15.9 PPG, 12.9 RPG, .8 SPG, 2.3 BPG
- Sixth Man of the Year: The 3-time winner of the award, Lou Williams, has been playing some #AllStar
-caliber basketball for years now. Becoming the all-time leader in points off the bench was just the icing on the cake for his historical career.
STATS: 20.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.4 APG, .8 SPG
- Most Improved Player of the Year: Pascal Siakam went from an average bench player to arguably the second-best on a championship team in just a year. Improving his range, footwork and ball-handling skills are just the beginning for this promising big.
STATS: 16.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, .9 SPG, .7 BPG
- Rookie of the Year: Luka Doncic showed the US he wasn’t crowned the EuroLeague MVP for no reason. With a consistent All-Star performance all year round, the 20-year-old made his opponent aware he’s going to be a serious problem for years to come.
STATS: 21.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 6.0 APG, 1.1 SPG
- Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer made a brand new job with a young, unfamiliarized team look easy. Coaching the squad to an unexpected best record league-wide won him the trophy. ———————————————————————— WAS ANYONE SNUBBED THIS YEAR? 🤔 📸: @NBATV