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NBA Halfway Point Awards

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With the All-Star break ending and the second half of the season beginning, let’s take a look at who deserves the NBA’s most prestigious awards and who is deserving of them at the halfway point.


MVP- James Harden

Although the Rockets aren’t quite as hot as they were to start the year, they’re still sitting at the 3-seed in the Western Confernce with a 40-18 record. A majority of those wins are due to James Harden and his excellent play. Harden is leading the NBA in assists while also averaging 29 points and 8 boards. With the group around him, the Rockets were definitely not expected to be where they are at this point, but the shooting guard-turned-point guard has taken full advantage of his opportunity to run the Rockets.


Coach of the Year- Mike D’Antoni

For all the reasons Harden is the MVP, D’Antoni is the COY. He made the ultimate decision to move Harden to point guard as he brought out his high-powered and three point shooting offense to Houston. With a group of shooters around Harden, D’Antoni has put the Rockets in a great place to make noise in the playoffs.


Rookie of the Year- Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid is far and way the ROY this season on the NBA as he has almost single-handedly brought life back to the Philadelphia organization. With cats being raised and the process being trusted, Embiid has been shining for the 76ers, who now seem to have a promising future. Averaging 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks, the Philly big is undoubtedly a rising star in this league as he has lead the Sixers to 21-wins.


Defensive Player of the Year- Draymond Green

Draymond has earned my full respect as a player. Draymond makes the Warriors go as he does all the little things a team needs. Dray has become a defensive force with the ability to guard almost anyone on the floor. It isn’t the steals or block numbers that jump off the page, it’s his impact on that side of the court and he is definitely leading the way for Golden State on that side.


Most Improved Player- Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak was already on the verge of being an All-Star in this league, but with the boost in every possible stat category, you can’t deny him this award. The long and lanky point guard for the Bucks is leading them in every major stat category. His impact on the floor is undeniable. Showing no signs of slowing down, Milwaukee has a bright future with an even brighter star in the NBA.


Sixth Man of the Year- Eric Gordon

The NBA 3-point contest champ has become the most lethal bench scorer in the league. Playing along side Harden, the quick-trigger shooter is forming into one of the most deadly shooters in the NBA. Averaging 17 points a contest off the bench, Gordon has no real competition for this award. Gordon is currently 4th in the league in 3-pointers made and that number should continue stay atop the NBA ranks as long as James Harden is on the floor.