Sunday, December 15, 2013

First Quarter NBA Awards: Part One

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A quarter of the 2013-14 NBA season is in the books and if the staff of Posts from the Parquet, my friend Adam Levin-Epstein, and my brother Sam had votes for the major awards, here's what the results would look like....

(Bold name is the recipient of the most votes)
 
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

Danny: Lebron James
Ankit: Kevin Durant
Jack: Kevin Love
Marquist: Kevin Love
Dontae: Kevin Love
Sam: Kevin Love
Levin-Ep: Lebron James

"[He's] the best player on the planet, and I don't think it's close" -Levin Ep
"I just don't see how anyone in the league is more valuable than the King.  If he left Miami, a 60+ win team, the Heat would  then win at most 20 games. That exact situation already happened in Cleveland.  Now, Lebron James is statistically the most efficient offensive player ever and he's by far the best player in the game. Everyone should have to vote for the best player in the league for MVP. But it looks like K-Love is taking this award if only PFTP writers are voting. Love shouldn't even be eligible for this award because even though he's putting up monster numbers, his team still isn't good." -Danny Emerman
 
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER:

Danny: Lance Stephenson
Ankit: Eric Bledsoe
Jack: Isaiah Thomas
Marquist: Jeff Green
Dontae: Anthony Davis
Sam: Eric Bledsoe
Levin-Ep: Eric Bledsoe

"[In my opinion,] Jeff Green took control of the team after Pierce and KG left. He deserves to win MIP" -Marquist Parker

COACH OF THE YEAR:
Danny: Terry Stotts
Ankit: Terry Stotts
Jack: Jeff Hornacek
Marquist: Brad Stevens
Dontae: Terry Stotts
Sam: Terry Stotts
Levin-Ep: Terry Stotts

"With essentially five players scoring in double figures, [assistant coach] Neil Olshey and Terry Stotts have built this team from the ground up and while they flashed potential last season, due to the lack of bench production they were unable to grab a playoff spot in the tightly contested West. This season is different...Standing tall at 20-4, Stotts has turned this team around with multiple stars in LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lilliard and surrounding them with above average contributors. Stotts has devised a hard-nosed team and hope to see the Indiana Pacers in the Finals." -Ankit Mehra

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
 
Danny: Michael Carter-Williams
Ankit: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Jack: Michael Carter-Williams
Marquist: Michael Carter-Williams
Dontae: Michael Carter-Williams
Sam: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Levin-Ep: MCW

"[Carter-Williams] leads all rookies in scoring, rebounding, and assists...tough to argue with having MC-Dubs as the leader of the ROY candidates." -Adam Levin Epstein
 
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR:
 
Danny: Manu Ginobili
Ankit: Tyreke Evans
Jack: Jamal Crawford
Marquist: Manu Ginobili
Dontae: Tyreke Evans
Sam: Tyreke Evans
Levin-Ep: Jeremy Lin
 
"An honorable mention for this category should be Celtics guard Jordan Crawford. He has really stepped up in his new role as point guard." -Danny Emerman

"I really wanted to vote Dion Waiters here, but it's gotta be Tyreke." -Sam Emerman

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
 
Danny: Roy Hibbert
Ankit: Roy Hibbert
Jack: Roy Hibbert
Marquist: Dwight Howard
Dontae: Roy Hibbert 
Sam: Roy Hibbert
Levin-Ep: Roy Hibbert
 
"Paul George, Tim Duncan, Lebron James, and Avery Bradley also deserve to be in the conversation but nobody has been better on the defensive side of the ball than Hibbert." -Danny Emerman
 
 
This post is part one of a two-part series. In part two, Levin-Ep and I will choose the NBA First and Second teams and predict the winner of the 2013-2014 NBA Finals! Be sure to check it out...