2013-2014 NBA Season Awards: My Picks

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Most Valuable Player: Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Analysis: This is a no-brainer. The guy was fantastic all year and deserves this award. His play this season, despite Russell Westbrook missing a good portion of the season, was absolutely incredible. He averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.3 steals on 50/39/87 shooting. Easily his award.
Runner-Up: LeBron James; Third: Blake Griffin

Rookie of the Year: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
Analysis: I actually hate the idea that someone has to win this damn award this year. The entire rookie class from 2013 was terrible and it was just lackluster from beginning to end. I almost gave this to Victor Oladipo but Michael Carter-Williams gets it from just a pure stats point of view. Oh well. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.9 steals on 41/26/70 shooting.
Runner-Up: Victor Oladipo; Third: Mason Plumlee

Defensive Player of the Year: Andre Iguodala, SF, Golden State Warriors
Analysis: This was a tough award to give to someone. But Iguodala was a highly influential part of the Golden State defense. His ability to keep the opponent’s best perimeter player bottled up was a big part of Golden State’s success this season. When on the floor, Golden State had a Defensive Efficiency of 96.8. When he was off the floor, it jumped all the way to 103.1. His impact was far and wide. He gets this for me.
Runner-Up: Joakim Noah; Third: Roy Hibbert

Most Improved Player: Goran Dragic, PG, Phoenix Suns
Analysis: This was another tough award for me. I went with Dragic over both Green and Stephenson simply because he went from being good to great and that’s a tougher step than going from mediocre to good. Dragic was the leader for the Suns this season and he kept them afloat while Eric Bledsoe was missing in action. Dragic averaged 20.3 points, 5.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 steals on 51/41/76 shooting.
Runner-Up: Gerald Green; Third: Lance Stephenson

Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
Analysis: While he did miss some time, Crawford was the most influential sixth man in the entire NBA. His ability to come in and start while J.J. Redick missed games was instrumental towards the Clippers success this season. He now sports a career mark of 41 four-point plays, which is tops in NBA history. Crawford averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.9 steals on 42/36/87 shooting.
Runner-Up: Taj Gibson; Third: Manu Ginobili

Coach of the Year: Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns
Analysis: It’s very hard to put into words what Jeff Hornacek did this season. Last season, the Phoenix Suns went 25-57 and then hired Hornacek. They went 48-34 with him at the helm this season and a ton of their players experienced career years under his guidance. From the top down, the Phoenix Suns were a spitting image of their head coach. He got them to play in an almost college atmosphere with the intensity, passion, and drive to win. It was great to watch night-in and night-out.
Runner-Up: Steve Clifford; Third: Gregg Popovich

Comeback Player of the Year: Channing Frye, FC, Phoenix Suns
Analysis: Coming back from heart surgery is something that cannot really even be fathomed. Frye didn’t even play last season at all but this season he came back to start all 82 games and averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists on 43/37/82 shooting. I hope that Channing Frye is able to put together an even longer career and he looks back at this season as the start of the rest of his life. Hats off to him.
Runner-Up: Greg Oden; Third: Kevin Love

All-NBA First Team
G: Chris Paul
G: Steph Curry
F: LeBron James
F: Kevin Durant
C: Joakim Noah

All-NBA Second Team
G: James Harden
G: Goran Dragic
F: Blake Griffin
F: Paul George
C: Dwight Howard

All-NBA Third Team
G: Kyle Lowry
G: Damian Lillard
F: Carmelo Anthony
F: LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Al Jefferson 

All-Defensive First Team
G: Chris Paul
G:
Patrick Beverley
F:
Andre Iguodala
F:
Paul George
C: 
Joakim Noah

All-Defensive Second Team
G: Mike Conley
G:
Jimmy Butler
F:
Kawhi Leonard
F:
LeBron James
C:
Roy Hibbert

All-Rookie First Team
G: Michael Carter-Williams
G:
Victor Oladipo
F:
Giannis Antetokounmpo
F:
Ryan Kelly
C: 
Mason Plumlee

All-Rookie Second Team
G: Trey Burke
G:
Tim Hardaway, Jr.
F:
Kelly Olynyk
F:
Cody Zeller
C:
Gorgui Dieng  

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