Pick and Pop Predictions: 2014 Playoffs and Awards

Most Valuable Player

Kevin Durant, Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder- Andy

Kevin Durant, Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder- Evan

Kevin Durant, Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder- Winston

As great as Lebron is and has played this season, Durant was better during this campaign carrying a team that was often without it’s other top player in Russell Westbrook.  Durant is the best pure scorer in the game, but this season made terrific strides in improving his defense and rebounding.  It’s his award this season.

Rookie of the Year

Michael Carter-Williams, Point Guard, Philadelphia 76ers- Andy

Michael Carter-Williams, Point Guard, Philadelphia 76ers- Evan

Victor Oladipo, PG, Orlando Magic- Win

You don’t have to be on a winner to be in consideration for this award.  MCW has the most impressive stats while Oladipo showed flashes of the highest upside. It’s a weak rookie class but these are both future all stars.

Coach of the Year

Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns – Andy

Greg Poppovich, San Antonio Spurs- Evan

Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns – Win

With such a huge turnaround this season, Suns coach and former Jazz standout Jeff Hornacek seems like a shoe-in for the award this season, but there is no argument that Pop is the best coach in the game and could win this every year.

Most Improved Player

Goran Dragic, PG/SG, Phoneix Suns – Andy

Anthony Davis, Power Forward, New Orleans Pelicans- Evan

Gerald Green, SG, Phoenix Suns – Win

All three are great choices and all three players have shown marked improvement this campaign.  Davis is clearly the best of the bunch and should enter the top 5 players in the league conversation for the next decade.

Sixth Man of the Year

Manu Ginobli, SG, San Antonio Spurs – Andy

Taj Gibson, Power Forward, Chicago Bulls- Evan

Jamal Crawford, SG, LA Clippers – Win

Such a valuable role and these are the elites. Generally this award is given to a player on a top tier team so my money is Manu, who is sporting an absurd PER of over 20.

Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah, Center, Chicago Bulls – Andy

Joakim Noah, Center, Chicago Bulls- Evan

Joakim Noah, Center, Chicago Bulls – Win

Ok, so they awarded this already, but he was an obvious choice anyways,

Western Conference Predictions:

The 4 series:

San Antonio vs Dallas

Houston vs Portland

LA Clippers vs Golden State

Oklahoma City vs Memphis

San Antonio, OKC, LAC, Portland win round one – Andy

San Antonio, OKC Win round two – Andy

San Antonio will be Western Conference Champion – Andy

San Antonio, Houston, LAC and OKC win round one- Evan

San Antonio, OKC win round two- Evan

San Antonio Western Conference and NBA champions- Evan

San Antonio, Houston, GSW and OKC win round one- Win

San Antonio, OKC win round two- Win

San Antonio Western Conference champions- Win

Eastern Conference First Round:

The 4 series:

Indiana vs Atlanta

Chicago vs Washington

Toronto vs Brooklyn

Miami vs Charlotte

Indiana, Washington, Brooklyn, and Miami win round 1 – Andy

Indiana and Miami win round 2- Andy ———Clearly the two best in the East

Miami wins Eastern Conference finals – Andy

San Antonio will win it all this year – Andy

Indiana, Chicago, Brooklyn and Miami in round one- Evan

Chicago, and Miami in round two- Evan

Miami Eastern Conference Champions- Evan

Indiana, Chicago, Brooklyn and Miami in round one- Win

Indiana and Miami in round two- Win

Miami Eastern Conference Champions, NBA Champions- Win

 

 

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