Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sportz' NBA Postseason Awards

MVP-LeBron James: I'm a big Kobe guy, but LeBron was the man this year. He had an outstanding season and his Cavaliers had an unbelievable year. He has been nearly unstoppable. His numbers are great and that doesn't even factor how many 4th quarters he sat during blowouts.

COACH-Mike Brown: It's odd to have the Coach of the Year and MVP on the same team. But Brown did an amazing job turning this Cavs team into a defensive juggernaut. He's also done a masterful job at running his team.

ROOKIE-Derrick Rose: The Rookie Award tends to have someone shoot out of the gate as the favorite, but they hit a wall and the award goes to the guy who finished strong. The media tried to do this with Rose, but it's not going to work. He's been the best rookie all year long and he, as a point guard, got his team into the playoffs.

DEFENSIVE-Dwight Howard: He won the rebounding and shot blocking titles handily.

SIXTH MAN-Jason Terry: Terry would get some run from Lamar Odom, but I think a lot of people will feel Odom started playing well once he filled in as a starter when Andrew Bynum was injured.

MOST IMPROVED-Chris "Birdman" Andersen: I've watched several Nuggets games over the past month and have been amazed at the impact Andersen has had. This was a guy who was out of the league for two seasons while he served a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Now he's a shotblocking machine who allowed the Nuggets not to miss Marcus Camby at all.

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