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NBA Midseason Awards


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What has been an exhilarating start to the 2014-15 NBA season, there has been many captivating story lines of emerging NBA players that are going in the right direction of success in the association. As we approach the second half of the season, here are the front runners of our NBA Awards.


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Brace Hemmelgarn- USA TODAY Sports

Rookie of the Year- Andrew Wiggins

     This year’s number one overall selection in Andrew Wiggins has so far been able to live up to expectations, making himself the runaway favorite for the Rookie of the Year award. Making the maximum of his efforts of playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he has been able to polish his talents with the opportunity given to him by head coach Flip Saunders, averaging 15.2 points per game shooting 43%. The ceiling is very high for Wiggins with the future ahead of him.

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Gary Dineen- Getty Images

Most Improved Player- Jimmy Butler

     Shooting guard Jimmy Butler has evolved as one of the best two way players in the NBA. Entering his fourth season, putting himself into All-Star consideration for what he has done for the Chicago Bulls. Developing his offensive game, he has averaged career highs in points, rebounds, and assists this season to go with his stifling defense that has made him a go to option and a backcourt mate Derrick Rose has been missing majority of his career. Going forward deeper into the season, Chicago’s success could weigh heavily on what he can provide on both ends of the floor. It will also be interesting what teams have to offer Butler as he becomes a restricted free agent.


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Sixth Man of the Year- Isaiah Thomas

     Leaving his starting position in Sacramento, Isaiah Thomas had adapted well in his new role with the Phoenix Suns as the catalyst of the bench. Adding himself to a backcourt of guards featuring Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, Thomas has often found himself closing out games for head coach Jeff Hornacek has been a a recipe for success for the Suns. Hoping to hold on to a playoff seed in the Western Conference, Thomas will be a x-factor of how far they can go.

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John E. Sokolowski- USA TODAY Sports

Coach of the Year- Mike Budenholzer

     There is no debate that Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is the NBA’s Coach of the Year. Taking a page out of Greg Popovich’s head coaching book, Budenholzer has his team playing unselfish team basketball that results into open shots and great chances to score along with a top defense in the league. It is too soon to call them the Spurs, as they have their own identity with only 8 losses in the league, leading to the best record in the league.

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John Amis- Associated Press

Defensive Player of the Year- DeAndre Jordan
     What has been a successful year for DeAndre Jordan could earn him honors of being the defensive player of the year. His efforts and contributions has led him to be put in consideration to be an All-Star. Controlling the paint with a league leading 13.1 rebounds per game and 2.4 blocks per game, Jordan has become the defensive anchor for Doc Rivers wants for his team in order to win a championship.

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Most Valuable Player- James Harden
     The Houston Rockets do not have the best record in the Western Conference. However, they do have the player who is most valuable to his team in James Harden. The one who is feared with the beard has taken his game to another level averaging career highs across the board including 2 steals per game on the defensive side that has been a struggle for him in the past. With running mate Dwight Howard absent from the lineup during the season, the challenge has been set for Harden where he has answered the bell leading the team in points and assists. To sustain the high level of success that has been obtained, Harden must stay healthy and on the attack for Houston to make the next step towards winning it all.

Top 5 NBA Power Forwards

    The 2013-14 NBA season has been filled with exciting highlights and significant play from the power forward position thus far. A debate that has fans and critics discussing is who is the best at that position. With various styles of play, here are the top 5 power forwards in the NBA today.

5. Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki has been able to resurrect his play this season and return to his star form after battling frequent injuries last season. As the Dallas Mavericks are in playoff contention in the Western Conference, he has been able to lead the way averaging 21.8 points per game. With the added support of players such as Monta Ellis & Jose Calderon, Nowitzki has proven he is still a reliable number one option for his team. With the revival of Nowitzki, he might have extended his career and the short window of opportunity of Mark Cuban’s championship aspirations.

Will Anthony Davis' Injury Dislodge New Orleans Pelicans from Playoff Race?

4. Anthony Davis

The New Orleans big man in Anthony Davis has proven he can handle the offensive duties as a primary option in the league. While leading the NBA in blocks, Davis is also averaging 20.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Davis has drawn comparisons to Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan with his all around approach. The next step for him will be to grow as a facilitator. While only being 20 years old, the New Orleans Pelicans continue to build their franchise around Davis, while he brings a great deal of respect to this Pelicans franchise.



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3. LaMarcus Aldridge

Portland has captured the center of attention of many as they have become one of the elite teams in the NBA. Through the first half of the season, LaMarcus Aldridge has arguably been the best at his position. Posting career high numbers in points and rebounds with 23.9 ppg and 11.4 rebounds. He has been a significant piece to the puzzle of the Portland TrailBlazers, while becoming a MVP candidate. As Aldridge is sidelined with a groin injury, he must regain his groove back in order for Portland to have postseason success.



Is Kevin Love Starting to Lose Patience with Minnesota Timberwolves?

2. Kevin Love

Kevin Love has been a dominant force for the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the numbers he is averaging this season, Love would be in the MVP discussions if not for the lack of success that his team has. With the offensive repertoire he brings to the table, the lack of defense and leadership intangibles are what keeps his team grounded. Love has people wondering if he is just a good player on a bad team or if he needs a change in scenery. Nevertheless, it is hard to find any power forward with Love’s attributes.



1. Blake Griffin

Look out below as Blake Griffin has emerged into a superstar in the league. The shoulder injury to teammate Chris Paul has been a blessing in disguise for Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers as he stepped up. He has become more of a leader as he led his team to a 13-6 record without Paul. With the coaching of Doc Rivers, the overall game of Griffin continues to grow as the season moves forward averaging a career high in points per game at 24.3. With Griffin developing a mid range jump shot and improving his free throw shooting, the sky is the limit for the Clippers as they are preparing for what looks to be a lengthy postseason run.