NBA Awards Roundtable

NBA Awards Roundtable

The NBA regular season will come to a close on Wednesday night, which means it is just about that time to make postseason award predictions.

MVP

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Eric Laboissonniere: 

  1. Stephen Curry (Close to unanimous)
  2. Russell Westbrook
  3. LeBron James
  4. Kevin Durant
  5. Kawhi Leonard

Connor Casey

  1. Stephen Curry (Without a doubt)
  2. Kawhi Leonard
  3. Russell Westbrook
  4. LeBron James
  5. Kevin Durant

Timmy Sclafani

  1. Steph Curry
    1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Russell Westbrook
  3. LeBron James
  4. Kawhi Leonard
  5. Chris Paul

 

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Eric Laboissonniere: 

  1. Draymond Green
  2. Kawhi Leonard
  3. Rudy Gobert

Connor Casey

  1. Draymond Green
  2. Kawhi Leonard
  3. Paul Millsap

Timmy Sclafani

  1. Kawhi Leonard
  2. Draymond Green
  3. Paul Millsap

Rookie of the Year

Eric Laboissonniere:

  1. Karl Anthony-Towns (should be unanimous)
  2. Kristaps Porzingis
  3. Nikola Jokic

Connor Casey

  1. KAT!! (It will be unanimous)
  2. Nikola Jokic
  3. Kristaps Porzingis

Timmy Sclafani

  1. Karl Anthony-Towns
  2. Kristaps Porzingis
  3. Nikola Jokic

Coach of the Year

Eric Laboissonniere:

  1. Gregg Popovich
  2. Steve Clifford
  3. Dwayne Casey

Connor Casey

  1. Terry Stots
  2. Gregg Popovich
  3. Steve Kerr

Timmy Sclafani:

  1. Steve Kerr
  2. Greg Popovich
  3. Dave Joerger

Sixth Man of the Year

Eric Laboissonniere:

  1. Jeremy Lin
  2. Enes Kanter
  3. Ed Davis

Connor Casey

  1. Jamal Crawford
  2. Jeremy Lin
  3. Enes Kanter

Timmy Sclafani:

  1. Jamal Crawford
  2. Tristan Thompson
  3. Jeremy Lin

Most Improved Player of the Year

Eric Laboissonniere:

  1. C.J. McCollum
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  3. Ian Mahinmi

Connor Casey

  1. C.J. McCollum
  2. Giannis Antetokunmpo
  3. Jae Crowder (I had to have at least one homer pick)

Timmy Sclafani

  1. C.J. McCollum
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  3. Kemba Walker

All-NBA

Eric Laboissonniere:

First Team

  • G- Stephen Curry
  • G- Russell Westbrook
  • F- LeBron James
  • F- Kevin Durant
  • C- Draymond Green

Second Team

  • G- Chris Paul
  • G- Kyle Lowry
  • F- Kawhi Leonard
  • F- Paul Millsap
  • C- DeMarcus Cousins

Third Team

  • G- Damian Lillard
  • G- James Harden
  • F- Paul George
  • F- LaMarcus Aldrdige
  • C- Al Horford

Connor Casey

First Team

  • G – Stephen Curry
  • G – Russell Westbrook
  • F – Kawhi Leonard
  • F – LeBron James
  • C – Draymond Green

Second Team

  • CP3
  • Damian Lillard
  • Kevin Durant
  • Paul Millsap
  • DeMarcus Cousins

Third Team

  • Kyle Lowry
  • James Harden
  • Paul George
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Andre Drummond

Timmy Sclafani:

First Team

  • G – Stephen Curry
  • G – Russell Westbrook
  • F – Kevin Durant
  • F – LeBron James
  • C – Draymond Green

Second Team

  • Chris Paul
  • Damian Lillard
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Paul George
  • Al Horford

Third Team

  • Kyle Lowry
  • Klay Thompson
  • Paul Millsap
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • DeMarcus Cousins

All-Defense

Eric Laboissonniere: 

First Team

  • G- Chris Paul
  • G- Tony Allen
  • F- Kawhi Leonard
  • F- Draymond Green
  • C- Rudy Gobert

Second Team

  • G- Avery Bradley
  • G- Klay Thompson
  • F- Jae Crowder
  • F- Paul Millsap
  • C- Hassan Whiteside

Connor Casey

First Team

  • G – Kyle Lowry
  • G – Tony Allen
  • F – Kawhi Leonard
  • F – Draymond Green
  • C – Rudy Gobert

Second Team

  • G – Avery Bradley
  • G – Jimmy Butler
  • F – Paul George
  • F – Paul Millsap
  • C – Hassan Whiteside

Timmy Sclafani:

First Team

  • G – Chris Paul
  • G – Avery Bradley
  • F – Kawhi Leonard
  • F – Draymond Green
  • C – Rudy Gobert

Second Team

  • G – Tony Allen
  • G – Jimmy Butler
  • F – Paul George
  • F – Paul Millsap
  • C – DeAndre Jordan

All-Rookie

Eric Laboissonniere:

First Team

  • G- Emmanuel Mudiay
  • G- Devin Booker
  • F- Karl Anthony-Towns
  • F- Kristaps Porzingis
  • C- Nikola Jokic

Second Team

  • G- D’Angelo Russell
  • G- Justise Winslow
  • F- Myles Turner
  • F-Jahlil Okafor
  • C- Willie Cauley-Stein

Connor Casey

First Team

  • G – Emmanuel Mudiay
  • G – Devin Booker
  • F – Kristaps Porzingis
  • F – KAT
  • C – Nikola Jokic

Second Team

  • G – D’Angelo Russell
  • G – Trey Lyles
  • F – Justice Winslow
  • F – Myles Turner
  • C – Willie Cauley-Stein

Timmy Sclafani

First Team

  • G – D’Angelo Russell
  • G – Devin Booker
  • F – Kristaps Porzingis
  • F – Karl Anthony Towns
  • C – Nikola Jokic

Second Team

  • G – Justice Winslow
  • G – Trey Lyles
  • F – Justice Winslow
  • F – Jahlil Okafor
  • C – Willie Cauley-Stein
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NBA First Round Mock Draft 2.0: Post NCAA Tournament

NBA First Round Mock Draft 2.0: Post NCAA Tournament

This is my second mock draft focusing on players that have been trending up or down after the NCAA tournament. Many players have recently declared for the draft because of the new rule which allows players to “test the waters”. It will be interesting to see which players actually keep their name in the draft and which players head back to college.

Below is every first round pick projection based on team fit. Cheers and enjoy.

Team order as of April 6, 9:30 PM ET

1.Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons SF/PF (LSU Tigers)

2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram PF (Duke Blue Devils)

3. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender PF/C (Maccabi Tel Aviv| International)

4. Boston Celtics: Jamal Murray PG/SG (Kentucky Wildcats)

5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Buddy Hield SG (Oklahoma Sooners)

6. New Orleans Pelicans: Jaylen Brown SF (California Golden Bears)

7. Sacramento Kings: Kris Dunn PG (Providence Friars)

8. Denver Nuggets: Henry Ellenson PF (Marquette Golden Eagles)

9. Toronto Raptors: Jakob Poeltl C (Utah Utes)

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Skal Labissiere C (Kentucky Wildcats)

11. Orlando Magic: Timothe Luwawu SF (Mega Leks| International

12. Phoenix Suns: Marquese Chriss PF (Washington Huskies)

13. Houston Rockets: Tyler Ulis PG (Kentucky Wildcats)

14. Chicago Bulls: Demetrius Jackson PG (Notre Dame Fighting Irish)

15. Utah Jazz: Deyonta Davis PF/C (Michigan State Spartans)

16. Boston Celtics: Ivan Rabb PF (California Golden Bears)

17. Detroit Pistons: Denzel Valentine SG (Michigan State Spartans)

18. Denver Nuggets: Furkan Korkmaz SG (Anadolu Efes| International)

19. Indiana Pacers: Domantas Sabonis PF/C (Gonzaga Bulldogs)

20. Memphis Grizzlies: Wade Baldwin IV PG (Vanderbilt Commodores)

21. Charlotte Hornets: Diamond Stone C (Maryland Terrapins)

22. Philadelphia 76ers: Thon Maker (Athletic Institute| International)

23. Boston Celtics: Taurean Prince SF (Baylor Bears)

24. Atlanta Hawks: Ivica Zubac C (Mega Leks| International)

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Brice Johnson PF (North Carolina Tar Heels)

26. Toronto Raptors: Stephen Zimmerman C (UNLV Rebels)

27. Philadelphia 76ers: Grayson Allen SG (Duke Blue Devils)

28. Phoenix Suns: Isaia Cordinier SG (Denain| International)

29. San Antonio Spurs: Malik Beasley SG (Florida State Seminoles)

30. Golden State Warriors: Damian Jones C (Vanderbilt Commodores)

Trending Up

Brandon Ingram-

Ingram had a really impressive NCAA tournament. He showed that he can step out and make the deep ball pretty consistently and he showed that he was not afraid to attack the rim. He can basically score from anywhere on the court and he is super athletic. He needs to become a better finisher at the next level, which should happen when he puts on a little more weight.

Right now, there is no consensus No. 1overall pick, it would not surprise me if either Ben Simmons or Ingram went No. 1. Ingram certainly helped his stock during the tourney, while Simmons did not even get to play.

Buddy Hield-

Man, Buddy put on a show for everyone during the NCAA tournament. He scored in a variety of ways throughout the tournament and his shooting was fantastic. Hield is definitely a top 10 pick, but now he might be a top five pick. He would be an intriguing fit on a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Boston Celtics because both teams need a shooter that can help out right away at the fourth or fifth pick in the draft.

Thon Maker-

The big news this week came from Thon Maker, and how is going to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft. He might not be eligible because he is still in high school and you need to be out of high school for at least one year before you enter the draft. He is 19 though, so it will be interesting to see if the NBA lets him in.

Maker is very athletic and he can handle the ball like a floor general. He is a seven-footer, and he can take it coast to coast and finish around the rim, but he must improve his shooting and ability to dominate inside. Maker needs a couple years to mature his game and himself, which is why he would be a good pick for a playoff team between the 20-30 range. Maker could be a prime draft and stash pick.

Brice Johnson-

Brice Johnson’s stock rose pretty high after this tournament because he showed time after time that he can take over a game in the frontcourt. He is super athletic and he has great touch around the rim. Johnson is also very good with his feet in the frontcourt, which is why he now looking like a late first round pick.

Patrick McCaw-

McCaw decided to declare for the NBA draft recently, which is why his stock has risen. If he decides to go through with playing in the NBA next season, McCaw is looking like a late first round pick. He is an ideal wing/shooting guard for the next level, who is freakishly athletic. He is a also a pretty good shooter and he has great length. Once he puts on a little more weight, he is going to be tough to stop.

Trending Down

Pac-12 Prospects Not Named Marquese Chriss

Jakob Poeltl, Jaylen Brown, and Ivan Rabb all disapointed in the NCCA tournament. Poeltl showed that he cannot keep up with power forwards at the next level, and Rabb and Brown showed us that they still have a long way to go before they starting making some noise on offense at the next level. Poeltl and Brown are likely still top 10 picks, but neither of them are looking like top five picks, while Rabb could go anywhere from 10-20.

Vanderbilt Prospects

Both Damian Jones and Wade Baldwin did not help out their draft stock at all against the Wichita State Shockers in the tournament. Jones should have dominated against a smaller team, but he struggled to assert himself in the paint. Baldwin played alright, but he showed that he still lacks control and good decision skills, which is something a point guard really needs.