Around the NBA: Announced Awards and Predictions

by Harry Porter | In a pandemic-riddled sports world, the NBA season awards schedule has been disheveled at best. Rather than sticking to the recent awards show format, the NBA is announcing its end of season awards individually during the postseason action. So far, the Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Coach of the Year have been announced. The NBA has also announced the All-Defensive First and Second Teams and the All-Rookie First and Second Teams.

Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Most Improved Player of the Year: Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans

Sixth Man of the Year: Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers

Coach of the Year: Nick Nurse, Toronto Raptors

NBA All-Defensive First Team

Guard: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Guard: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Forward: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Center: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Guard: Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers

Guard: Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks

Forward: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

Center: Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks

NBA All-Rookie First Team

Guard: Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

Guard: Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat

Forward: Brandon Clarke, Memphis Grizzlies

Forward: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

Forward: Eric Paschall, Golden State Warriors

NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Guard: Terence Davis, Toronto Raptors

Guard: Tyler Herro, Miami Heat

Guard: Coby White, Chicago Bulls

Forward: P.J. Washington, Charlotte Hornets

Forward: Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards

Here are my predictions for the MVP award and the All-NBA first, second and third teams for the 2019-2020 NBA season.

MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

All-NBA First Team

Guard: James Harden, Houston Rockets

Guard: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Forward: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Center: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

All-NBA Second Team

Guard: Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers

Guard: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Forward: Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks

Forward: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat

Center: Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets

All-NBA Third Team

Guard: Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz

Guard: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Forward: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

Forward: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Center: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

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