Welcome to our NBA End of Year Awards for 2016-17. What a season it has been throughout the entire NBA. We have seen individual performances in which we have never seen before. The top teams rose to the top towards the end of the year. The NBA Playoffs are going to be must watch television.
For our NBA End of the Year Awards, there will be 6 categories as well as our All NBA Teams. We will have an in-depth synopsis for each category winner. We will also list players who we highly considered to win an award but just missed out. Click on each individual player’s name or team that is highlighted to read a previously written article on them. Here are our 2016-17 NBA End of Year Awards.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK – OKC THUNDER
2016-17 STATS: 31.9pts, 10.7reb, 10.4ast
SYNOPSIS: James Harden has been fantastic all year long. So have the players who receive consideration for this award. However, Russell Westbrook has been the best player in the world, and he clinched it within the past month. With the loss of Kevin Durant, everybody knew that he would have to step up his game to another level.
The former UCLA star has done more than step up his game. He has had one of the best individual seasons ever. He broke Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s single season triple-double streak. What makes Westbrook so unique is he plays extremely hard every single night. He never seems to get tired.He is averaging a triple-double on the season.
He does all this on a team that isn’t as talented as Harden’s. The Thunder needed him to play like a star. Westbrook responded. He deserves this award. Westbrook vs Harden in the NBA playoffs first round is going to be must watch television. Russell Westbrook is our 2016-17 NBA MVP.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
2016-17 STATS: (31 games played): 20.2pts, 7.8reb, 2.1ast, 2.5blk
SYNOPSIS: Every fan probably knows the situation. Embiid missed his first 2 NBA seasons due to injury. He came back this year on a limit minutes, playing around 25-30 per game. What he did in those minutes was dominate.
So, do you select Embiid in the 30 splendid games that he played in or Brogdon, who was solid as a rock and played the whole season. Saric, Embiid’s teammate, also showed he is for real. However, we trimmed it down to the 76ers center and Milwaukee’s shooting guard.
In the end, we went for the short season of Embiid over Brogdon. Here is our reasoning. While he is injured again, Embiid played like a top 15 player in the league while only playing half the game. Brogdon didn’t have any pressure coming into the season as he was a 2nd round draft pick.
Joel Embiid is or 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year. The only thing keeping him from being great are the major injury concerns. Let’s hope he gets healthy because he is a joy to watch. Brogdon came in a very close second place.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO- MILWAUKEE BUCKS
2016-17 STATS: 23.1pts, 8.7reb, 5.4ast
SYNOPSIS: This might be the easiest category to choose. “The Greek Freak” was playing like an MVP candidate during the first half of the season. While he has slowed down in the last month of the season, he is clearly the Most Improved player in the League.
Antetokounmpo has the size and skill to play 4 positions on the court. He has an amazing grace to his game. Once he becomes a more reliable outside shooter, he will be almost unstoppable. He already is a top-notch defender. If there is one player who can foreseeable average a triple-double after Westbrook, it might be “The Greek Freak”.
Antetokounmpo has the WOW factor in his game. He is one of those players that you just have to watch in order to believe. He is only 22 years-old. If their is a player whose potential is unlimited, it might be him. Look for the “Greek Freak” to be in the running for MVP for years to come.
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
RUDY GOBERT –UTAH JAZZ
2016-17 STATS:14.1pts, 12.8reb, 1.2ast, 2.7blk
SYNOPSIS: While Rudy Gobert is only 24-years old, he has already accomplished a lot in his 4-year NBA career. He can add another award to his growing trophy list as he is our Defensive Player of the Year. The 27th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft via France started making a name for himself 2 years ago.
The strides he has made in his game rivals few others in the past couple of seasons. “The Stifle Tower” is the best defensive presence in the paint since Dwight Howard was at his peak. The 7’1″ center is a rebounding machine and a shot-blocking wizard. His impeccable timing swatting shots away is a sight to be seen. He is one of the major reasons why the Utah Jazz are back in the NBA Playoffs for the first time in over a decade.
What makes Gobert so tough on the defensive end is his ability to close out. He can also cover power forward’s if the need arises. Draymond Green, Hassan Whiteside, and Kawhi Leonard were our other 3 finalists. All had fantastic defensive seasons. However, Gobert was the best defensive player in the league and a leader of Utah’s renaissance. Rudy Gobert is our 2016-17 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: DRAYMOND GREEN, HASSAN WHITESIDE, KAWHI LEONARD,
MIKE D’ANTONI- HOUSTON ROCKETS
SYNOPSIS: We were very surprised that Houston management chose Mike D’Antoni to become there new head coach. It is true that he had very good success with the Phoenix Suns in the early 2000’s. Then he went to the New York Knicks, which was a disaster. The Lakers came calling next. D’Antoni’s time coaching there might have been more of a disaster than his New York tenure.
However, D’Antoni is the redemption story of the 2016-17 season. The Rockets started out fast and haven’t looked back. In our opinion, the best move by any coach during the entire season was moving James Harden from SG to PG. It changed everything. Suddenly, Houston was an offensive juggernaut and Harden was in serious consideration for MVP the entire season.
The former Italian League coach is an offensive style of coach, which plays right into the type of players that Houston has on it’s roster. He has actually made the team play defense to a point this year. Houston will be the 3rd seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They have a legit chance to reach the conference finals. Who would have ever thought that when he was hired. D’Antoni is unequivocally the NBA Coach of the Year for 2016-17.
BEST 6TH MAN
ANDRE IGUODALA- GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
2016-17 STATS: 7.6pts, 4.0reb, 3.4ast
SYNOPSIS: This was a very difficult category to choose a winner from. Gordon was our mid-season 6th man of the Year. He has rebounded from a couple injury plagued seasons to become a major player for Houston. Williams has always been an excellent 6th man. What hurts him here is ever since he got traded to Houston, he has been seeing time as a starter.
We believe Williams and Gordon cancel each other out. Our winner for 6th man for 2016-17 is Andre Iguodala. Don’t judge “Iggy” on stats alone. He impacts the game on all levels. He is a superior defensive player who can guard multiple positions. He can score when the need arises. He can pass, rebound, defend. If he played on any other team, we believe he would be an All-Star caliber type of player.
While the Warriors have the fearsome foursome, Iguodala is irreplaceable. Golden State will need the former Arizona Wildcat star to play big during the Playoffs. If he does, GSW will win the title. He puts the Warriors on another level.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: LOU WILLIAMS, ERIC GORDON
OUR ALL-NBA TEAMS
GUARD: JAMES HARDEN
GUARD: RUSSELL WESTBROOK
FORWARD: LeBRON JAMES
FORWARD: KAWHI LEONARD
CENTER: ANTHONY DAVIS
GUARD: ISAIAH THOMAS
GUARD: STEPHEN CURRY
FORWARD: GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO
FORWARD: KEVIN DURANT
CENTER: RUDY GOBERT
3 players that won an award was also our leader during our NBA Mid-Season Awards. Gobert, Embiid, Antetokounmpo, were the 3 players and they kept up their outstanding play during the second half of the season. Our Coach of the Year, Mike D’Antoni, was also our leader in his respective category during the mid-season break.
Westbrook beat out Harden, who was our MVP at the mid-season break. Andre Iguodala’s great second half for the Golden State Warriors enabled him to edge out Eric Gordon, who was our leader at mid-season.
QUESTIONS FOR THE READER:
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What category winner(s) would you have changed?
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