NBA MID-SEASON AWARDS THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016

NBA MID-SEASON AWARDS

This is the first ever www.inthegymrange.com NBA Mid-Season Awards. This article will be published within a few games of the 41 (mid-season) mark for all of the NBA teams.

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STEPH CURRY IS MVP OF THE FIRST HALF OF NBA SEASON

STEPH CURRY-GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS(AVG: 29.5PTS, 6.5AST, 2.2STL, 44% from 3PT, 5.2REB)

SYNOPSIS: Curry has been even better throughout the first half of the 2015-16 season then last year when he captured the NBA MVP Award. There is nothing the 6’3″ point guard can not do while on the court. His absurd shooting range opens up everything else for the rest of the Golden State roster. While currently battling a shin injury, the Warriors have the luxury of resting the star if the injury persists. Currently 32-2, the former Davidson star is the key to the high octane offense that have legit aspirations of breaking the all-time single season win record. Along with back-court mate Klay Thompson and Forward Draymond Green the Warriors are the most exciting team in the NBA to watch. While LeBron James is the most talented player in the world, Curry has been the best player so far at the NBA mid-way point and deserving of this honor.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook

 

BEST ROOKIE: KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS-MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (AVG. 15.8PTS, 9.3REB, 1.2AST)

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TOWNS AT KENTUCKY

SYNOPSIS: Towns has come right into the league and has played extremely well. Along with 2nd year future star Andrew Wiggins, these 2 are the foundation for an improving Timberwolves team. Towns is a 7-footer with nice range on his jump-shot and has been excellent on the defensive end. The former Kentucky star has proven worthy of the hype surrounding being selected 1st overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. Playing the PF/C position in the NBA every night is a tough job, especially for a rookie. However, Towns has done an excellent job. He closely holds off the New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis, who is playing extremely well and might be the best player when all is said and done that comes out of the 2015 Draft.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Kristaps Porzingis, Jahlil Okafor

 

 

COMEBACK PLAYER: PAUL GEORGE-INDIANA PACERS (AVG: 24.1PTS, 7.6REB, 3.8AST)

SYNOPSIS: This is a no-contest. George has comeback from an horrific leg injury and has been outstanding. If Indiana were playing a little better, the 2X NBA-ALL STAR would be in consideration for the mid-season MVP Award. For a closer look at Paul George please click on the following link.     https://inthegymrange.com/the-power-of-rehab

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:   NONE

BEST COACH: LUKE WALTON- GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

SYNOPSIS: When Golden State Head Coach Steve Kerr had complications from off-season back surgery, the Warriors did what worked so well for them last season. They turned to the bench. Assistant coach Luke Walton has taken over as Kerr is still recovering and has led the team to the best record in the NBA with a 36-2 record. The former NBA veteran and son of NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton has been superb as the team hasn’t missed a beat and have a legitimate shot of breaking the all-time single season win record set by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 (72-10).

Analysts might argue with the fact the Warriors have so much talent that anyone can coach them. While Golden State possesses an extraordinary amount of talent it is still the NBA with the best players in the world. The only concern the Warriors front office might have is that Walton will surely be a hot commodity next season when head coaching jobs around the NBA open up.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Rick Carlisle, Stan Van Gundy

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: ANDRE DRUMMOND-DETROIT PISTONS (AVG: 18.0PTS, 15.4REB, 0.8AST, 1.5BLK)

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ANDRE DRUMMOND

SYNOPSIS: This was a very tough category to pick. Portland’s CJ McCollum has really come on and is averaging 20 points per game. Reggie Jackson has played well for the Pistons. However, Jackson’s teammate wins this award. Andre Drummond has been a force at Center this season and has dominated his opponent in the majority of the games. Averaging an absurd 15.4 rebounds a game with 18 points proves what having a really good Center can have on a team. Detroit is improved from the last few seasons and the former University of Connecticut star is the main reason why. If Drummond can ever improve his free-throw shooting, he could take his game to an elite level.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Reggie Jackson, CJ McCollum

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: DRAYMOND GREEN-GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (15.2PTS, 9.7REB, 7.3AST)

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DRAYMOND GREEN

SYNOPSIS: Another very tough category to choose as all these players are very deserving. The reason we went with Green? Because at only 6’7″ he guards up to 4 positions on the court. There are times he is playing Center and giving up 4-5 inches. There are other times he is playing shooting guard or small forward, while guarding much quicker players. All this and he has taken his game to a whole other level. It is his versatility that opens up the court for Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Green is arguably the Warriors most valuable player. While Curry is the MVP and there best player, Green is the player Golden State can least afford to lose right now. He does everything, and does it well. All of the other players in consideration for this award are all deserving but the versatility Green offers on the defensive end gives him the slight nod.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan

MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM: LOS ANGELES LAKERS

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THE HISTORIC L.A. LAKERS HAVE BEEN THE MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM SO FAR IN THE NBA SEASON

SYNOPSIS: The Lakers have told the entire world that this season is all about the farewell tour of Kobe Bryant. While Bryant is a future Hall of Famer and arguably one of the top 10-15 greatest players of all time, it is still the Lakers. The Lakers are tanking. The problem is if they don’t finish in the top 3 of the 2016 Lottery they relinquish there draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the 2012 Lakers/Suns trade of Steve Nash. The Suns moved the pick to the 76ers in a 3-team trade with Milwaukee, in which Brandon Knight went to Phoenix.

In what direction is this franchise headed? Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell are nice pieces. Jordan Clarkson is solid. The rest of the current roster might conceivably not be on the team next season. What does General Manager Mitch Kupchak have in store for the future? The Lakers are one of the most popular franchises in professional sports and should never be this bad. A whole reconstruction process might be necessary. Byron Scott is Bryant’s close friend and has let him run the team into the ground the last few seasons. A whole lot of changes are needed in Lakerland. Let’s hope that for the betterment of the NBA, it happens sooner rather then later.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Milwaukee, Phoenix, Houston

ALL NBA FIRST TEAM

PG-STEPH CURRY

SG-JAMES HARDEN

SF-LeBRON JAMES

PF- DRAYMOND GREEN

C- DeMARCUS COUSINS

 

ALL NBA SECOND TEAM

PG-CHRIS PAUL

SG- JIMMY BUTLER

SF- KAWHI LEONARD

PF- ANTHONY DAVIS

C- ANDRE DRUMMOND

 

 

 

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This article has 16 Comments

  1. Awesome article. I am sad to see that the Lakers are not doing well this year. I am not a huge basketball fan but I do like to watch the Lakers every once in a while. I like how you have the players categorized. I now have a site I can come to and read up on so that when I go to our family get togethers I will know what I am talking About 😉

  2. Lol! I don´t know how I ended up on this site, sure I like Basket, especially Michael Jordan.. I mean who doesn´t? I know it is BIG in America… But I live in Sweden and whe don´t really have a basketball culture here 🙂 But atleast we got one NBA player now! 🙂 Jonas Jerebko, I think I spelled it right? 🙂 We are very proud over him because not many players from Sweden make it to the NBA… Any way nice looking site! My favourit NBA team is LA Lakers by the way.. Have been since I was a child.. Maybe because of Magic Johnson 🙂

    Thank you!

  3. I haven’t followed the NBA very regularly. This Steph Curry looks very promising. He has very impressive statistics.
    Karl Anthony Towns also looks promising. It is interesting to see some of the rookies and it seems that one can get a general gauge of their performance, which helps with future predictions.
    When I watch sports, I really enjoy following the statistics. The game play is, of course, interesting. However, it’s the statistics that really catch my main interest.
    It’s nice to see injured players like Paul George return and contribute meaningfully. A single injury can end a player’s entire career. I’m glad to see he is back and doing well.
    The Lakers are always an interesting team to watch. It’s too bad they are not doing so well lately.
    Thanks for this interesting write up.

  4. Ok I do not follow the NBA but I am a basket ball fan on the college level and I know all the names you mention what basketball fan wouldn’t.
    I follow the big 12 mostly, but stay up on all the major colleges. Since WSU has become more competitive I do watch some of mid majors. Their are so many college players today that will be in the NBA tomorrow.
    By the way my favorite is Paul Pierce

    1. Hello, Thanks for reviewing my article. I appreciate it. Paul Pierce in his prime was amazing. He is obviously on the downside of his career but is still very clutch at the end of games.

  5. James has the mainstream brand appeal ans deservedly so since he’s performed at the eltite level over a very long period of time but Curry so far has been the best in the NBA by miles. If he remains unhindered with his shin injury, he’ll take out not only the mid season award but end of season as well. He’s that good.

    CJ McCollum tot ake out most improved in a shock upset. You will see 🙂

    1. Hello,

      You seem to know alot about the NBA. Thanks for commenting. I defnitely would not be shocked if McCollum wins the award at the end of teh year. He has played great and makes a great back-court with Damian Lillard. The best part about McCollum is he is from Lehigh and not highly recruited.

  6. Its a great article you have concluded very specifically that let people know which players have been playing in a good shape and what aspects of they have contributed more on the court (like defense, assist, score, etc.) during the regular season.

    I love basketball and I’ve played basketball since I was 8 😀

    I hope you site is gonna be famous explosively one day 🙂 (hope my English writing is not wrong)

  7. Cool stuff. The NBA is very fun to watch, and I do my best to keep up with it. Paul George has definitely come back from his injury well. He is killing it right now. I think Anthony Davis is individually playing better than Draymond Green is right now, but other than that your all NBA teams I agree with. Too bad Kobe isn’t on there anymore!

  8. Its really too bad I came across this so late. Would’ve helped a lot for fantasy purposes. The breakdowns are awesome. Great work on the positional side of it. Great reference for future use for NBA fantasy. The rest of the site is pretty sweet too. Thats what brought me to this page

    1. Hi Jason,

      Thank you for the compliments. I appreciate it. We try and go In-depth as much as possible with everything that we post. We plan to do articles on NBA fantasy for the upcoming season so try and re-visit the site. Thank you again.

      -Rob

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