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.
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)
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)
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)
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
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
PF- DRAYMOND GREEN
C- DeMARCUS COUSINS
ALL NBA SECOND TEAM
SG- JIMMY BUTLER
SF- KAWHI LEONARD
PF- ANTHONY DAVIS
C- ANDRE DRUMMOND