With the NBA Awards this last Monday, I thought it was proper we look ahead to the 2020 awards.
MVP: With Klay and KD out, Curry has the opportunity to prove his worth like he did in Game 3 of the Finals when he dropped 47. I expect a lot of those kinds of performance until Klay comes back and even when he’s healthy. This race will be very tight with Giannis, Harden, and Kawhi expected to be strong candidates again but I think Curry will ultimately win.
ROTY: With Zion being the 1st option right out of the gate, I don’t see why he wouldn’t have a huge impact on both ends. Ja Morant is his biggest competition being another 1st option on a rebuilding team. I think both have a good shot to win it but Zion’s impact in nearly every aspect of the game makes him the favorite to me.
DPOY: I believe Giannis got snubbed from this year’s award but I think he can pull it off next year. Gobert is the best shot blocker in the league and keeps players out of the paint because of that but otherwise doesn’t do much. Giannis can do almost anything you could do almost anything one could ask for defensively.
MIP: Already went over this in a previous post so check that out for details.
6MOY: Lou Williams has won the last 2 awards and he could do this again. His career highs in PPG are in each of the last 2 years and shows no signs of slowing down. However, if LA signs a big name free agent who dominates the ball, then I would say he doesn’t win. Other candidates would be Dinwiddie, Sabonis, and D-Rose.
COTY: The Nuggets won 54 games this year behind a young core that’s only getting better. I wouldn’t be surprised if they won 60+ games in a wide open West with Malone leading the way as coach. The other candidates are hard to determine in pre-season because the award either goes to a good team that gets better or a total surprise team.
Please comment opinions and thoughts!