NBA Award Predictions: MVP, Rookie of the Year…

NBA Award Predictions

NBA Award Predictions for the Upcoming Season: Early Predictions and analysis from our 3 NBA Experts. Check out our full podcast above, or click this link to download on Apple or Spotify: https://callingourshot.buzzsprout.com/

Most Valuable Player: NBA Award Prediction

Luka Doncic

Luka averaged nearly 30 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists last year. This is his award to lose. The MVP award is typically given out before the season starts. Everyone is all aboard the Luka hype train and I’m right behind them. –Matt Pieper

 

Damian Lillard

Dame Time is back in full force this year. Damian carried this team to the postseason dropping 50 points a game just to make it to the playoffs. He carries that over into this season and averages a career high in points. The Blazers are going to be a surprise team to watch this year. –Logan Stacey

 

LeBron James

LeBron is the best player in the league. No debating that. The NBA has done him wrong the last several years not awarding him MVP because they were tired of giving it to the same person. Well, that isn’t the case this year. LeBron deserves to add one more MVP trophy to his collection. –Austin O’Connell

 

Rookie of the Year: NBA Award Predictions

James Wiseman

James Wiseman is going to impress people this year. He will be the starting center on a Warriors team that hasn’t had a dominant bigman in a long time. Wiseman will average 18 points and 9-10 rebounds and that is good enough to win up ROTY. –Austin O’Connell

 

LaMelo Ball

We all know the Rookie of the Year is a popularity contest and there are none bigger than LaMelo. He’s going to get plenty of playing time, and he will make the most of it. While I don’t think he will be the best in the class, he will be good enough in year 1 to take home the ROTY trophy. –Matt Pieper

 

Deni Avdija

This is my darkhorse. It is no fun picking a big name like Anthony Edwards or LaMelo Ball. Deni impressed in his first preseason game going 6/6. He is going to have plenty of open shots to knock down with Westbrook and Beal out there. Deni’s my sleeper for Rookie of the Year. –Logan Stacey

 

Most Improved Player: NBA Award Predictions

Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray dominated the NBA Bubble. He was one of the best players on the floor, something we had not said yet in his young career. He took a massive leap forward, and I say he continues that leap with a big 2020-2021 season averaging 26-28 ppg. –Logan Stacey

 

Christian Wood

This is my darkhorse. Christian Wood is one of my favorite NBA players and I am expecting him to shine in Houston. Last season in Detroit, Wood was very good when he got playing time towards the end of the season. He continues to momentum and makes people believers in him like I am. James Harden should be gone soon, check out my top 5 trade destinations for him here–Austin O’Connell

 

Michael Porter Jr.

MPJ had a coming out party in the Bubble. He showed the true skill and athleticism that many were hoping he would show coming out of the draft. MPJ is as talented as they come and with the right amount of playing time, he will flourish. This year is his true coming out party to all NBA fans. –Matt Pieper

 

Defensive Player of the Year:

Anthony Davis

We all agreed for this one. Surprisingly, the Brow (Anthony Davis) has never won a Defensive Player of the Year award. Widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the league, he deserves this award more than anyone else and he gets the job done this year. –Austin O’Connell, Matt Pieper, Logan Stacey

 

Most Surprising Team/Coach of the Year: 

New Orleans Pelicans

With the hiring of Stan Van Gundy, this team is going to be good. They are flying under the radar, but with Zion Williamson back healthy, this team will be a top 6 team in the West. Their young core is back and improved, and this year they take a big step forward as a team. –Matt Pieper

 

Portland Trail Blazers

I spoke about this earlier in my Dame for MVP chant but the Blazers are going to be very good this year. They added key pieces to improve their depth with Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr. I say they put it altogether in the regular season and finish as a top 3 seed out West. –Logan Stacey

 

Memphis Grizzlies

Everyone is sleeping on the Grizzlies. They were a couple possessions away from making the playoffs last year despite missing one of their best players in Jaren Jackson Jr. They return the same starting lineup as last year and Ja Morant is only going to get better. Morant gives me some flashbacks of prime Derrick Rose, and boy does he excite me. Give me the Grizzlies to shock everyone out West. –Austin O’Connell

 

Most Disappointing Team:

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat overachieved last year making the NBA Finals. I expect this team to regress in a big way. They won’t be better than the Bucks, Nets, Raptors, Celtics and now they are already the 5th seed not hosting a playoff game. That’s why I am just not bought in on this team this season. –Austin O’Connell

 

Los Angeles Clippers

I’d argue the Clippers were the biggest disappointment last year, and it’ll be the same this issue. Paul George is not a top10-15 NBA player like everyone wants to claim him to be. Kawhi Leonard is a great talent, but he isn’t the leader like LeBron is. He can’t carry this team on his own and that’s why they will disappoint for another year.. –Matt Pieper.

 

Boston Celtics

All of the teams in the East got better except for the Boston Celtics. They let Gordon Hayward walk away which will be a bigger subtraction than people believe. They already had no depth, and now it is even less. Jeff Teague and Tristan Thompson are both older and won’t make a big impact like the Celtics might’ve hoped for. Celtics will disappoint their fans this season. –Logan Stacey

 

And that’ll do it! Those are our NBA Award Predictions for the upcoming NBA season. If you disagree, let us know in the comments below! We will check back on these NBA Award Predictions at the end of the year and see how we did!

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