Early NBA Awards Predictions

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Grant Murphy, Sports Writer

While we are still very early in the season, the NBA is in full swing, and many elite stars are making their cases to receive the prestigious awards sometime in 2022. While it’s still too early in the season to make official predictions for these awards, so here are my early predictions.

 

MVP

Winner: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Runner Up: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Now I know this might cause some controversy, but look at what the 76ers are without Joel Embiid. They become one of the worst teams in the NBA. I understand the type of season LeBron is having but Embiid has been the most valuable player to his team so far.

 

  Rookie of the Year

Winner: LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets

Runner up: Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves

I don’t think this award is very close. The type of numbers LaMelo is putting up since becoming a starter is absolutely absurd for a rookie. I think Anthony Edwards and other rookies are having a great season but none quite like LaMelo.

 

Sixth Man of the Year

Winner: Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz

Runner up: Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors

The season Clarkson is having is very similar to the great years of Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford. I think with the way the Jazz are playing and the season that Clarkson is having makes him a lock for sixth man of the year.

  

 Defensive Player of the Year

Winner: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Runner up: Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

Rudy Gobert has been one of the best defenders in the league for a while now and I know Myles Turner is leading the league in blocks but, with the type of season he is having, and with his team’s record, the award is all Rudy Gobert.

 

Coach of the Year

Winner: Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz

Runner up: Doc Rivers, Philadelphia 76ers

Both these coaches are leading their teams to seasons no one really expected. The reason I pick Quin Snyder over Doc Rivers is based on the Jazz having a better record, and that the Jazz are doing this without a superstar that is on the level of Joel Embiid.