Most improved player- Jimmy Butler 20.4 PPG 3.2APG 5.8RPG,
Jimmy Butler deserves this award because he has been averaging 20.4 points per game, compared to last season where he only averaged 13.1 points per game. He has also increased his assist numbers from last season. Butler averaged 2.6 assist per game, and is now up to 3.2 assist per game. He has also added 5.8 rebounds this season, which is up from last years 4.9 rebounds per game. This play has led to the 3rd year Chicago Bulls’ player being selected to participate in this years NBA all-star game. His play has also led to the Chicago Bulls to a 34-20 record, where they sit primed and ready for a deep playoff run.
Most Valuable Player- Stephen Curry 23.6 PPG 7.9APG 4.7RPG
Stephen Curry deserves to be Most Valuable Player so far. He leads his team in scoring, is a lights out 3 point shooter, and he just won the NBA 3 point contest. Those are all great, but the most impressive statistic is that he has led the Golden State Warriors to a league best record of 42-9. This includes a 16 game winning streak where he ran the offense and took over when games were close. If he keeps playing like this, he will win MVP.
Coach of the year- Mike Budenholzer Atlanta Hawks Coach 43-11
This year Mike Budenholzer is definitely the Coach of the year. He has led an Atlanta Hawks team, that lacks a mega superstar, to an impressive record. Budenholzer runs his offense as a unit, rather than a one or two man scoring attack. They rank 6th in the league in points per game and are 2nd in assist per game. This unselfish offense that Budenholzer has created is making a differenc in Atlanta. The Hawks are showing everyone that they are the real deal, and a major NBA title contender. Their 43-11 is proof that their system is working.
Defensive player of the year- DeAndre Jordan 13.8 RPG 2.35BLKPG
DeAndre Jordan has been a very great low post presence for the Clippers. He leads the league in rebounds per game, with 13.8 RPG. He also is second in the league in blocks per game, behind rising star Anthony Davis. Jordan has provided the Los Angeles Clippers with a post presence allowing them to rank 21st in points allowed as a team. The Clippers are also 24th in rebounds per game. This is all due to the play of DeAndre Jordan. The Los Angeles Clippers would have also not been able to accomplish an impressive 35-19 record without the defensive prowess of Jordan.