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NBA 2019-20 Season: Predicting the regular season award winners

Talal Meenai
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01 Aug 2019, 06:55 IST

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo

Most of the NBA awards aren't extremely difficult to predict before the regular season. For instance, many people correctly picked the eventual winners of the MVP and ROY awards last season as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic respectively.

Furthermore, Mike Budenholzer always does great in the regular season and came to coach a Milwaukee Bucks team that had loads of potential; hence it wasn't impossible by any means to envision Coach Bud as the winner of the Coach of the Year Award. Gobert was easy to predict as the Defensive Player of the Year as he comfortably won it the year before whilst Lou Williams is always a top candidate for the 6th Man of the Year Award.

This means that the only award that really requires someone to think about when predicting the winner is Most Improved Player since there are so many people poised to have breakout seasons. It's just that some improve more significantly than others depending on the role they have on the team as well as the hard work they're willing to put in to reach the heights that they're capable of.

Therefore, here are my predictions for the 2019-20 NBA regular season awards.


MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Due to the fact that so many NBA superstars teamed up to have a better chance of competing for the title, their chances of being the Most Valuable Player immediately took a hit as two or three All-Stars will be credited for team success rather than one unbelievable player.

Therefore, due to the all-round dominance of defending MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the absence of another superstar on the team (Middleton is borderline All-Star), I assume the 'Greek Freak' will win back-to-back MVP awards.

The challenge next season will be to lead his Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA Finals for an outstanding chance to compete for the title. Despite Kawhi's departure making the defending champions in the Toronto Raptors weaker, teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics certainly won't make Giannis and the Bucks' jobs easy.


Rookie of the Year: Ja Morant

Adam Silver and Ja Morant
Adam Silver and Ja Morant

The No.2 overall selection in this year's draft is such an explosive and skilled point guard. Morant has drawn comparisons to John Wall with his superb athleticism, scoring, and passing attributes.

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Furthermore, he's already a better shooter than Wall. On a Grizzlies team that includes Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jonas Valanciunas, Morant will definitely have an opportunity to grab loads of assists and average close to 20 points per game as the main ball-handler and playmaker in Memphis.

I believe Zion Williamson is a better all-round player than Morant and will have a better NBA career, but at the moment, he's on a Pelicans team with so much talent around him that he won't be able to put up the numbers that the guard out of Murray State has the potential to.

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