Can anyone tell me why the NBA decided to give out these awards at the end of the season? Anyone?
To me it just feels wrong. Back in the day they’d announce the awards during the first round of the playoffs and then the MVP would have to prove himself worthy.
Now, with the NBA Finals come and gone, it just feels pointless to hand the MVP award out to a guy who didn’t make it to the Finals. At this point it feels like Kawhi should get it, having witnessed everything that he did to will the Raptors to their first title.
I am not the Commissioner of the NBA though, so what do I know?
Giannis Antetokounmpo definitely had an amazing regular season, and as far as those 82 games go, he was hands down the best player in the NBA. He averaged career highs in points (27.7), rebounds (12.5), assists (5.9) and shot an amazing 58% from the field.
Giannis was insanely efficient on offense, and while he didn’t score like James Harden, he defended at a level that Harden could only dream of matching. Giannis ranked 2nd in defensive rating, while Harden came in at 50th.
Giannis also led the Milwaukee Bucks to their 3rd best season in franchise history, winning 60 games which was good enough for the best record in the NBA. It was these factors that made the Greek Freak the clear cut MVP.
Then we had the Rookie Of The Year Award which would have been unanimous if not for a phenomenal finish to the season by Hawks Point Guard, Trae Young.
Before the all-star break he struggled to find any consistency averaging 16.9 ppg on 40% shooting. He also average 7.6 assists and nearly 4 turnovers as well making his assist to turnover ratio a less than impressive 2-1.
After the All-Star break was a different story.
In the last 24 games of the season Trae Young averaged 24.7 ppg shooting 44%, and dished 9 assists while lowering his turnovers to 3.4 per game. This dramatic improvement put him in the race, but it wasn’t enough to steal the award from Luka Doncic who was consistent all year long.
Luka Doncic’s 21 ppg are the highest average for a rookie since Blake Griffin’s 22.5 in 2011, and is only the 5th rookie to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Needless to say, Luka earned that Rookie of the Year Award.
It will be interesting to see how both of Trae and Luka’s careers pan out from here, as they are both incredible talents, with bright futures. I look forward to seeing them compete in the years to come!
Congratulations to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, the country of Europe, and of course, all of the other winners!