As an NBA fan, it seems as if the most exciting part of the season is when it ends. With trades constantly being made and awards being handed out to the top league leaders, fans are used to being hit with numerous surprises and shocks. As such, it is a common pastime for NBA fans and professional sports broadcasters to make bold predictions on what they think is going to unfold.
With the NBA award ceremony right around the corner, the tight race for MVP (Most Valuable Player Award) is finally about to close. The three final finalists, Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks, James Harden from the Houston Rockets, and Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, have been in a tight competition throughout beginning of the regular season. However, after Paul George’s lackluster end of the season, it has ultimately come down to the other two contestants.
While Harden’s season has been nothing but amazing, racking up a total of nine 50-point games, the “Greek Freak” has won the hearts of NBA voters due to his amazing talent on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court. As of currently, Giannis is an edge above Harden on the Kia MVP Ladder while also being a candidate for the NBA’s DPOY (Defensive Player of the Year), making him the favorite to win the award in the eyes of fans and voters.
Surprisingly, the race for ROTY (Rookie of the Year Award) caught fire during the end of the regular season. The three finalists have been narrowed down to DeAndre Ayton from the Phoenix Suns, Luka Dončić from the Dallas Mavericks, and Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks. However, fans and voters alike agree that the true finalists are Dončić and Young.
Throughout most of the regular season, it seemed as if the Maverick’s young talent ran away with the award after his astonishing performances. However, near the end of the season, Young caught fire, averaging an amazing 25.8 PPG and 9.0 APG after the all-star break. Ever since, the NBA has been split on this year’s award. However, many (and personally, as a Mavericks fan myself) have been leaning towards the kid from Slovenia.
Over the past years (and really over the past decades), Knick fans have recently been hit with blow after blow of disappointments. Their most recent, however, is losing the number 1 pick, and their chances to draft Zion Williamson, to the New Orleans Pelicans (who only had a 6% chance of landing the first pick). With the number three pick, the Knicks are now forced to take either Ja Morant or RJ Barrett (who are two perennial college prospects, but not as good as Zion).
However, even after their draft day disappointments, New York fans still have a ray of hope… In Free Agents. This postseason has a historic number of free agents, including the likes of superstars Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, and numerous others. As such, with the Knick’s recent cut in their cap room, they can sign a total of two superstars. Many have speculated that stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are planning to team up in New York, which can possibly take the league by storm.
With all these predictions on trades and awards in mind, it is important to remember that only time can tell what happens in the near future.
Featured Image: Two of the NBA’s MVP Finalists (James Harden, left and Giannis Antetokounmpo, right) (Photo courtesy of SLCDunk.com)
By: Jack Houston, Staff Writer