The upcoming NBA 2018-2019 season will be full of surprises, and we all know it. Player movement in the offseason filled the headlines for gambling industry news pages for weeks. Not only are we seeing new players in different jerseys, but we are actually looking at how these changes will affect the teams in both the Eastern and Western Conferences. So its time to fire up your bookie pay per head and let’s take a look at the favorites for the NBA Awards for the upcoming season.
Coach of the Year
The NBA is ripe with young and eager coaches, but one should never overlook the experienced ones. You have the likes of Quin Snyder and Dwayne Casey and Mike Budenholzer of the Bucks who has a good chance of winning, but if the Celtics reigns in the East, or gets a shot at the finals, then Brad Stevens will win this award.
Most Improved Player
Myles Turner has had a great end to the previous season, averaging 21.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. He is also showing a lot of improvement in the outside, and has transformed over the summer. You also have the younger players in the Lakers, who have the chance to improve their game as they play with, and learn from James. There’s also the likes of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram as they take on bigger roles in the team. However, Turner’s improvement and the potential for the Pacers to rank higher in the league could propel him to win the award.
Rookie of the Year
This season is actually a bit harder to pick one because there is so much uncertainty, but Deandre Ayton stands out, mainly because of a spectacular pre-season performance.
Sixth Man of the Year
There is a good chance that Lou Williams could win this award again. His averaging 22.6 points and 5.3 assists per game and if he gets a lot of floor time, he could set an even higher career high.
Defensive Player of the Year
Again, we might see a repeat of laast year with this award in Rudy Gobert. The Utah Jazz is poised to be the best defensive team in the league and Gobert could make that happen. Of course, Kawhi Leonard is a contender, but Gobert remains the favorite.
Most Valuable Player
Where do we even begin? Harden. Davis. Antetokounmpo. Curry. Durant. Leonard. James. Irving, even. But clearly, the hype is most focused on LeBron James. And if the four-time MVP can bring the Lakers to its former glory, then it should be a no-brainer for him to win this award.