NBA Mid-Season Awards

NBA Mid-Season Awards

Jarret Bailey, Sports Writer

The NBA season is halfway done and the true contenders are starting to rise in each conference. With that comes individual honors to go to the league’s most recognized players. These are my picks for mid-season awards:

NBA MVP: Stephen Curry (Warriors): Curry is the leader of arguably the best team in the NBA, and he is having a career season with an averages of nearly 24 points per game to go along with 8 assists, which is good for 5th in the NBA, and a league-leading 2.16 steals per game as well. James Harden of the Rockets could make a run at MVP as well, leading the Rockets to a current second seed in the West and leading the league in scoring.

Rookie Of The Year: Andrew Wiggins (Timberwolves): There hasn’t been much to be excited about in Minnesota, being that the T-Wolves record is almost as bad as the weather in Minneapolis, but they do have a young star in the making in Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins’ rookie year didn’t start off as planned, as he was drafted first overall by the Cavs and traded to the T-Wolves for Kevin Love, but he has had a great year. Wiggins is averaging 15.2 points per game, leading all rookies to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Another thing that makes Wiggins an easy choice is that he hasn’t had much competition for the award. The closest rookie that could compete with him is Nikola Mirotic in Chicago, but Wiggins should run away with the award.

Sixth Man Of the Year: Taj Gibson (Bulls): The Bulls have had injury trouble this year with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, but luckily Taj has stepped up to the plate when he was needed, as he has done the past few seasons. He’s averaging around 11 points and 7 rebounds so far this year and is excelling at his role as the Bulls’ motivator and sixth man off the bench. Jamal Crawford of the Clippers has practically been the poster child of this award, but I think that Taj has earned the right to be the NBA’s Sixth Man.

Coach Of the Year: Steve Kerr (Warriors): The Warriors currently hold the NBA’s best record while sitting atop the West.  They are equipped with two of the league’s best shooters, and an NBA Legend at the helm of it all. Steve Kerr, I remind you, is in his first year of coaching and has made an incredible impact already. Many experts like the Warriors to win the West, and if Kerr keeps up his motivation and great strategy, they may be right.

With a whole half of the NBA season left to play, we’ll just have to see what happens, and it should be a lot of fun.