NBA Awards and the Sideline Icons Podcast Predictions

The sole reason I am making this blog post is to look back at our Sideline Icons NBA season and awards predictions for the season. This was done back in late December right as the season was kicking off.

Sideline Icons Predictions & Episode with their rationale

Links to listen:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sideline-icons/id1519130929?i=1000503338180

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/341waxg1hQtRMni09gDwbv

NBA Awards & their finalists

Most Valuable Player

  • Stephen Curry
  • Joel Embiid
  • Nikola Jokić

Unfortunately for us, none of us are going to be correct in this category. Those three guys had stellar seasons and the injury bug prevent Kevin Durant and LeBron James from playing.

Rookie of the Year

  • LaMelo Ball
  • Anthony Edwards
  • Tyrese Haliburton

I’m the only one with a pick still alive in this race. Wiseman and Toppin had their moments but didn’t see the consistency of minutes and output like the guys above. Ball’s numbers are still strong but his time away due to injury might give Edward the edge.

Most Improved Player

  • Jerami Grant
  • Michael Porter Jr.
  • Julius Randle

This is another aware in which I am the only one with a guy still left but I’m giving Randle the edge. He’s improved his game so much this seasons and even helped his New York Knicks squad make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-2013 season.

Sixth Man

  • Jordan Clarkson
  • Joe Ingles
  • Derrick Rose

Once again (not bragging of course) but I am the only with someone left in the hunt. I’m hoping to be correct but would like to see Derrick Rose win this one. The Chicago kid continues to prove the doubters wrong and play valuable minutes for the playoff-bound Knicks.

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Rudy Gobert
  • Draymond Green
  • Ben Simmons

I’m the only with anyone left in this race with my Rudy Gobert pick.

NBA Coach of the Year

  • Quin Snyder
  • Tom Thibodeau
  • •Monty Williams

The three of us were banking on the two new coaches helping making big leaps with their new teams. Billy Donovan’s Chicago Bulls we’re mostly up and down and don’t see enough success for him to be considered. Steve Nash’s Nets are playoff bound but the finalists contributed a bit more to changing cultures. If I knew Rose was going to reconnect with Thibs, I would have leaned toward him. Also, since I picked the Suns as my Darkhorse, I may try to say I wasn’t far off if Monty Williams wins.

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