26 September 2020

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NBA 2020 AWARDS [YOU VOTE]

VOTING AT THE END

The league in a hiatus, basketball on hold, there is no sign of the NBA returning anytime soon. With that, we have brought to you the League Alerts NBA Awards Fan Vote where YOU are able to voice your opinion and have your say in who you think should win each award. Fill in the form below to voice your opinion and have the results displayed on the League Alerts page.

Scroll down below the form to see a brief description of each player and how they have contributed to the team and how they have been individually this season. This is to help you make the right choice for who to vote.

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Make your selections wisely!

These are surely going to be some tough choices for you all so we have decided to give you a brief overview for what each player has done and contributed to their team thus far in the season. We will go from top to bottom so these brief summaries might be able to help you decide who to vote for.

MVP

Giannis Antetokounmpo has had a tremendous season, ranking top-5 in the league in rebounding and in points while also leading the Bucks to the best record in the league. He has taken strides to improve his game, becoming even scarier than last year.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 14:  Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks handles the ball during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Fiserv Forum on December 14, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Stacy Revere / Getty Images

LeBron James has been dominating the league at age 35 and is showing no signs of slowing down. He leads the league in assists and has the Los Angeles Lakers atop the Western Conference standings.

James Harden leads the league in points per game scoring at a ridiculous rate alongside Russell Westbrook this season. He has accomplished everything that was asked of him in the regular-season and has been solidifying himself as one of the greatest scorers to ever live.

Luka Doncic has been a surprise this season, nearly averaging a triple-double in only his sophomore season. The youngster from Europe has had the league on its heels, replacing the great Dirk Nowitzki and becoming the franchise player the Dallas Mavericks sorely needed.

Anthony Davis has been putting up monster numbers alongside LeBron James this season, posting career-highs and finally playing on a winning team. Being a force on both ends of the court while helping the Lakers achieve the top-seed in the West helps make his case for MVP.

Rookie of the Year

Although the rookie phenom, Zion Williamson, was only able to play a handful of games before the league closed its operations, he put the league on notice. Posting solid numbers as a rookie, Zion showed the league of whats to come with his high-flying dunks and his overall positive impact on the team

Ja Morant, taken 2nd overall this past summer, has exceeded everyone’s expectations and put himself into the league’s spotlight. He has shown off his insane athleticism and shown that he can carry a team to success, just as he lead the Memphis Grizzlies to the 8th seed in the western Conference alongside his young teammates.

Kendrick Nunn, the undrafted rookie, who plays on the Miami Heat came out of the gates with on a historic scoring pace, a path not many rookies before him had walked upon. Kendrick Nunn was an integral part to the surprising Heat team who positioned themselves to be a problem in the East.

Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) brings the ball down the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Miami. The Heat won 117-100. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynn Sladkey / Associated Press

Sixth Man of the Year

Lou Williams is a name you hear every year when this award is mentioned. A lethal scorer off the bench, Lou has proven himself time and time again that he is the best player to come off the bench in the history of the game. Might as well name the trophy after him now.

Dennis Schroder, a guard who comes off the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder, has been making gradual improvements to his game every year. The arrival of Chris Paul helped him reach his potential and he has become an integral part of the OKC roster.

Montrezl Harrell is another LA Clippers player who comes off the bench. He plays a huge role for the Clippers adding the necessary depth they need to make a serious run for the title. He’s one of the few players who come off the bench and provide a much needed spark to the team.

Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) celebrates during an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press

Spencer Dinwiddie, played much of the season in the starting role when Kyrie Irving was healthy, but he played a huge role in the team’s success being one of the only players to average more than 20 points coming off the bench.

Defensive Player of the Year

Rudy Gobert once again showed the NBA why he wins this award on a regular basis, continuing to be a vital rim-protector for the Utah Jazz. Without him, the Jazz do not have a complete defensive system as he is the anchor and keeps the system in shape.

Anthony Davis is the defensive anchor on the best team in the West. He has played with an intensity that few have seen him play with before. Winning this award brings up the question of whether he should be mentioned in the “top-50 players to ever play” discussion.

SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 12: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the match against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
Zhong Zhi / Getty Images

Giannis Antetokounmpo is another vital player to the Bucks defensive system. He brings the energy every night, blocking shot after shot and being a versatile defender who has the ability to guard all positions.

Ben Simmons is an interesting candidate, solidifying himself as one of the best defensive guards in all of basketball. He led the league in steals and is one of the better defensive players on the Philadelphia 76ers.

Most Improved Player

Devonte Graham came out of nowhere. A casual fan would not have heard of the sophomore until early this year. He burst onto the scene with a scorching hand, draining 10-three pointers in a game, early in the season. He also showed the league that he was one of the top assist-getters ranking near the top of the league in that category.

Bam Adebayo was selected for Team USA the previous summer but chose to drop out. Many people did not see the reason why he was selected in the first place and thought that this selection was wihtout any obvious reason. Bam proved everyone wrong this seaosn showing that he was a very capable big man who could do a little bit of everything on the floor.

Brandon Ingram finally found a home in New Orleans and immediately went to work, showing his potential and what he could do throughout this season. Ingram used his length and his natural physical gifts to his advantage to become the star player the Pelicans needed him to be. He continued his excellent season evenafter Zion returned from injury.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives to the basket in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images

Luka Doncic, just a sophomore player, took a tremendous leap in his game and has drawn comparisons to a young LeBron James in terms of statistics. He has the ability to make his teammates better and has improved every facet of his game from the previous year. He is a serious candidate for both the MIP and MVP awards this year.

Coach of the Year

Frank Vogel, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, has thrived in his new role. He has lead a team, comprising of two top-5 NBA talents to the top seed in the West. In only his first season as head coach, Vogel has made a name for himself in the league, showing he can truly lead a team out of the playoffs, into it.

Nick Nurse, the head coach of the Toronto Raptors, has exceeded expectations this year, leading this championship squad, minus Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, to the second seed in the top-heavy Eastern Conference. He has shown creativity beyond a person’s imagination and has used his enormous basketball IQ to deal with multiple injuries throughout the season and still be a threat to two-peat this season.

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Nathan Denette / Canadian Press

Brad Stevens, the head coach of the Boston Celtics, has helped develop a young team into a perennial contender. He has helped turn Jayson Tatum into a future MVP candidate and has skillfully coach teh Celtics to the 3rd seed in the East. Stevens should continue to use his mind to lead one of the most storied franchises back to another NBA Finals, trying to help them win another title.

Mike Malone, the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, should come on this list to nobody’s surprise as he has lead Jokic and the Nuggets to a top-3 seed in the extremely tough Western Conference. Malone only has one perennial All-NBA talent on his roster, Nikola Jokic, and has still lead the team to success.

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