Executive of the Year- Michael Winger (LA Clippers): This one is kind of an obvious one. When you bring in both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (2 top 10 players) to your team, you’ll probably win Exec of the Year.
6th Man of the Year- Gordon Hayward (Boston): Gordon Hayward had a disappointing year like most Celtic players did last year. But two years removed from his horrible injury, Hayward may be primed for a big year. The Celtics aren’t as deep as they were last year and that means more opportunity for Hayward. With Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum starting over him, Hayward could become one of the best bench players this coming year.
Rookie of the Year- Zion Williamson (New Orleans): Who else? Zion Williamson may be the most hyped rookie since LeBron James and he’s looked amazing in the preseason. At 6’7″ and 285 pounds of muscle, Zion is already one of the best athletes in all of basketball. Its also really going to help Zion to have a good team around him already. This one may be the best lock.
Coach of the Year- Mike Malone (Denver): Coach of the Year is tricky to pick because you can’t predict what obstacles a coach will encounter. But for me, Mike Malone stands out. He’s helped build Denver into a legit title contender and this is their best team under his watch. If Denver can get the number 1 seed in the loaded West, Malone should get it.
Defensive Player of the Year- Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee): At just 24, Giannis is arguably the best player in basketball. He’s the reigning MVP and my pick to win Defensive Player of the Year. He’s 6’11” with a wingspan of 7’4″. He’s a fantastic one on one defender, a great blocker, and can guard anyone at anytime.
Most Valuable Player- Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers): In my opinion, Kawhi Leonard is the best player in basketball right now. At 28, Kawhi is in his prime of his career and is on the favorite to win to win the championship. If he can lead the Clippers to the best record in basketball, he’ll win his 1st MVP.