The 2021-2022 NBA season is right around the corner. We’re breaking down who is going to win each of the major NBA awards for this upcoming season and why they each are deserving of it.
MVP: Luka Doncic
This season will mark the 4th season in a row that an international player has won this award when Luka Doncic brings it home. Luka Doncic has already been putting up MVP type numbers since entering the league, but has fallen short due to his team’s performance. The Mavericks should be better this season and if they pick up a few more wins, Doncic should win this award as he’s already been a top 3 player in the NBA since joining the league.
Coach of the Year: Monty Williams
Coach Williams was the clear runner-up after falling short to Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau last year. The Suns shocked the NBA world with one of the best records in the league and fell to the Bucks in the NBA Finals. If the Suns can keep up the surprise success they had last season, Williams well deserves this award for the turnaround of this organization.
6th Man of the Year: Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is nowhere near his old 2011 MVP days, but he has been able to get his career back on track and make a name for himself again. Derrick Rose has had a solid last couple of seasons and is arguably the best player in the NBA coming off the bench. Rose should take this one away from Jordan Clarkson earning his first NBA award in 10 years.
Rookie of the Year: Jalen Green
In a packed rookie draft class, only one youngster will be able to shine and this year, it’s going to be Jalen Green coming out on top. Cade Cunningham is the best overall player in the class and was drafted #1 for good reason, but Green is going to make more of an impact for his team from the jump. Green is a more explosive player and is going to put up better scoring numbers than Cunningham to take this award.
Most Improved: Lonzo Ball
After the enormous hype surrounding Lonzo Ball largely by his dad before even joining the NBA, he hasn’t lived up to the high expectations set for him so far. He hasn’t been bad by any means, he’s been a solid role player as he’s been surrounded by monster talent around him. Ball is joining a new look Chicago Bulls team who also acquired Demar Derozan in the offseason to try to rebrand themselves. Ball fits well at the point to see his assist total increase with being the #1 at the position and should learn from some of the top defenders surrounding him to get better on both sides of the court.
Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis
The Lakers are looking to make it back to the NBA Finals after a surprise early exit in the playoffs last season. The Lakers certainly don’t have a lack of talent on their roster as they have Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and more including another new addition in Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers are going to have to get better overall working as a team, but one area they excel in is on defense with Anthony Davis leading the charge there. Davis has missed out to Gobert and Embiid over the years on defensive player of the year, but this year Davis is going to take command and prove why he is the best in the game at his position.