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What If The NBA had Awards for Playoffs?

Andrew Bailey, Reporter

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In the National Basketball Association, awards are given out to players based on their performance during the regular season. The Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year, and All-NBA First Team are all named solely based upon their performance during the regular season exclusively. But what if you were able to win one of the same awards based on the playoffs? In our fake scenario, this is who would win those awards. Three things before I start: These are all my opinion, so if you disagree with me, just chill. It’s not real. Also, unlike with the real awards, a rookie can garner votes for, and even potentially win, Most Improved Player (you’re welcome, Jayson Tatum). Also, a player can win two different awards within the same year.

Playoffs Most Valuable Player: LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers (predicted regular season winner- James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets)

Playoffs Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans (predicted regular season winner- Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz)

Playoffs Most Improved Player: Terry Rozier, PG, Boston Celtics (predicted regular season winner- Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Pacers)

Playoffs Sixth Man of the Year: Eric Gordon, SG, Houston Rockets (predicted regular season winner- Lou Williams, SG, Los Angeles Clippers)

Playoffs Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics (predicted regular season winner- Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors-now unemployed, fired after playoffs second round exit)

Playoffs Executive of the Year: Danny Aigne, Boston Celtics (predicted regular season winner- Aigne)

All-Playoffs First Team: James Harden (Houston Rockets), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)

All-Playoffs Defensive Team: Chris Paul (Houston Rockets), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)

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