Now that the 2018-2019 NBA Season is coming to a close, the newly arranged NBA Awards Show will soon begin. The show debuted two years ago with TV personality Anthony Anderson hosting it last year. In this show, they will televise the winners of the NBA Season Awards in an Oscars-like show. The awards consists of the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Rookie of the Year (ROY), Most Improved Player (MIP), and a handful of others.
Green Archer Jordan Bartlett, Green Batters Angelo Tantuico and Rafael Pascual, and Green Booters Mateo Alegre and Gyan De Vera share their insights with The LaSallian.
Green Archer Jordan Bartlett
MVP: James Harden. I don’t care how much he dominates the ball, anyone scoring more than 35 points per game should win it unanimously. Kobe got robbed last time.
ROY: Luka Doncic. I’ve never seen someone his size that is also so nimble and crafty as a rookie. No brainer…step back game’s crazy.
SIXTH MAN: Terrence Ross. This one is kind of biased because we’re friends and went to the same school but he deserves it! Has a crazy bounce and can shoot! He’s been a walking bucket this season!
MIP: Derrick Rose. A rose can really bloom twice. He’s been the biggest comeback story of this year. His hard work should be rewarded. If he doesn’t get a reward, I’m gonna throw my phone.
DPOY: Giannis. He’s probably the only person in the world I’d be scared to shoot over.
COACH: Michael Malone of the Nuggets. I’m so surprised how well they’re doing considering they don’t have any megastars on their team. He gave Isaiah Thomas a chance twice. He’s one of my favorites!
Green Batter Angelo Tantuico
MVP: Paul George. He is making the most impact. He has been consistent in the clutch situations and elevates the level of play of his teammates.
ROY: Luka Doncic. He plays with the intensity a 10-year veteran would play with [when] he’s only 19 [years old].
COACH: Mike Budenholzer of the Bucks. His team currently holds the best record in the NBA. He also hasn’t had a major change in roster, yet the team looks completely different from last year.
MIP: Tobias Harris. He made the Clippers a winning team before he got traded to the 76ers.
DPOY: Paul George. He leads the NBA in steals in the league and is one of the reasons why OKC is one of the top defensive teams in the league.
SIXTH MAN: Derrick Rose. He has had a lot a good production off the bench and comes up big in clutch situations.
Green Booter Mateo Alegre
MVP: MVP this year has to[be] James Harden. That man is a complete monster considering that he’s averaging at least 30 points per game.
ROY: ROY has to be Luka Doncic. The man is amazing and he’s so fun to watch! The man is only 19 years old but plays as if he’s a veteran in the league.
COACH: It has to be Steve Kerr considering how well he controls a team full of superstars. It amazes me. His philosophy of the game is incredible because he truly brings the best out of his players.
SIXTH MAN: It’s probably Lou Williams.
DPOY: Defensive Player of the Year probably has to be Rudy Gobert because of how consistent he is.
MIP: Most improved is definitely Khris Middleton from the Bucks. His performance has been such a big part [as to] why the bucks have improved so much this year.
Green Booter Gyan De Vera
MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Unstoppable and can do everything but Paul George [is] close second and [is] creeping up.
ROY: Luka Doncic, obviously.
SIXTH MAN: Derrick Rose. Comeback season and playing really well after all the injuries he’s had.
MIP: D’Angelo Russell. Big step up from last year’s trade and now the leader of the Nets.
DPOY: Giannis Antetokounmpo. All around player and can switch and guard all positions.
COACH: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer because he currently holds the best record in the NBA and the system fits his team perfectly.
Green Batter Rafael Pascual
MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo. He has the best stats all around. He has carried his team to the current best record in the league.
SIXTH MAN: Spencer Dinwiddie. He has made a great leap this year considering he was a finalist for the MIP award last season. He is shooting at an efficient percent and has helped the Brooklyn Nets push for a playoff spot for the first time in a while.
ROY: Luka Doncic. He has looked very mature for a rookie and has exceeded all doubts and expectations.
DOPY: Rudy Gobert. He is the back to back winner of this award due to the fact that he protects the rim like no other. He has an elite level defense that has helped the Jazz secure a high defensive rating.
MIP: Pascal Siakam. He has vastly improved to help contribute to a succeeding Toronto squad. His stats have gone up all around and he continues to play well in a stacked squad.
COACH: Mike Budenholzer.