Apr 21, 2014, 6:54 PM EST
The NBA is doing a great job building suspense for its awards.
If we’re going to keep learning which team won an award without knowing which award, there’s plenty of speculating left. Few teams are in contention for only one award. The Spurs are definitely in the running for two – and now we know they won at least one.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
My guess is also Popovich, who earned my mythical Coach of the Year vote. With Jeff Hornacek, Steve Clifford, Tom Thibodeau and Popovich splitting support from voters who emphasize single-year impact, I think Popovich will claim nearly every vote from those who credit the best overall coach (with Thibodeau also getting some of those). That’s a roadmap to victory for the Spurs coach.
Manu Ginobili also received my and Kurt’s mythical Sixth Man of the Year votes, but I don’t expect him to win the award. Jamal Crawford will get votes from those who prioritize scoring, and Taj Gibson will impress voters who value all-around play (even though award-eligible Bulls teammate D.J. Augustin has more win shares). Ginobili gets caught in the middle, not drawing votes from either type of voter. I wouldn’t be shocked if he wins, but I’d say Gibson and Crawford are more likely. Markieff Morris, thanks to his campaigning and the Suns’ compelling narrative, might even have a better shot of winning.
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