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PBT Extra: Giving out MVP, end of season awards

Apr 16, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

I’m in the majority on this one — Kevin Durant would get my MVP vote, just edging out LeBron James. Where it gets interesting is spots 3-5 on the ballot, as there are way more deserving candidates than spaces.

Julie Donaldson joins me for the latest PBT Extra where she asked me about the bottom of the MVP ballot, as well as who I would pick for Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year.


  1. fballlvr22 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Noah #3

    • chicagosports2014 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Yep, Noah!

  2. davidly - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Shambala being used for a BoA commercial is about as discouraging as symbolism gets.

  3. casualcommenter - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Yeah, IMO, LeBron James is still the best player in the NBA, but Kevin Durant improved his defense, passing, and rebounding this year enough to close the gap a lot.

    If you use True shooting percentage, Durant was roughly as efficient as LeBron this year, but Durant scored more points plus rebounded more than LeBron and had almost as many assists per game.

    Durant’s defensive statistics were also better than LeBron’s, which to me suggests both that Durant improved AND LeBron coasted. So Durant individually had a better season than LeBron by several measures, and speaking of coasting –

    The Thunder won 58 games in the ultracompetitive Western Conference despite Russell Westbrook missing 37 games.
    The Heat won 54 games in a historically bad Eastern Conference with Dwyane Wade missing 30 games.

    So Durant’s team won more despite a more difficult schedule and his #2 guy missing more time than LeBron’s. The Heat just lost too many games to teams below 0.500 like the Celtics x2, 76’ersx2, Jazz, Knicks, Pelicans, Nuggets, Kings, etc., suggesting inconsistent effort, and that isn’t enough for LeBron to 3-peat as MVP.

  4. chris3141084 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Noah, Carmelo, Love

  5. davidly - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Most Improved Player:
    2013: 8.8 pts (46%), 3.9 rbs, 2.9 asts, team record 49-32, 3rd in conf
    2014: 13.8 pts (49%), 7.2 rbs 4.6 asts, team record 56-26, 1st in conf

    – led team in rebounds and assists
    – led league in triple doubles
    – led all guards in rebounding
    – led small forwards in boards except for Anthony, Batum, and Durant

  6. money2long - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Guard the trophy well. Word on the street is anti is plotting on stealing the award just so they won’t award it to KD ..

  7. jimeejohnson - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Love to see KD get the MVP. He’s earned it.

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