Break out the black ties, red carpet and green-with-envy second-place finishers…
It’s NBA awards season!
For the first time ever, the Association is announcing its annual awards in an on-air production, which can be seen on TNT on Monday night. As Commissioner Adam Silver told Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner on The Full 48 podcast, “I feel bad that people have to wait, but the notion was that, for me, having been with the league 25 years now, I never liked the way the awards were dribbled out, essentially, throughout the playoffs.”
With the wait nearly over, we’ve gathered some of B/R’s best basketball minds to predict how voters will decide the debates we’ve been having at sports bars and around water coolers. Was Russell Westbrook’s historic season enough to earn him MVP honors? Does Draymond Green finally get the Defensive Player of the Year he’s arguably deserved in years past?
And, of course: Who takes home the fan votes like Dunk of the Year, Performance of the Year and, obviously, Best Style?
These answers and more will come to fruition at 9:00 p.m. Monday.
From our squad to yours, here’s how we see things playing out.