It’s the end of the week, so that means another edition of Friday Musings! Last week I gave you my All-NBA, All-Rookie and All-Defensive Teams, so this week I will get to my midseason awards. First, though, here is an update on the new things that have been posted this week throughout the site.
We added eight guys to our greatest players list, as it continues to be fleshed out as we move forward. The goal is to have every player posted by the end of June.
#27, Rick Barry
#60, Billy Cunningham
#132, Jo Jo White (RIP)
#135, Blake Griffin
#144, Rudy Tomjanovich
#213, Kyle Lowry
#216, John Wall
#220, Willie Wise
Over on the greatest moments list, we published #105-#101 this week which included MJ’s “Double Nickel” and Dr. J in the original dunk contest. Next week we will make our way into the top 100.
Ok, last week I gave you my All-Teams, which you can check out here; this week it is time for the awards. Without further ado…
MVP- James Harden, Houston Rockets
I strongly considered both LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Harden has been just ever so slightly better. The Rockets have the third best record in the league and Harden is an offense unto himself. He carried the team when Chris Paul was out and his own injury didn’t cost him as much time as feared.
Rookie of the Year- Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Some may think this is slightly cheap since he technically in his second year, but Simmons is a rookie in playing terms and has been fantastic despite not being able to shoot. His combination of size, speed and passing ability is incredible. I have to give a shoutout to Donovan Mitchell, though, who is making his case for this award with a very strong start to the New Year.
Defensive Player of the Year- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
With Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gobert hurt for most of the first half, Green is undoubtedly the best and most versatile defender in the league. The moments when he truly brings it are special.
6th Man of the Year- Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
Williams has started some games but is still primarily coming off the bench during what has been his career year so far. With he and his team’s play lately, Williams is in strong consideration for a western conference All-Star spot.
Coach of the Year- Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics
Almost a completely new roster, a devastating injury five minutes into the season, and yet the Celtics are first in the east at the midway point.
Lastly, this week I posted my review of Jack McCallum’s latest book, Golden Days. You can find it over on the Random Product Reviews page. The book drew a through line between the ’72 Lakers and the modern day Warriors, with Jerry West in the middle of it. Because of that, I leave you with this Jerry West highlight mix.